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Sheryl Fairweather on the path to righteousness

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2015 | 5:00 AM
Fairweather has dedicated her life to her children, and serving God.
Mom and seven-year-old daughter Abigail ready for a Mother and Child Day celebration at Boundbrook Primary school
Life has not been smooth sailing for Fairweather, who recounted that she was given less than a week to ‘backslide’ by her detractors. With daugter Abigail.
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Boundbrook, Portland:

Written off by many persons as a result of her dark past, Sheryl Fairweather has defied the odds by honouring a commitment to Jesus Christ, and, today, she has emerged as a certified minister of religion.

The mother of three children, who sat comfortably at her home in Stony Hill, while waiting for her seven-year-old daughter Abigail to get dressed for a Mother and Child Day celebration at Boundbrook Primary School, recounted that her previous lifestyle held some dark secrets.

"I was a trickster," she commented. "I would target the men, especially, and tell them all manner of stories just to get their money. Back in the years 2000 through to 2005, I operated a bar, selling alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. I also frequented nightclubs, parties, round robins, and stage shows. As a matter of fact, whenever a drum knocked, I was always present. But all of that changed in 2006, following a visit to my bar (shop) by a minister of religion."

According to Fairweather, that particular visit influenced her decision to become a Christian, as the pastor spoke to her at length, disclosing some of her own darkest secrets, which was quite shocking to her at that time, as she thought no one else knew about them.

"It must have been God Almighty who revealed them to the pastor. No one knew about them but me, and everything that the pastor said was true. I was invited to the Emmanuel Apostolic Church and was later baptised that same year (2006). The church has since merged with another out of Maryland in the United States, thus assuming the name New Hope Apostolic Emmanuel Church of God," said Fairweather.

certified minister

Since then, Fairweather has gone on to become a certified minister of religion, having completed a six-month course at Bethel Bible College and, with the many blessings flowing, the converted woman has acquired a non-immigrant visa to the US as a result of her new-found faith.

But life has not been smooth sailing for Fairweather, who recounted that she was given less than a week to backslide by her detractors. She also admitted that some of the worst criticism had come from church members, who have repeatedly tried to judge her based on her past.

Continuing, Fairweather said, "I have a son attending Northern Caribbean University and the tuition is like $380,000 plus other charges. I raise a little chicken and I have never had a full-time or nine-to-five job, but yet the school fee is always paid. Rent for my son is $15,000 each month, but only the grace of God has allowed me to meet those payments. I am now certified to conduct marriages, do baptisms, funerals, christening, communion, and 'church' the dead. Thanks be to God."

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