"Coming out of the water after baptism at Sandy Point, St. Kitts. Nov 1897. The baptising is by a Baptist pastor." Crowd gathered to witness baptism at sea shore. Boats on the water.; The earliest Wesleyan mission began in the West Indies when, in 1786, Thomas Coke, destined for Nova Scotia, was driven off course by a storm and landed at Antigua in the British West Indies. There he developed a successful mission of both slaves and landowners. Within a few years almost every colony in the West Indies had been reached.