Population: 176,000 (2011)
Official language: English
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Inter-School and Colleges Christian Fellowship (ISCCF)
Saint Lucia is a small tropical, mountainous island in the Caribbean. Christianity is the predominant religion and Christians are free to worship, fellowship and witness.
- 3 tertiary institutions all with ISCCF groups
- 1 full-time staff, at least 5 volunteers
- high school ministry is the main ministry - around 700 students
- informal graduate ministry
- largest student group has 40 students, the smallest group has 6 students
The majority of ISCCF ministry is in high schools and Christian teachers are needed to facilitate groups. However, many Christian teachers are not able to give the ministry sufficient time. The movement has nevertheless seen committed students looking to show Christ’s love in innovative ways. The ‘love basket’ initiative sees students contribute items to needy students over the Christmas period. Students also engage in evangelistic activities. For Valentine’s Day, they designed special cards with scriptures about God’s love inscribed on them and took the opportunity to share God’s love on campus.
ISCCF also thanks God for the involvement of graduates at all levels, including serving on the board and providing financial support. The movement has a healthy partnership with churches and most educational institutions are also happy to work with them.
View from the inside
Yana Terris, staff worker for ISCCF Saint Lucia, writes, ‘I am encouraged by our very first staff worker Josephine Romain. For her to make history by leaving her home and family to follow the voice of God is truly remarkable. That one faithful step has made way for many more steps and as a result many more lives changed.’
She is inspired by Psalm 145:1-7, which include the verses: ‘One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty - and I will meditate on your wonderful works.’
- for student leaders to remain committed to Christ and to the work of the ministry;
- for Christian teachers to find time to devote to the ministry;
- for financial stability for the student movement;
- for a stronger and more efficient graduates’ group;
- for the national board members to continue to grow in their devotion to the work.