Adventist Church Donates Wheel Chair to 16 Year Old with Special Needs

  •   Adiese Jonas-Murphy
  •  Friday, January 18, 2019
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Nicola Johnson is flanked by Pastor Horace Locke, Elder Raymond Thomas and her grandmother Maxine Reese during the handing over of a Wheel Chair on Sabbath, January 5, 2019 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Porter's Welcome | PHOTO CREDITS:  Contributed

Thanks to the persevering spirit of members from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Porter’s Welcome Westmoreland, sixteen-year-old Nicola Johnson (a special need member) no longer has to rely on others to lift her to her destination. She is now able to wheel herself, using her new wheel chair which came as a donation from the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It was presented to her on Sabbath January 5, 2019.


“We are all so excited that she got the wheel chair” said Maxine Reece, Grandmother of the teenage recipient. “We were praying that she would either get a walker or a wheel chair. I had faith and I told her that one day God would answer her prayers and that she should keep praying and believing.  I must admit, although I believed, I was so surprised when Pastor called and said that he had a wheel chair for her.”


Though a recent convert to the faith, Nicola uses every opportunity she gets to inform others of her love for Christ. Her recent gift is added motivation to share the gospel with others. “She has faith and prays a lot” said her Grandmother. “When she talks to you about God, you would think that she has been in the faith for a long time!”


Latoya Cunningham who serves as one of the Leaders of the Church, was among several persons instrumental in sourcing the wheelchair. “I feel very happy that she is able to have the wheel chair, because often times she is admitted to the hospital and can’t move. I believe it is our duty to look within the congregation and see the needs of those who we seek to cater to” she added.


Due to a birth defect, Nicola has never walked. However, that did not prevent her from being baptized during a recently conducted evangelistic series held in the Petersfield District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the Summer of 2018. “She would come to church” said Cunningham, “but struggled each time to move from place to place. Recognizing her need, the church decided to fill the gap.”


Johnson is the only Seventh-day Adventist member in her family.



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