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Quadruple Genesis on January 1 - Concerts in MoBay, Portmore, Mandeville and Florida

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica (JYFC) board chairman Alfred McDonald speaks at the launch of Genesis 2016, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday.

Jamaica Youth for Christ (JYFC) will be celebrating its 29th staging of Genesis next year. And to ensure that the youth 'Start It Right; Start It in January', the organisers have planned four concerts for 2016. The announcements were made at an official launch, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday.

Guests at the approximately hour-long affair were entertained with songs, interspersed with brief testimonies and a declaration of success for the 2016 event.

Alfred McDonald, JYFC board chairman, described Genesis as the organisation's signature event and said the 2016 edition "is going to be great". Dexter Johnson, national director, said he was happy to announce that JYFC is 68 years old and "... we are serving this nation under God".

"Our vision is clear, and that is to take the Gospel of Christ to every young person in every group in every nation. Our mission is to ensure that every Christian young person has a clear sense of responsibility to encourage somebody else to see that the Lord is good," he said.

Nadine Blair and Omar Letford gave an overview of the event, but not before sharing their initial experiences at Genesis. Blair, testified that "Genesis mean a whole heap of things. Genesis was for me taking a bus with my Celestial Gems to Karram Speid Auditorium."

Blair described her emotions when the audience was excited to hear the group perform.

"Back then, there were not a lot of gospel events, so Genesis was the show," Blair said. Letford said his first appearance on a big stage as an MC was at a Genesis show.

They alternated announcing the location of the four shows for 2016, along with the featured artistes.

Genesis will be held in Mandeville, Portmore and Montego Bay in Jamaica, as well as Florida in the USA. The Jamaican events are scheduled to start at 12:30 a.m. on January 1, while the Florida show will be at 7 p.m. on the same day. Artistes for the Portmore leg include Kevin Downswell, Goddy Goddy and Keesa Peart. Sandra Brooks will perform in Montego Bay and Fabian Wright, along with others, will minister in Mandeville.

Pre-Genesis events are planned for December 19, 21, and 23 at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre, St Andrew.

Kereen Gregory, Keesa Peart and Nexchange were at the Spanish Court to give a taste of what to expect at the gospel concerts. Nexchnge ministered with I Come to Praise the Lord, and an emotional Peart delivered His Eye is on the Sparrows and I'll Make It, while Gregory - who was the first to perform - sang You Are God Alone.

Sponsor representatives Andrew McKenly of Gospel Linkup, Omar Tuff of Gadgepro Tropical Blend and Leslie Rob of Love 101 also spoke. The host was Shannon-Dale Reid.