Posts Tagged ‘Trinidad’

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.

1894, Lord Opened Way to Trinidad, Adamson

March 18, 2009

1894, Charles Adamson in Trinidad

Review and Herald, March 6, 1894, p. 9


Windward and Leeward Groups.

AFTER Elder D. A. Ball left me in Antigua, I endeavored to put in my time in the sale of books, and in holding public meetings in the different villages; and while I enjoyed God’s blessing in my feeble efforts there, I longed to go to the island ol Trinidad. This became a burden to me. I placed the matter before the Lord, and he opened the way for me to go in a most wonderful manner. After many fruitless efforts, I secured $24,— all I could call my own in this world,—and Oct. 9, 1893, my family and I sailed for Barbadoes. I remained here two months, giving all the time I could to the dear brethren. The little company here are living on
the promises of God, and are full of the glorious hope.

I left my family here, and sailed Oct. 12 for Granada. This, is an island 100 miles from Barbadoos. Landing at Greenville, the second town, I remained seven days, and sold three “Bible Headings.” The majority of the people in this island are Roman Catholics. I left here Oct. 22 for Trinidad, landing on that island the 25th. Port-of-Spain, the capital, is a city of nearly 4000 inhabitants, with all modern improvements. I found four Sabbath-keepers here, and sold three books.

Nov. 22 I took the train for San Fernando, the second seaport town on the island, twenty-five miles from Port-of-Spain. I met many at this place who sighed after something pure ; they earnestly asked for some one to instruct them in the way of truth. There are six here who are deeply interested. I sold two books. From here I went to Princetown, and visited the correspondents of the International Tract Society. They are very grateful for the reading-matter sent them. A tailor signed the covenant to obey and live. I returned to Port-of-Spain, Nov. 9, visited the dear ones, and showed them the necessity of assembling together. On the 12th we formed a Sabbath-school of five members, all full of bright hopes.

Nov. 25 I brought my family from Barbadoes. I cannot begin to tell how much we have enjoyed God’s blessing. Our needs are all supplied, and truly light is increasing on our pathway. Our Sabbath-school has increased from five to nine. The greatest number of the people here, especially the upper class, are Roman Catholics. The Freethinkers have a society, and Atheism and Universalism also flourish. There are about 80,000 Hindus, who are the contract laborers. The Canadian Mission is doing a good work for them, and there are many among this people who are thirsting after truth. May the Lord enable us to do something for them soon for us and for the effort here.


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

A. E. Flowers

March 18, 2009

1894, A. E. Flowers: Minister to Trinidad
Review and Herald, February 6, 1894, p. 16

Tuesday, Jan. 30, brother A. E. Flowers, of the Bible school of this city, was solemnly set apart to the work of the gospel ministry, preparatory to his leaving for the island of Trinidad, to engage in missionary work in that island and vicinity. The exercises were held in the chapel of the new College building, conducted by Elders Durland, Prescott, and the writer. The evening following, brother Flowers left for his home in Missouri, to make immediate preparation to depart on his mission.

Flowers Sails on S. S. Trinidad
Review and Herald, February 20, 1894, p. 16

ELDER A. E. FLOWERS and wife sailed from New York, Feb. 17, on the steamship “Trinidad,” bound for the island of Trinidad, where an interest has so lately been awakened in our work by reading, and where the people are calling loudly for the living preacher.

The S S Trinidad (file photo)

The S S Trinidad (file photo)

1894, Kneeland’s Christmas on Trinidad

March 18, 2009

Review and Herald, February 13, 1894, p. 4


As our boat was detained in the harbor of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, over Christmas, we improved the opportunity by going on shore and making the acquaintance of some of the persons with whom the International Tract and Missionary Society had been in correspondence.

When it was known that we were there in the interests of the tract society, we had no lack for friends, and we were gladly welcomed by all. Some had been receiving the Signs and other publications, which they had eagerly read and circulated ; in some instances carrying them on foot twenty miles to their friends. In this way very many had heard something of our work, and as a result, one family had begun the observance of the Sabbath, and others are convinced. This brother belonged to the Church of England, and as they were unable to convince him that he was in error, they expelled him from their midst. This incident only increased the discussion of the Sabbath question, and many questions were asked us on this subject. We tried to show them that Christians should honor Christ by keeping his law.

Services were desired before we left, and the Baptist mission building was kindly offered us. Christmas day with this people is wholly given up to amusements; but the invitation sent out soon gathered in quite a company, who gave good attention as we tried to present a few thoughts from Rom. 1 : 16.


Georgetown, British Guiana.

1892, Chadwick Visits Trinidad and British Guiana

March 17, 2009

1892, Spring, L. C. Chadwick Reports

Review and Herald, June 21, 1892, p. 12


AFTER my last report, I spent a few days at Trinidad, Where “nothing has ever been done in the interests of the present truth, except that brother Arnold is now delivering large numbers of ”Great Controversy,” and the International Tract Society is commencing a correspondence, which is showing good results. This is a beautiful island, and one in which ministerial labor should soon be begun. As I visit these fields, and see the open doors before us on every hand, my heart goes out in prayer for our people to awaken to the responsibility that rests on us to support our foreign work, that we may extend it into all these islands and other countries toward which we have hardly turned our attention. There are about seventy thousand Hindus in Trinidad, or about one third of the population. Many of them have received a knowledge of the true God, and we should be doing something for them.

