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Cayman Islands

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Background

The largest of the British dependencies is the Cayman Islands located south of Cuba and west of Jamaica. Consisting of three low-lying coral islands the area of the islands is 260 sq km (100 sq miles). Today the Cayman Islands are one of the world(s largest off-shore financial centers offering a confidential tax have to 35,000 companies and several hundred banks. Tourism is also a significant factor in the local economy accounting for 70% of the island(s gross national product. When first discovered by Europeans the islands were uninhabited and until the 1960s farming and fishing were the chief occupations on the islands. The current population of about 40,000 is of largely Afro-European descent with one-fifth being an immigrant labor force from Jamaica.

Stone-Campbell Presence

Among the immigrants from Jamaica was Patsey Alberga. Sensing the need for Christ in the Cayman Islands she begged for evangelistic assistance. In 1977 Harvey Starling and Don Starks responded with a campaign. The result was that twelve were baptized. Later William Worthey returned as a resident missionary under the sponsorship of the Armory, Mississippi church, an a cappella Church of Christ, and subsequent campaigns resulted in additional baptisms. Gary Kirkendall and Cecil May III have also labored in the Cayman Islands.

Families supported by the American Christian Churches and Churches of Christ have done work in the Cayman Islands, including Paul and Wanza Smith on Grand Cayman for 1956 to 1964; Janet Wilson of World Mission Builders with residence in the capitol, George Town; and Bill and Monica Wilson in Boddentown.

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada financially support the Committee on Caribbean and Latin America, NCCCUSA and have provided assistance to the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (Congregational-Disciples of Christ-Presbyterian).

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
January 2004

Revised by Gary Holloway, February 10, 2014

Contact Information

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B. Congregational Information

Website: http://www.churches-of-christ.net/world/caribbean.html

Bill D. and Monica Wilson,
Open Door Christian
Box 61 Boddentown, Grand Cayman
British West Indies

Churches of Christ in the Cayman Islands
P.O. Box 733
George Town, Grand Cayman B.W.I. Cayman Islands
Telephone: (345)949-5785
Email: msalmon@caymanport.com
Website: http://www.cichurchesofchrist.org

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