AFTER 20 years of impacting the social and spiritual growth of students across some 12 campuses islandwide, the Universities and Colleges Apostolic Ministry (UCAM) will today celebrate 20 years of existence in a grand reunion.
The event, to be held at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) on South Camp Road in Kingston, will see past and present students of the more than 12 actively participating universities and colleges coming together for a day of fellowship, fun and worship.
UCAM's National Co-ordinator Jevon Wheatley, in a congratulatory message, said the ministry is the result of the "labour of men and women who had a vision".
Commenting on the impact of the ministry on her life, student Denecia Lewis said, "It was the haven I found when I left home for college."
"People lose spiritual principle, focus and purpose on entering university. UCAM was the avenue God provided for me to gain and reinforce these things," said Ricardo Palmer, another student.
For Shameka Samuels, UCAM "is a life-changing and soul-sustaining ministry".
"It has played a great role in my spiritual development. UCAM has made a tremendous impact on not only the spiritual aspect of my life but also on the social, emotional and mental side. UCAM caters to the 'total man', she said.
The ministry, which caters to the spiritual growth of students on campuses through weekly bible studies, witnessing and church services, also pays keen attention to the financial and social challenges facing both members and non-members through its outreach arm -- UCAM Cares.
In addition, the ministry over the years has fostered relationships with various charitable entities such as old age and children's homes and infirmaries. UCAM has strong support from apostolic churches in Jamaica and overseas; bonds and affiliations built by past members.
It currently has approximately 500 registered members.