Thanks to the generosity of the Women’s Ministries Department of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the Smith's family of seven, now has further reason to be grateful to the Lord. They were presented with a cheque of two hundred thousand dollars on Wednesday September 11, 2019, to complete refurbish works on their home which was destroyed by fire earlier this year in Pepper, St. Elizabeth. The funds are a portion of the proceeds generated from the Mothers’ Day “Expressions of Love” benefit concert hosted by the Department in May.
The cause of the fire remains a mystery, as no one was home when reports of the devastating activity became known. Majority of the house’s physical structure was destroyed, forcing the the family to live in one bedroom. Despite the challenges however, they believed that God would send help in the right time.
“I am happy to get back a house where the seven of us can dwell in as a family” said Tamara Smith, mother and wife. “The Church’s involvement in restoring my house really touched my heart. When members of the community see how my church brothers and sisters rallied around me and my family, it really touched them. I know deep down in my heart that God is using this project to draw his people back to him. It is a testimony and a witness to the community for them to see that the church is a caring place” she ended.
This project is the first of approximately ten community projects identified by the Women’s Ministries Executive body of the Conference, to be completed with proceeds generated from the concert. A group of women from the executive body of the Department forsook their usual Sunday activities to provide assistance during a special workday conducted on Sunday September 8, 2019 at the Smith’s residence.
“As a team, we were convinced that we needed to help and so we unreservedly carved out a portion of the proceeds from the concert to assist in this project," said Carol Smythe- James, who serves as Women’s Ministries Director of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. "A special thank you to the members of the Women’s Ministries Executive body who rendered assistance during the organized work days for this family and even provided assistance in identifying other mothers across the constituency who are in need of help” she ended.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pepper, where the family holds membership, also rallied to their assistance. Though limited with resources, the members of the church assisted by donating food items clothes, and one member housed the family for several weeks until they were able to get back on their feet.
Dr. Earl Bailey, who serves as Pastor of the Goshen District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches, is especially elated that the Conference has come on board to provide assistance.
“We are eternally grateful for what the Conference has done to assist this family” said Dr. Bailey. “The truth is, the Pepper Church doesn’t have the resources to provide the kind of assistance that the Smith’s need. In spite of our limitations however, members of the church have rallied to assist them. So far, we have donated clothes and food. We pray that God will continue to bless West Jamaica Conference as it continues to provide assistance to others in need” he ended.comments powered by Disqus