Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on the Church to never cease praying for the nation, but to have faith that through prayer, positive change will come.
“Do not give up in despair, Jamaica is not going anywhere. It is not going to sink. Do not listen to all the doom day prophets, we are not going anywhere. We are just going through a cycle; we are going through hard times but we will come out. How soon we come out is dependent on how much we pray,” the Governor-General said.
He was addressing persons who turned out at the St. Ann’s Bay Baptist Church, in St. Ann, for the National Prayer Vigil, which was held on December 13. The vigil, which was organised by the St. Ann’s Bay Ministers Fraternal, was held under the theme: ‘Justice, Unity, Peace and Healing’.
“Prayer promotes tolerance and encourages unity and positive vibes and all of this is good for Jamaica. It is the supreme remedy for the challenges facing our nation. It draws us closer to God and transforms the lives of all persons who are engaged in prayer,” the Governor-General said.
He argued that the social and economic challenges that confronted the nation were as a result of intertwined components that could only become untangled through collaborative bouts of prayer. “Men and women must always pray and not faint,” he emphasised.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Committee for Justice, Unity, Peace and Healing Committee, Rev. Dr. Roy Henry, commended the St. Ann’s Bay Ministers Fraternal for staging the vigil, pointing out that in addition to the vigil, the group had also decided to undertake a few social projects.
The offering collected at the event would be used to purchase a Haematology machine for the Princess Margaret Hospital, in St. Thomas, three oxygen saturation monitors for the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital and an industrial machine and autoclave for the St. Ann Infirmary.