Observed around the time of the first of August (Emancipation Day), each year, Rev. Mr. Bennett Sr., said that he was pleased to be associated with yet another staging of the global day of prayer for spiritual renewal and transformation of Jamaica.
“As we celebrate our Emancipation as a people, and our Independence as a nation, I urge that your prayers be inspired by our national anthem; in the hope that God may respond to the urgent cries of His people.”
And in a dated message, marking the occasion, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the current level of indiscipline is both alarming and unacceptable.
“As you congregate to pray for our nation, I ask that you make a special appeal for the renewal of minds to transform our country into a disciplined and orderly society.”
In a plea for unity, he said, “we have to bond together and promote love, peace and kindness, while we encourage each other to play our part in helping to meet the country’s economic and growth targets”.
Chairman, the Rev. Mr. Bennett Sr., who heads the expansion sub-committee, confirmed at a recent planning meeting that a number of new prayer centers (churches), have joined the movement for this year’s prayer initiative. These include centers in Westchester County, Davie in South Florida; Philadelphia, Delaware and the Greater Toronto Metropolitan Area.
Already, scores of churches and places of worship in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom, participate in the annual prayer vigil for the nation’s spiritual renewal and transformation, first started in 2004, by a coalition of clergymen affiliated with the Brooklyn, NY-based Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (IPMI), founded/chaired by Rev. Newton Gabbidon.
Clergy and/or churches wishing to join the movement and participate in the day of prayer, can contact, IPMI at; 718-241-2162, or online at www.jdop.org.
- Countries: Jamaica