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Jamaica Pentecostal Union Apostolic marks 100th year

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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AS the Apostolic Pentecostal body in Jamaica celebrates 100 years of existence and service to the island, several communities will experience facelifts through various projects to be undertaken by the different church groups.

Already, the Jamaica Pentecostal Union Apostolic (JPUA), which is spearheading a number of initiatives to mark the milestone, has confirmed projects for the parishes of Hanover, St Andrew, Clarendon, St Elizabeth and St Catherine, with others to be named. Activities range from the painting and cleaning up of infirmaries and golden age homes to repairs to critical structures.

Meanwhile, as part of the celebrations, thousands are expected to gather at the National Arena on National Heroes' Day, October 21, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, to mark the centennial of the movement under the theme 'Together for Christ'.

According to Rev Major Canute Chambers, chairman of JPUA, “The movement has birthed many ethical leaders in the shaping of the civic, political, business, medical, scientific, academic, and religious fabric of the nation, pre-dating even the Independence of our country.” He said that going forward, the role of the movement would become even more relevant with the framing of the Vision 2030 National Vision Statement: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, and raise families and do business”.

Guest speakers at the event will include Pastor Dawn Davis Lawrence and Bishop Dexter Edmund from the United Kingdom, and Elder Nicholas Chambers from Jamaica, who are all products of the spiritual revolution kick-started in 1919 in Jamaica.

The day's activities will see major figures within the Pentecostal arena being recognised for their spiritual stewardship, philanthropy, socio-economic initiatives, and contribution to the development of Jamaica. The awards will be presented between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm, during which time some civic and political leaders are expected to be in attendance. Bishop Samuel Smith, chairman of the Apostolic Christians World Fellowship, representing millions of adherents globally, will give a special address during this service.


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