'Divine intervention is really needed to correct the ills of Jamaica'
The National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) has been staged with criticisms in tow over the years. But the Reverend Everton Jackson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay, has dismissed them stating that the country and its leaders can never have enough spiritual enrichment.
Jackson was delivering the address at the 35th staging of the NLPB yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
"Whatever might be the criticism of this event, it is undeniable that it creates an opportunity for civil conversations and fellowship enrichment as we gather in one space to eat, worship and to listen to what God has to say to us," he said.
"Divine intervention is really needed to correct the ills of the Jamaican society and the positioning of our country for development and prosperity," Jackson continued.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller also reiterated the importance of the event to the nation, saying that she was in full support of it.
"I think it's growing very well and the present leader of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee is doing a good job. He is a very good person," she told The Gleaner.
"The NLPB is a very good idea, especially the idea of giving back to the poor. They have won my admiration and support every year and I think it is very important to the country," Simpson Miller added.
Jackson went on to note that more emphasis should be placed on the community and its role in the development of the country.
"I urge us this morning to give greater visibility to the role of the community in the holistic development of our country and the personal identity of each person. Now more than ever, we need the community in child rearing and instilling positive values and attitudes," he said.
"We need the community in crime fighting to stem the galloping murder rate since the start of 2015. Now more than ever, we need the community to assist in the protection of our little boys and little girls from the onslaught of unscrupulous predators. Now more than ever, we need the community in the training of young minds in making responsible choices in a world of rapid complex and confusing changes and social media saturation," Jackson added.
He stated that the community is needed in the rebuilding and restructuring of the country.
"For this to happen, the community needs insightful, visionary, creative and innovative leadership with strong moral authority," Jackson said.