Population: 55,000 (2010)
Capital: George Town
Major language: English
Major religion: Christianity
The Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory comprised of three islands. They are a microcosm of the global community where more than one hundred nationalities live side by side, with the highest standard of living in the Caribbean. Christianity is engrained in the culture, with most people in power involved in their local church. Yet the country is affected by a growing nominalism and secularism, accelerated by the introduction of new lifestyles and worldviews.
- in its first years of existence
- 2 universities: IFES present in one, 2nd university open to start a group
- 1 college, open to start a group
- 1 Law School
- 3 government high schools, Christian groups already in 2 of them
- 6 nongovernment high schools, no groups
There needs to be a reintroduction of the gospel in this country that is suffering some spiritual ambiguity. Many Caymans go to church in body but not in spirit, and need to rediscover who Jesus actually is.
The strength of the IFES group is its commitment to holistic discipleship: by showing people how to be faithful followers of Jesus, the movement touches all aspects of the people’s lives and has the potential to make significant impact in the country. Although it is in its first years of existence, everyone – from the government to churches to schools – has welcomed the ministry.
View from the inside
Tomy Wilkerson has launched the ministry in the Cayman Islands. Reflecting on the multiculturalism in his wife Brianna’s home country, Tomy is excited that it is ‘filled with kingdom possibilities. I pray that a mustard seed movement happens here. Perhaps it starts small but as it grows it creates change for the rest of the Caribbean and the world.’
Key verses for his ministry have been Acts 20:22-24: ‘And now compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying the gospel of God’s grace.’
- for the country to rediscover who Jesus actually is;
- for the students’ hearts to be as open, hungry and welcoming to the ministry;
- for good contacts with the universities and high schools to be maintained and new groups to be formed;
- for local leadership and financial support.