Catherine Hall, Montego Bay-- The Footprints of Hope Gospel Campaign and Community Social Intervention Series ended on Sabbath, March 23, 2019 with a total of 225 newly baptized members along with 130 certified individuals who benefited from HEART Trust/NTA Training.
During the five-week long event in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, scores of lives were impacted by the outreach through the preaching and teaching of the word by Pastor Glen O. Samuels, skills training during the days and social media livestream coverage.
“I wanted to get baptized earlier” said Shantel Kerr, who was baptized on the last day of the programme, after watching the day’s sermon online “but I was having a challenge and I didn’t get to come to church (on Sabbath). However, my (former) teacher...shared the link in our (WhatsApp) group and I was watching [it]. Something was nudging me as I kept watching” she said as she reflected on the impressions that the Holy Spirit was making on her heart, to make the decision.
The partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA and the Footprints of Hope Social Intervention Series saw 130 persons being certified in the areas of Essential Customer Service, Small Business Management, Preventative Motor Maintenance, Tiling.... This Programme’s impact was extended all the way to Cambridge in St. James, where Jhanielle Murray, a worker at the Free Zone, Montego Bay is from.
“It was a very good collaboration with the HEART/Trust and the meetings” said Jhanielle, who also invited her sister and others to take advantage of the skills training “to provide these short courses for both working class and unemployed persons” she added. Due to the distance that she had to travel, she was unable to stay most evenings, but Ms. Murray expressed that she was blessed by the few nights that she made the sacrifice to remain.
Pastor Stephen Drummond one of the four district pastors involved in the series, expressed satisfaction with the impact that the messages and the programme overall has had on the church members who were involved in the campaign.
“We were motivated to move forward with the mission of the church, recognizing that the coming of the Lord is near. Our congregations have benefited greatly from the programme and we say, to God be the glory,” added Pastor Drummond.
There were four Districts involved in the series: Montego Bay, Granville, Harrison and Kings, led by Pastors Andre Johnson, Evrette Taylor, Chadrick Cunningham & Stephen Drummond respectively.
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