Pastor Ken and Caroline Cumming of Callao Salvaje Community Church officially recognized for their humanitarian work in south Tenerife

Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.

I’ve just posted this Christmas weekend’s events, one of which is the hugely popular Callao Salvaje Christmas concert this Sunday with Pastor Ken Cumming and his wife Caroline, and this couple have now been officially recognized by their local council for their constant and ongoing work, often in the background, helping all residents, physically and spiritually, throughout not just Adeje but also the wider community in south Tenerife.

The recognition comes as Ken and Caroline mark the 10th anniversary of the carol concert, and saw the pair receive a special plaque from the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga. Also present at the presentation was Callao Salvaje and Health Department councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo. Mayor Fraga thanked the couple saying, “We are so grateful to you for the work you do, for the interest you show and for the collaboration you give in a selfless way, for the benefit of all. I firmly believe that is the right path to follow, that our residents are involved in activities that help everyone and work towards the building of a better world where respect, solidarity, help and support for everyone is the keystone of our advancement”.

Ken and Caroline arrived in Tenerife almost 15 years ago, initially running a language school. Just over ten years ago they moved to Callao Salvaje to open up the Callao Salvaje Community Church. Ken says, “We thought, as it was coming up to Christmas, that it would be good to have an outdoor carol service. We approached Adeje for permission and this was granted, along with some practical support.” The first year there were about 150 people in attendance, and it has grown over the years, “with the invaluable support from Adeje Council, the Alcalde, various councillors, including our local councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the culture department and now the citizen participation department.” The Adeje school of music has also been a very active participant and we can boast that Agoney sang for us before he became famous.”

As part of the event, they also collect toys for Adeje social services and non-perishable foods for the food bank. Ken commented, “We seek to help and support every resident both physically and spiritually in our small area in Adeje, and by doing so, we want to demonstrate how much God loves all of us”.

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