WJC Launches GEMS at Anchovy Church

  •   Adiese Jonas-Murphy
  •  Friday, March 1, 2019
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Newly Installed Gems and Mentors from the Anchovy SDA Church smile for the camera after the launch of their Gems Chapter on Sabbath February 23, 2019. | PHOTO CREDITS:  Contributed

Thirteen young ladies from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Anchovy, were inducted into the sisterhood of GEMS during the launch which took place on Sabbath February 23, 2019. The service signaled the first in the series of ten launches to be undertaken by the Women’s Ministries Department of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists between the months of February and June of this year.


GEMS which stands for Girls of Eloquence, Morals and Standards, was designed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica to empower and equip young ladies both for service to God and humanity.


“It was a delight to be at the Anchovy Church” said Carol Smythe- James, who serves as Director for the Women’s Ministries Department of the Conference. “What I love about the GEMS programme, is that it will assist each young lady by providing a mentor; someone they can confide in and share their experiences with. This is a tremendous way to guide our young Women,” stated the Director.


Among the objectives of the programme are:
• Raise Mentees’ social, mental and spiritual bars
• Train Mentees to Witness
• Assist the mentees in giving expression to their talents, mental and physical abilities
• Develop Mentees’ personalities
• To introduce mentees to the ideals, value and goal of wholistic development among others.


Among those excited about the prospects of the Gems programme was Gabrielle Wint who listened attentively to the charge given during the programme.


“I feel really special,” said the teenager. “The information was presented practically and realistically. The message came across in a clear way and I am grateful for that. I could also see tell that it impacted my friends who are also GEMS. Often times, people don’t speak with us in practical ways, but I hope going forward that we will continue to benefit from talks just like these” she ended.


The Department will venture to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lucea on Sabbath March 2, 2019, as it prepares to launch the GEMS initiative during the Worldwide International Women’s Day of Prayer Initiative.


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