DIRECTOR of Family Life at the New Testament Church of God in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Rev Dennis Walton yesterday appealed to parents to focus more on their young boys and to be more vigilant in their lives.
Walton, who pastors the McDonald Lane New Testament Church located on Delacree Road — a Kingston community plagued by crime and violence — said that too many of the country's young boys are being led astray because of negative influences in their lives.
"Our young boys are under an attack. There are so many of our young boys who are missing and so many of our young boys who are really following the negative influences of the community and wider society," he said.
Walton, who was speaking to the Jamaica Observer following the official launch of the new church year, said while he and his congregation have been playing their part in trying to mould the young boys and steer them in the right path, proper parenting is what is most important.
"...As much as the church is here to offer support spiritually, socially and otherwise, I think that parenting is very important and we are going to call on our parents again to be parents, no matter how young they are, as your child needs you," he said.
Further to that, Rev Walton, in highlighting the importance of the issue, stressed that men are the foundation on which healthy and strong families are built.
"If our males are sane then chances are the family will be OK," Walton added.
The church, he said, will be launching a male development programme called Pioneers For Christ, which will see older men mentoring young boys within the church and communities.
"I realised they are looking for leadership and they are looking for persons of influence who will direct them," Rev Walton said.