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Monday, January 18, 2016

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THIS year’s staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) will be held under the theme "Righteousness Exalts the Nation" as organisers continue to fulfil its purpose of fostering greater unity in the nation, especially among its leaders.


The National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) is in its 36th year, having been first held in January 1981 out of the Church’s push for peace, justice, reconciliation and unity in the nation following the bloody general election of 1980.


The NLPB Committee held a press briefing last week Thursday where they reiterated the purpose of the breakfast as well as provided an update on the plans for this year’s breakfast, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday morning at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.


President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Glen O Samuels will be the guest speaker at the event.


According to the committee’s chairman, Stevenson Samuels, there are three reasons that contribute to why the prayer breakfast happens faithfully every year.


"First of all… at the core of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast is the fostering of national unity in the nation through the advocacy for reconciliation and I think that this is very, very critical for us as a nation," Samuels said in his address.


He explained that God has given the Christian church the ministry of reconciliation and so, at the end of the day, the critical role of humanity is to "create synergies and reconciliation between persons and niche groups in society so that there can be true development".


Samuels also noted that the facilitation of national leadership through various initiatives also contributed to the NLPB continuity.


"It is very important for us to understand that there is a leadership stock in this country and we have a responsibility not just to facilitate the weak in Jamaica so that we can make them stronger but we have to pay attention to the strong so that they can be able to pay attention to the weak to make this nation a better nation," the reverend told journalists in attendance.


He explained that there are times when it is forgotten that those who provide leadership in this country need attention, coaching and support. Samuels said with continued support and encouragement, leaders are better able to handle the challenges they face.


The final reason the NLPB chairman underscored was the promotion and highlighting of the displaced in the society and the institutions that serve them with a view to offer financial support and stimulate the society to do the same.


"We therefore feel we have a responsibility as the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee, though we focus on leadership, we also need to remember in the midst of our leadership focus, those who are weak, those who need help, so that in every activity we do as nation we must always remember those who need our support," Samuels stated.


Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Eina Schader Home for the Aged in Trench Town.


Secretary of the NLPB secretary, Clyde Edwards, also made an appeal to Jamaicans to donate to the social project for this year.


He also disclosed that this year’s event will feature a "symbolic unity act" where candles will be lit to mark the hope for a peaceful election.


The annual breakfast takes place on the third Thursday of January and coincides with universal week of prayer for Christian unity.


— Javene Skyers


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