Roxy remaining true to her vision
Roxy Adina Robinson started the Mount Faith Deliverance Tabernacle in May Pen 37 years ago solely on the basis of a vision she had as she slept one night.
"I dreamt that I was in a church service and I was singing and shouting and praising God. I saw the clouds open up and God came down and talked to me. even when I got baptised, a shower of rain came down on me, and then the sun came out and shine on me, and I woke up and told my husband that I got saved.
"I was a member of the Jamaica Burial Scheme Society (JBSS) in May Pen, and so I shared the vision with the members and we started a church," she said.
Mama, as she is affectionately called, said the JBSS building was used as a dance hall as meetings for the society were only held once per week.
"I didn't have anyone to preach to me, and when I turned the place into a church, I made many enemies. The persons came and vandalised the place and destroyed the kitchen, but I didn't mind. I didn't give up," she told Family and Religion.
"I've been here for 60 years and we have had our ups and downs, and like any other organisation, persons come and go." She said she has seen several bishops and pastors who have passed through the church but she is still there. The 74-year-old stalwart is the oldest living member from the May Pen Branch of the JBSS.
"All the members that I came here and saw all died and leave me." Mama said she has been a part of the society since she was 19 years old after she left home in Grantham, Frankfield in Clarendon and came to May Pen in search of a better life.
The church is more than 100 members strong and the 94-year-old JBSS/ church building is currently being renovated. Mama said she is pleased to see where the church is now, compared to where she and the other members brought it from. She had high commendations for the junior and senior pastors as well as the choirs and other hardworking members of the church.
Mama is encouraging persons, especially the younger generation, to "be courageous and strong no matter what storm cloud or billows may rock their ship, stay the course and keep focused on God."