Citizens of Cassava Walk, Albion*, Montego Bay welcomed the presence of a Branch Sabbath School in their community as leaders and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Montego Bay on Saturday, September 21, 2019 had an opening ceremony to mark the event.
The members of the community have expressed their appreciation for the addition of this religious institution within their neighbourhood and are expectant of the long and short-term positive impact.
“It is a nice thing for the young people and for us” says Kedra Campbell a community member “Even if for a moment, we forget that there is a Creator—there is someone who cares, the congregation provides a reminder. We like to know that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is here,” added Campbell.
She was also very hopeful for the difference that the church will make for future generations. According to her, “There is a cycle (of curse and violence) that we need to break” she continued. “We always look forward for you (the Church) to be here and we enjoy doing to the Bible Study courses on Sabbaths,” she mentioned. Kedra went on to note the fact that she is looking forward to a special graduation ceremony connected with ongoing Bible study course that she and other Bible Students have been participating in.
Garnette Spence, another member of the community, is equally excited about the prospects of the church’s presence in the usually volatile community.
“I feel good about the church coming into the community as I would also like to join” said Spence. “It will help us to have some change in the area,” he added.
Members and leaders of the Montego Bay Church have been conducting studies in the area since last year, 2018, when a special outreach initiative was launched to reach the community of Canterbury.
“We started 2018 as a year of outreach, to reach the unreached areas closer to the Church, mainly Canterbury and Sewell Gully,” explained Pastor Andre Johnson, of the Montego Bay Church. “Special commendations must be given to Elder Audley Scott, the personal ministry leader, who has carried the passion and vision of the proposal and today a dream has come true,” continued Pastor Johnson.
“We conducted a survey in the area to ascertain the spiritual needs and followed-up with Bible studies and also distributed care packages, street meetings and conducted health checks every second Sabbath afternoons,” explained Pastor Johnson. “The church took the decision to plant the church here due to the request of numerous community members,” he ended.
*Please accept our sincere apologies for the error with the name of the community mentioned in this story. In the original release, it was noted as Canterbury, instead of Albion. The Editors apologize sincerely for the error and inconvenience that this may have caused. Thank you for your understanding.
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