After three months of island-wide volunteer initiatives, megachurch pastor Miles McPherson opened a two-day evangelistic festival in the Cayman Islands on Friday.
The family-friendly festival features an action sports area where professional athletes perform motocross demos, BMX and Skate Demos, and surf and WavePool Shows. In the evening, music artists and Pastor McPherson take the stage for the Christian music concert featuring an evangelistic message.
The "Do Something World Festival" is expected to be the largest event of its kind in the Islands' history.
It marks the culmination of months of community services that are part of McPherson's "Do Something Campaign." The campaign seeks to bring civic, business and church organizations together to "love and serve" the local community using sustainable solutions.
Volunteers perform tasks that address key social issues in the community, such as family, education and the environment.
"I often say that the volunteer groups in this country do work that our government cannot afford to pay for," said the Honorable McKeeva Bush, the premier of the Cayman Islands, at the unveiling of the Do Something World sculpture on Thursday. "The churches do work that our government cannot afford to pay for…and I am happy that many have joined in this Do Something Cayman program."
He added, "Government just cannot pay for this type of goodwill."
Some of the volunteer projects performed in the past months included renovating dilapidated prison cells, remodeling primary schools, ministering to inmates, beautifying parks, and training Cayman ministry leaders on how to start a deaf ministry.
McPherson, senior pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego and founder of the ministry Miles Ahead, this week brought a team of 90 volunteers from California to provide services on the Islands.
A team of medical professionals provided health care seminars to more than 500 local children, ages 5 to 11. They held seminars to inform the students on diabetes prevention, diet, hypertension and healthy lifestyle choices.
The San Diego team also helped build 12 new classrooms in the West Bay area, adding 3,500 square feet of classroom space to the overcrowded schools. The volunteers' services saved the local government $1.2 million.
Besides the Cayman Islands, the "Do Something Campaign" has taken place throughout the United States, Canada, Africa and in other parts of the Caribbean.
Last year, McPherson's The Rock Church completed 600,000 hours of volunteer services as part of its campaign. In terms of monetary value, the volunteers saved the San Diego County nearly $10 million worth in services.
McPherson's recently released book ,Do Something: Make Your Life Count, challenges churches across the nation to mobilize people to serve their community and share Christ's love beyond the walls of the church.
The "Do Something World Festival" on the Cayman Islands will officially conclude on May 31.