A citizen of the Darliston community in Westmoreland is the grateful recipient of a newly renovated home. This comes following the discovery that his house was in a state of disrepair. On Sunday, February 6, 2022, the Westmoreland parish Youth Federation along with the Darliston and Jointwood district Federations presented the senior citizen with the keys to his new home.
Michael Dixon, Pastor of the Darliston District of Churches shared that the condition of the man’s home was brought to his attention during a pastoral visit. “I visited him and saw the state the house was in and I realized he needed some help.”
The intention, he explained, was to begin the renovation project; it was delayed for a lack of resources.
“He really needed some help but a complete renovation was not possible at the moment because we didn’t have everything in place. In the interim, we were able to assist him with food and other supplies until we were in a position to complete the house.”
The labour for the one-day construction was provided by both parish and district Federation members. In one swift collaborative effort, the foundation of the wooden dwelling was completely restored; doors and windows, along with the roof, were also renovated.
The initiative created a real sense of comradery among those involved.
“This humanitarian effort was very rewarding and brought great joy to my heart to see the end result; it really made my day,” said Pastor Jermaine Bailey who serves as Youth Director for West Jamaica Conference.
Pastor Michael Dixon also expressed his satisfaction with the completion of the project.
“The recipient was very grateful and we were all amazed by the fact that we went beyond what we thought we could accomplish with the little means we had.” “The day was a blessing for me. It was an awesome opportunity to collaborate with the brethren and share in the effort of lifting up a brother,” Dixon continued.
Pastor Dixon believes the assistance lent to the elderly member could very well motivate others to help those in need and contribute to the spreading of the gospel.
“Many people were moved by what transpired and I’m glad others were able to feel God's love and see the true sermon of the church in action. I extend my deepest thanks to the Westmoreland Federation and everybody involved for joining hands and heart to make this a reality.”