Adventists Reopen IADPA Bookstore & Deli in Kingston
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Publica Affairs & Religious Liberty | Friday, November 8, 2019
The Inter-America Division Publishing Association (IADPA) had the grand reopening & ribbon cutting ceremony of its newly refurbished bookstore located at the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists headquarters, 74 Constant Spring Road in Kingston on November 7, 2019.
The bookstore incorporates a deli in its new design to give customers an opportunity to taste and experience some of the fantastic health food options being promoted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is the fifth IADPA Bookstore in Jamaica to incorporate this new marketing strategy.
President of the Inter-American Division (IAD) of Seventh-day Adventists, Dr. Elie Henry was pleased with the progress that was being made in the publishing ministry of the church through the IADPA bookstore and highlighted that the books that are being made available to the public through our bookstores are helping to spread the gospel to the world.
“As I travel from place to place, it is good to see the support that the
Publishing ministry has received throughout the Inter-America Division,” Henry said. “Sometimes we love to remember that our church started really strong with Publishing,” he added.
The IAD president said that sometimes as a church we become doubtful when we are faced with challenges and we often think that we are losing ground in publishing. “That is why I am so happy to come to these inaugurations and coming here in Kingston is for me reaffirmation that we as Seventh-day Adventists believe in the publishing work,” the top leader of the SDA church in Inter-American Division said.
President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, Pastor Everett Brown, said that this store fits into the overall mission and focus of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica. “Our focus is to impact the lives of the people we serve,” Brown said noting that Adventists are always conscious about spiritual and healthy living.
“The IADPA Bookstore provides all the reading materials that the members of the church and the community at large would want to access in order to become more healthy and aware,” Brown said when he offered greetings to scores of persons gathered for the special occasion.
Brown congratulated Mrs. Debbie McLean, National Manager, IADPA Bookstore in Jamaica and her team and wished them success on this new business model. He highlighted however that for the deli to be successful, it will require the continued support of the hard working colporteurs who over the years have been doing a tremendous work of taking the message to the world through the printed pages.
“We hope that by retrofitting this store we will be able to better serve the members of the church and the wider community which the church serves.”
Ms. Clara Spengler, Director, IADPA Bookstores said an Adventist Bookstore is a light wherever it is. “It is a place where people have the printed pages that they read to know Jesus. It’s the place where you can take care of yourself and change your life forever,” she said to scores of persons gathered for the historic event.
Spengler noted that November was being recognized in Jamaica as diabetes prevention month, cancer prevention month as well as drug awareness month and ceased the opportunity to give a plug for the books that are available to the public at the IADPA Bookstores.
“It is so good to know that we have so many books that will help you to deal with those things that Jamaica is trying to prevent,” she added.
Pastor Saul Ortiz, President, Inter-American Division Publishing Association was pleased with the work being done in Jamaica under the leadership of Mrs. Debbie McLean and was proud to highlight that she was doing a tremendous job.
“I have to recognize the tremendous work of Debbie McLean and her team in Jamaica. In IADPA we need more people like Debbie,” Ortiz said as he celebrated the inauguration of the new bookstore to proclaim the gospel.
The newly refurbished bookstore now includes a deli where customers
may purchase sandwiches, shakes, burgers, wraps and vegetarian pizzas. It not only sells books and has a deli but also has a kids reading area and play area. Customers will have the choice of eating their meal in the aesthetically pleasing air conditioned environment of the bookstore or they may choose to eat on the outside where they can watch the traffic go by on the newly reconstructed Constant Spring Road.
Other IADPA Bookstores are located at 58 Brunswick Avenue, Spanish Town; Shop 2 Mid Way Mall, Mandeville; Shop 55 Ocean Village, Main Street, Ocho Rios and Shop 14, Overton Plaza, Montego Bay.
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