Jamaica’s Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honorable Sir Patrick Allen, issued a call to all leaders in Jamaica to join forces and build a nation that is free from crime and violence.
“We are blessed with the capacity to find solutions to the problems which we encounter. What we need is the will, the consistency and the fixity of purpose to do what must be done to build a Jamaica which is consistent with the desires of the people of faith and with those who have shaped our national development plan, and most importantly, to build a Jamaica where crime and violence have no place,” stated the Governor-General.
The Governor-General made his appeal while addressing the 39th National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
He noted that the annual event has its roots in the expression of national concern for the country.
“The genesis of this annual event began out of a national concern for healing, building togetherness, tolerating difference and as our national anthem promotes, showing true respect for all,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jamaica’s first female President of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) and Pastor of the St. Ann’s Bay Circuit of Baptist Churches, the Reverend Karen Kirlew, called on Jamaica’s leaders present to pledge to serve the nation truthfully.
She challenged the leaders to commit to the pledge they have made to the nation and to be truthful in their pronouncements.
Additionally, she encouraged the leaders to be covenant keepers rather than covenant breakers.
“We’re not being asked to take an oath today, we’re being asked to make a pledge. I pledge is a continuous act of service to Almighty God and to God’s people. We are making a pledge that whatever the outcome is, we will stand by it. This is our covenant where we are participants in the life of God, and what God wills for God’s people,” she said.
Among the attendees at the event were the Prime Minister, the Most Honorable Andrew Holness, who read the first lesson; and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, who read the second lesson.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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