I spent twenty-two days in British Guiana, from April 27 to May 19. Five years ago Elder G. G. Rupert labored here two months, and brother Geo. King sold some books. A small church was organized. Last year brother Arnold sold several hundred books in the colony, which has a population of about three hundred thousand, of whom one third are Hindus. The church has struggled along under difficulties, among which has been a division in their own numbers; but in the face of all these, others have received the truth, and there has never been so widespread an interest to know more of the message, as there is at the present time.

My labors were bestowed chiefly upon the church and the believers. By the blessing of God, differences vanished, hearts were united, and I believe that much good was accomplished. I went out eighty-five miles in the country, held a few meetings, and baptized eight, and later sixteen were baptized in Georgetown, of whom three were Hindus. The church was strengthened, and I left it with a membership of forty-one. The officers were unanimously chosen, and we felt that the Lord sanctioned the service when the elder and deacons were set apart for their work, with prayer and laying on of hands. At the farewell service, we celebrated the ordinances, and it was a time of refreshing. If all continue to walk in unity and love, the influence of the cause may be greatly extended. This is an important field, and we should have one minister located in this colony, to develop the interest that now exists.


1891, Wm. Arnold, Book Seller, Visits Trinidad

March 16, 2009

1891, Colporteur Wm Arnold Visits

Review and Herald, July 14, 1891, page 5

As the rainy season in Demerara (Guyana) has set in, thus putting an end to my work in the country districts, I thought I would come over to Trinidad until the weather is more settled in Demerara. Port-of-Spain is the capital of Trinidad, and numbers perhaps 40,000 people; they are the most cosmopolitan of any that I have met in this field. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Coolies. The different denominations represented are Church of England, Wesleyan, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Catholic.

The Catholic Church is very strong owing to the great number of French, Spanish, and Portuguese. But the most substantial people of wealth and influence are generally found among the Scotch and English. Some of the heaviest mercantile firms both in Trinidad and Demerara, are controlled by the Scotchmen.

A young Presbyterian has lately come to Trinidad to learn the Hindoostanic language and labor among the Coolies. I have met one of the teachers at Queen’s College who is a native Spaniard, and teaches both Spanish and French. Now, would it not be a line idea for one of our ministers who wishes to learn Spanish, to come down here and labor, and at the same time get a knowledge of Spanish? I understand that there is a talk of sending a minister this way. I wish he were here now.

When I came here, I brought with me a quantity of ”Great Controversy,” and commenced taking orders, and at the same time delivering as fast as possible, to let the book advertise itself. Among other signatures, I have that of his Excellency the Governor, the Auditor-General, the Register-General, the Acting Surgeon-General, the mayor of Port-of-Spain, the dean of Trinity Cathedral, etc. One wealthy sugar merchant, after purchasing a book, remarked to a friend that that was the best five dollars he ever spent. So his friend bought and paid for a copy, and then referred me to a third, who has paid me the cash for a book. The first man was formerly a member of the Church of England, but when they placed the crucifix and candles on the altar, he withdrew from them. I do not think he is now leading a religious life. Perhaps he does not see anything in the churches worth following. I think some of our ministers who are in delicate health should make the West Indies their field of labor.

The heat is very seldom as great here as with you, and sunstroke is almost unknown. I will quote from Guppy’s Almanac :—

“The range of the thermometer is usually from seventy at dawn to eighty-eight in the middle of the day. During the hotter months it reaches ninety-three, or even higher; while during the cooler weather, which generally lasts for a few weeks at the beginning of the year, the temperature sinks as low as sixty-six at night. The dry season may be reckoned to extend from the middle of January to the middle of May, but it is sometimes a week or two longer than this. “

As one passes from point to point in this part of the world, he will find new objects of interest wherever he goes. Barbadoes is a beautiful island. When you reach Demerara, you find the most beautiful city I have seen in the tropics, with broad streets, electric light, etc.; but the country is low and flat, not a mountain in view, and if it were not for the sea-wall, the country would be inundated at high tide, it is naturally an unhealthy place. Last year they buried 3,000 in Georgetown alone.

In Trinidad we see the grand old mountains once more, a pleasant change after six months in Demerara. I have visited the Botanical Gardens here, and they are simply magnificent. The governor’s palace has been erected in these gardens, and with, its surroundings affords a home worthy of any potentate. Across the way from the palace, is a public square, or savannah, as it is called here, which is as flat as a floor, and contains about 400 acres. I witnessed a military parade there on the queen’s birthday.

I shall probably stay in this island till sometime in August, when the dry season will give me an opportunity to finish up my work in Demerara.


Port-of- Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, May 31. age=5