Jericho Church Rededicated after 82 Years of Service to the Community

  •   France Chambers, Communication Director
  •  Friday, August 10, 2018

 

Though affected by three major Natural Disasters and the onslaught of other ravishing threats over the past 82 years, the Jericho Seventh-day Adventist Church triumphantly celebrated God’s presence with them on Sabbath, August 4, 2018, during a weekend long celebration which saw as the main highlight the rededication of the Church’s physical edifice.

 

The rededication of the temple took place in the presence of local members and representatives from the wider church organization. To the delight and appreciation of the members of the Jericho Church, the rededication was expedited with the help of a few former members referred to as the “Diaspora Restoration Committee.”

 

Celebrated under the theme: “Restoration, Renewal and Rededication,” the brethren and community members took time out to acknowledge the remarkable improvement that the edifice has undergone over the past three years. Many also used the opportunity to rededicate their lives to God.

 

Through the combined efforts of the committee members, over USD$40,000 was raised to assist with the restorative work of the temple. The Diaspora Restoration Committee is steered by a membership of five key individuals: Dr. Lincoln McKenzie, Elder Homer McKenzie, Sis. Charmaine Gordon, Bro. Frederick Bucknor and Chairperson Dr. Eric Allen. The motivation to organize this body came after the need for renovation was observed and mutually shared by the members of the committee.

 

“The initial members saw the dire need for the church renovation and initiated a plan to raise funds to accomplish it” the committee members explained. “The committee consulted and worked with the local leadership (the church board) to initiate and execute the restoration plan” they concluded.

 

Pastor Leon B. Wellington, retired Vice President of the Inter-American Division and whose mother happened to have been a colpourter in the Jericho Community decades ago, shared in the celebration.

 

“The rededication of this edifice offers us the opportunity to recommit ourselves to being the lighthouse for those in darkness and a symbol of hope and peace in this community” he shared.

 

President of the Jamaica Union Conference Pastor Everett Brown, lauded the brethren and the committee for their gallant effort.

 

“For this church to have been given this opportunity over the past 82 years, to render selfless christian service and ministry to the members of the church and the community at-large is indeed an extraordinary accomplishment, that every member of the church should be proud of” he said.  “It is an achievement worth emulating by other churches.” The President also thanked the leadership of the church and the committee for their sacrifice of ministry to God and the people in Jericho.

 

Local Elder of the Church Merletta Donaldson, expressed her gratitude to the committee on behalf of the Church at large. “We are eternally grateful for the brethren who conceptualized the program to help us because we were never able  to come up with such funds to do the work. Over time we tried and something kept coming up and so we were never able to complete it” she ended.

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