Adventist union launches mega-city campaign
KINGSTON, the largest urban populated region in Jamaica, is the city targeted by Jamaica Union Conference (JAMU) of Seventh Day Adventist for 'Hope for the Big Cities', which is part of the Global Seventh-day Adventists' campaign to evangelise the major cities of the world.
The Union, through its East Jamaica Conference, launched the mega-city campaign dubbed 'Metro Mission 14, (MM14) — Hope for the City' last Sunday, in Half-Way-Tree.
President of JAMU, Pastor Everett Brown said the assistance of the more than 730 congregations will be sought to execute the various projects to reach members of their community.
"We seek through this initiative to address the spiritual needs of people in the city of Kingston and in the major urban centres right across Jamaica, from Montego Bay in the west to Morant Bay in the east," said Brown.
She continued; "We believe that it is our duty as a church to address not only the spiritual needs of people, but to address the social, emotional and the physical needs of people. Through these programmes, we will be using the financial and human resources to get into the communities and touch the lives of individuals."
The areas of focus for MM14 are capacity building — meeting the physical demands of needy individuals by giving them clean clothes to wear or improve their present living condition; health and wellness — giving medical attention to those in need and educating them on health and nutrition; counselling — through the provision of assistance to resolve family issues and conflicts among individuals; reintegration and rehabilitation — assist those who may have been on the wrong side of the law to regain a normal life, as well as helping marginalised youths in an attempt to prevent them from becoming offenders, and education and training.
"We want to reach every person in Kingston," Brown emphasised. "We want to reach every home and so we are calling upon the members of the church — each one to reach one. No home must be left untouched, no street, city or town in Jamaica must be left untouched. We want to turn Jamaica upside down and make it a better place for people to live by sharing Jesus Christ with them."