Archive for the ‘Tobago’ Category

Timeline, SDA Church in Trinidad

March 20, 2009

Adventist History Library (AHL) is currently developing a comprehensive timeline for the Adventist work in Trinidad. It can be found *HERE* at Covenant Forum’s AHL section.

2009, Trinidad and Tobago Adventists

March 18, 2009

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Trinidad and Tobago

Caribbean Union Conference

Both Church entities covering Trinidad and Tobago are part of the Caribbean Union Conference. The Union Conference is responsible for these institutions:

  • University of the Southern Caribbean (formerly Caribbean Union College). P.O. Box 175; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Community Hospital of Seventh-day Adventists. P.O. Box 767; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Siparia Healthcare Clinic and Diagnostic Center. Corner Grell and High Street; Siparia, Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Tobago Healthcare Clinic and Diagnostic Center. 34 Carrington Street; Triangle Building; Scarborough, Tobago; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Radio Bible School. P.O. Box 66; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Centre for Health Promotion and Wellness. P.O. Box 767; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Trinidad, The South Caribbean Conference

  • Churches, 116; membership, 53,666; population, 1,281,804
  • Education

  • Bates Memorial High School. Adventist Street; Sangre Grande, Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Caribbean Union College Secondary School. Maracas Royal Road; St. Joseph, Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Southern Academy. Palmiste Branch Road; Duncan Village; La Romaine, Trinidad; Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Website for the South Caribbean Conference
    http://www.southcaribadventists.org/

    The Tobago Mission

  • Churches, 30; membership, 7,751; population, 56,196
  • Website for the Tobago Mission
    http://www.tobagoadventists.org/

    Education:

    “The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tobago operates five schools, four primary and one secondary. There is also an evening school programme that caters to individuals who cannot be absorbed into the regular school system for various reasons.

    “More than one hundred persons have been able to access free tertiary level education at the University of the Southern Caribbean Extension Campus, at Harmon.

    “The church believes that education is the harmonious development of the physical, mental and spiritual powers, hence the reason for our great emphasis on education.

    “The Harmon School of Adventists located at Rockly Vale, Scarborough in Tobago is the secondary school run by the Tobago Mission.

    “Our Primary schools are Charlotteville Seventh-day Adventists Primary School, John Roberts Memorial Primary School , North Regional Sevnth-day Adventists Primary and Scarborough Seventh-day Adventists Primary”

    William Arnold, Pioneer Book Seller

    March 17, 2009

    William Arnold, Pioneer Book Seller, A Chronology

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    1884
    Served on the nominations committee for the first annual meeting of the Sanitarium Improvement Company. YB 1885, p. 66

    TO AUSTRALIA

    1885
    The first party of Seventh-day Adventist missionaries, consisting of S. N. Haskell, J. 0. Corliss, M. C. Israel (ministers), W. Arnold (a colporteur from Michigan), and H. Scott (a printer),; landed in Australia. Melbourne was chosen as the first field, and it proved a fruitful one, for at the close of 1886 there was a church of one hundred members established. RH 1918, V95-31

    J. O. Corliss’ wife and two children came as well; as did Israel’s wife and their two daughters. On May 10, they took passage on the ship Australia from San Francisco, and twenty-eight days later landed in Sydney, June 8. In about a month from then they were all settled in Richmond, Melbourne, and on July 4, 1885, they held their first Sabbath school, their membership being eleven persons, comprising workers and their families (as listed above). They met in Haskell’s rented house in Richmond, Victoria (AAR 1901-07 sp03, p. 13).

    The original Minute book for this gathering “recorded the following: Superintendent, Pastor S. N. Haskell; secretary, Jane Israel. The lesson study was, ‘The Saints’ Inheritance,’ and ten were present as students. No offering was recorded.” AAR 1965-33, p.2.

    In less than three weeks, on July 21, a mission was opened in the Temperance Hall, Richmond. A little later that year, with the mission work well begun in Australia, S. N. Haskell left for New Zealand. RH 1948-19, p. 16

    “These laborers met with opposition from both the pulpit and press. They worked as best they could, visiting, holding Bible-readings, and selling books, Brother Arnold selling over 1000 copies of Daniel and Revelation in Melbourne in less than a year. Many tears were shed and prayers offered in connection with this first year’s work. ” AAR 1901-08, p. 10.

    “With the first contingent of workers came also Brother H. 8cott, the printer of the party. It was in the bedroom of Brother Scott in Richmond that the first type was set up and it was then conveyed by handcart to the local press for the printing of our first literature in Australia.

