Adventist Church in Western Jamaica Spearheads Public Town Hall Meetings to Address Crime & Violence

  •   Adiese Jonas-Murphy, Communication Director
  •  Friday, May 31, 2019
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Pastor Glen O. Samuels | PHOTO CREDITS:  File

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Western Jamaica opened its doors to several stake holders, educators, pastors & professionals, during a specially designed Town Hall Meeting geared at finding solutions for the crime ‘monster’ affecting the Parishes in the West. The meeting held on Thursday May 23, 2019, formed part of a three-day social and spiritual intervention initiative spearheaded by the church and was housed at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre.

 

“We meet against the backdrop of a bleeding society” said Pastor Glen O. Samuels, President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Our responsibility as members of the fraternity, is to be conscious of the role wholesome values and right attitudes play, in the construction of a better society. It is my hope that as we converse, the conversation will go beyond this room to the school room, the classroom, the boardroom, the business room and to homes. Hopefully we may begin to chart a new course for our young people” he passionately stated.


In February 2016, the church launched its youth mentorship programme dubbed “Operation 7000,” with the aim of guiding its unattached youth from the fringes of society, to the path of success.

 

“To facilitate our mentorship programme,” said the President, “we have been assisted by some hard working professionals and I am happy to report to you that up to this point we have trained 738 youngsters in the area of youth mentorship. It is our hope that these 700 plus Senior Youth will be able to train others in creating a meaningful difference in the lives of our youngsters” he ended.

 

Among those participating by way of greetings at the meeting, was the President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Winston Lawson. He commended the church on its proactive approach.


“Certainly our country Jamaica and this tourist capital, Montego Bay, do have need to address the issue of crime and violence. It means ladies and gentlemen that we as citizens, as civil society, as a government, as an opposition, as a church have a lot of work to do. Congratulations to the West Jamaica Conference, on what is yet again a well needed initiative as we look at aspects of crime and violence and youth mentorship” he ended.
The town hall meeting featured 15 trained psychologists/counselors who facilitated discussions with perpetrators of violence, victims and/families affected by crime and violence. There was also an available 72-hour prayer line for those who needed it.

 

 

 

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