March and Prayer Walk for Jamaica, June 28
The Emmanuel Apostolic Church has launched a project aimed at stopping the murder and abuse of the nation's children.
Citing media reports of cruel acts against children, including the staggering figures of 1,600 children being murdered in 12 years and more than 7,000 sexually abused in the last four years, the church, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop C. Everton Thomas, has launched the iCare Children's Movement.
The movement will stage the iCare Children's March and Prayer Walk on Sunday, June 28 across Jamaica, to take place between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., and it's aimed at bringing awareness to the plight of the nation's children and finding solutions to the problems affecting them.
Organiser for the Ocho Rios area, Evangelist Margaret Riley, said that all churches and communities in and around Ocho Rios should be marching and praying in the streets and should congregate for the climax, at the clock in Ocho Rios town centre by 5:00 p.m.
"We're just waiting on the final approval from the Parish Council and the police, as we're hoping to have a huge turnout," Riley told The Gleaner. She is also hoping for support from corporate Jamaica.
The Emmanuel Apostolic Church is calling on Christian churches of all denominations to make the sacrifice and unite in support of the one-day islandwide event.
According to a representative, "The time is now. We must unite and act against the slaying of human beings. The abuse and murder of children, who are society's future generation, must stop."
Unite against evil
"It is essential that all Christian churches recognise that we need to unite and stand against the wiles of the devil. We must do more than just pray, but we dare not do anything until we have prayed. Bearing this in mind, the plan is that every Christian denomination makes the necessary sacrifice to execute a prayer walk in every parish/community on Sunday June 28 to pull down the stronghold of the devil that is attacking our children and families."
Prior to march, the church is calling for a day of fasting and prayer on Thursday, June 25. It said it was imperative that support comes from all sectors of the society including the various church umbrella groups, the Child Development Agency, Children's Advocate, police, fire department, health department, transport operators, government departments, elected officials, and citizens.