    “Quite a number of older brethren will remember the old Bible Echo printed at Best Street, North Fitzroy. The printing press for this paper was given by Brother Arnold, who gladly donated £250 earned by the sale of “Daniel and the Revelation…” AAR 1935-30, p. 11.

    TO ENGLAND

    1887
    November 22, Tenth Meeting of the 1887 General Conference Session: “26. That Wm. Arnold, now in Australia, go to England to help in establishing the canvassing work there.” YB 1888, p. 41.

    1888
    In June, 1888, Bro. Wm. Arnold arrived from Australia, and spent a few weeks canvassing for “Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation.” His efforts were attended with marked success. The willingness to read on the subjects presented in the Bible readings which have been held, is continually increasing, and many families have become interested in different parts of the city. Several soldiers at the barracks at Southampton have embraced the truth principally by reading. YB 1891, p. 75
    Noted as England’s first colporteur. TCOG, 1945-3, p.5
    1889
    April, May and June; Arnold “very successful” in London. YB 1891, p. 76

    THE WEST INDIES

    “The work in the West Indies was begun by Brother Wm. Arnold, in the winter of 1888-9. He visited and sold books on the islands of Santa Croix, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montseratt, and Barbadoes. He gave to the International Tract Society the addresses of 1,200 persons who had purchased ” Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation” from him, and the society began sending literature to them and corresponding with them. A number began to obey as the result of this work.

    1890
    On November 7, 1890, Elder Dexter A. Ball sailed to Barbadoes, in company with Brother Arnold. A gentleman owning a mission building in Bridgetown invited Elder Ball to hold meetings in his chapel, and fifty-seven discourses were preached. A number accepted the truth, and since then a church has been organized.

    Saint Vincent was then visited by Elder Ball, and also Antigua. At the latter place, the work of a sister who had become acquainted with the truth in London, England, had led several to accept it. About sixty services were held here, and twenty-six persons joined the believers in the West Indies. – Saint Kitts and Santa Croix were also visited. At Montseratt, an open-air service was held, and a number of books were sold.

    1891
    “We have also been able to respond to the pressing calls from the West Indies by sending Elder D. A. Ball of the Pennsylvania Conference to labor in that field, and with him Wm. Arnold.” YB 1891, p. 46

    “Elder Ball then revisited Saint Kitts, to make arrangements for Brother Charles D. Adamson to enter the work. While there, three persons signed the covenant, as the result of personal work. On the way to Barbadoes, a few days were spent at Dominica. Reaching Barbadoes, after a long absence, it was found that the brethren there were of good courage, and their numbers had been increased. Brother Adamson joined Elder Ball in the work there for about six weeks, when, they went to the island of Grenada. Here they found a number keeping the Sabbath as the result of a brother’s efforts, who had received the truth through reading a book which he had purchased in South America.

    “Brother Wm. Arnold is still canvassing in the islands, with good success.” YB 1892, p. 74, 75

    IN DEMERARA (GUYANA)

    Arnold works in Demerara (Guyana); writes a descriptive letter home to his children.

    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

    He spends the summer in Trinidad to wait out Demerara’s rainy season.

    1892
    Arnold works the summer in Tobago.

    THE MAGIC POCKET VAPORIZER

    1904
    Marketing the Magic Pocket Vaporizer, “because everybody wants it.”

    I find little difficulty in getting recommendations from influential people, having secured haif a dozen testimonials from among the clergy of this city (Battle Creek). The canvasser needs but little capital in selling this instrument, as deliveries are made as fast as opportunity affords, and In this way he will find his influence constantly increasing. A splendid opportnnity is also afforded to do missionary work among the suffering, and the canvasser can make good wages besides.

    I predict a large sale for the Magic Pocket
    Vaporizer.” ALUG 1904-45, p.11

    HOME IN NEW YORK STATE

    1908
    April 25-26, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold attend a meeting at West Valley, New York. “We were glad to see Brother and Sister Wm. Arnold present. Brother Arnold is not very strong physically, but his courage and hope in the Lord is strong. ” ALUG 1908-19, p. 4.

    1910
    Lives at Ellicottville, New York. W. B. White reports on his visit with Arnold. ALUG 1910-01, p. 2.

    LIVES IN COLORADO

    BACK TO NEW YORK

    1917
    Lived in Colorado for a time and now coming back to Ellicottville. ALUG 1917-22, p. 8.

    WILLIAM ARNOLD DIES

    1922
    William Arnold dies. Survived by his wife and daughter, Mabel. ALUG 1922-25, p. 8.