Central Adventists sound a warning

By ALICIA SUTHERLAND Sunday Observer staff reporter

Sunday, March 02, 2014    

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Members of the Seventh-day Adventist faith in Central Manchester came out in their numbers at the Mandeville Park recently to engage the public and to impart their mission of "Reclaiming God's Agenda."

The event was the introduction of an intense month-long "spiritual warfare" that is slated to take place on the grounds of the Mandeville Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church.

Pastor of the Mandeville SDA Greg Baldeo said that the nightly messages that will be heard from today, March 2, to March 30 are not beyond the norm of what is done at regular services but the evangelistic series is a "deliberate and decisive effort" to "take back" the town of Mandeville, the parish of Manchester and communicate on a wider scale.

"We will be on live radio, live television, streaming live. We are actually going viral - right across Jamaica, into the world, into the homes of individuals. We are allowing God to penetrate individual's lives and we are hoping for a bountiful reaping of hundreds of persons that will come to God," he said.

Michael Harvey, vice-president of Spiritual Affairs at the Northern Caribbean University said that God is not only concerned about the spiritual needs but also the social needs of individuals.

As such, the aim is also to build communities.

Late last year the Adventist Resource Centre (ARC) on the Mandeville SDA compound, which is providing training, health care offering and assistance with food and clothing, was officially dedicated.

With responsibility as chairman of the Manchester Dispute Resolution and Violence Prevention Association, Harvey is part of community sensitisation efforts, including parenting seminars, para-professional counseling and mediation and income generation projects.

The association was formed in 2012 at the behest of Minister of National Security and Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting

At the launch of the latest initiative by the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the Mandeville Park, Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay was promised funding towards benches for the Cecil Charlton Park - a way for families to bond.

Ramsay said that the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is in tandem with the call of Bunting, on whose behalf she also brought greeting, for "divine intervention."

"If all of us will come on board, join hands and hearts together, bring back the love what a difference it will make in this parish, in this region, in Jamaica land we love. There is nothing that we can do and no long lasting success and achievement without God's intervention," he added.





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