Seventh-day Adventists in the western part of Jamaica organized a community impact program in light of the recent spate of violence in Grange Hill and the surrounding communities, which left seven persons dead, including two children, and another ten persons wounded, earlier this month.
Several Adventist churches rallied together on May 5 to meet, pray and offer counsel to individuals in the community, instead of taking part in the regular Sabbath morning worship services.
Members also took the afternoon to march in the streets and rally at the Marcus White Transport Center, at Morgan’s Bridge, in Grange Hill, accompanied by marching bands from the West Jamaica Conference and the Sandy Bay Adventist Church.
Family Must be a Priority
“We have lost our way, we have lost the ‘book of rules’. Parents are no longer in charge of their children, parents are no longer in-charge of the home,” charged keynote speaker, Pastor Charles T. Brevitt, stewardship and trust services director for the church in West Jamaica, as he quoted the words of the Heptones 1976 single.
“We want men whose brains control their impulse, we want fathers and mothers to take charge of the home, making family a priority, We want men who will provide for their families, who will be the priest in their homes, who will be the mentor, where they command their children and their household after them,” said Brevitt.
“This is heart rending,” said Delgado Black, pastor of the Grange Hill district of churches and one of the organizers of the program. “When I visited the families and areas affected and saw what was happening, it drove me to call for this activity,” said Black who prayed and counseled many persons during the activity.