The island of Barbados is considered part of the Caribbean with a population of approximately 280 thousand people, predominantly of African descent. Barbados is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Well-known figures from Barbados include eight-time Grammy Award winner Rihanna and famous cricketers, Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Frank Worrell as well as track athletes Obadele Thompson and Ryan Brathwaite.
Christianity is considered the dominant religion, with Barbadians identifying as Protestant, Anglican, Pentecostal and Methodist among others. The number of Barbadians who identify as non-Christian is relatively small, with approximately four thousand Muslims, most of which are Indian immigrants or descendants.
Barbados offers an endless array of sporting activities. Sports has become such an integral aspect of Barbados that the island is developing sports tourism. The year-round tropical climate and abundant tropical vistas creates an optimal atmosphere for sports enthusiasts. There are many popular sports played in Barbados, such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, netball, track & field, rugby, polo and various watersports. However, cricket is most passionately followed by Barbadians. There is a national team and a franchise team, Barbados Tridents, which is part of the Caribbean Premiere League. Barbados also has players that play an integral part on the West Indies cricket team.
FCA Barbados serves locally as Combined Faith Christian Sports Ministry, which was founded in 2000 by Dean A. Squires out of his passion for God and basketball. In a time where many churches were losing their appeal among the youth, such an initiative was very timely for giving greater opportunities for young people to engage with the Gospel message. The four major areas of focus are coaches, schools, camps (basketball, soccer, volleyball) and communities (including sports clubs).
FCA Barbados seeks to make an impact in the lives of coaches and athletes throughout the country through short term mission trips, sports camps, clinics and huddles. Staff and volunteers offer their own time, resources and funds to reach the communities of Barbados for Christ. FCA Barbados is experiencing opportunities for staff to present to coaches and athletes the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.