Minister hails work of the church
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith has hailed the Church as a venerable institution that provides visionary, inspirational, and positive contributions towards nation building.
Addressing the Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in St James on Thursday, Johnson Smith said the Church has played a great role in Jamaica's history and has been a place of hope and refuge for the powerless and most vulnerable in the society.
She noted that the sacrifices of two of the national heroes, Paul Bogle and Samuel Sharpe, who were both Baptist ministers, placed the nation on a path of self-determination.
The institution, she said, continues to champion the cause of the disenfranchised and the oppressed while at the same time providing leadership and service in the critical areas of health and education.
SOURCE OF COMFORT
"Time would not permit me to list the many schools and hospitals that have been established by the Church throughout our history. Likewise, in the diaspora, the Church has been the bedrock and a source of comfort for many Jamaicans who migrated to other lands," she pointed out.
Johnson Smith said that the Jamaican Government views the Church as an invaluable partner in the quest for economic prosperity.
She hailed the Street Pastors Programme, which focuses on taking Christian values to people in the streets.
"With 125 trained street pastors from 35 churches, this programme has served approximately 3,000 individuals from communities in Kingston."