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Fresh Oil Outreach impacts six parishes in two days

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2016 | 1:00 AMTamara Bailey
The team not only delivered items, but also prayed with those they came in contact with.
Volunteers of the fresh Oil Outreach doing mason work on a house recently.
Volunteers of the Fresh Oil Outreach after visiting six parishes in two days. Pastor Carlton Daley is pictured second left.
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"... For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much be required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more..." Luke 12:48.

With packages of food, tools to work, joyful hearts and the bidding of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Carlton Daley and his team took to the streets of several parishes to give tangible and intangible gifts recently.

"Initially, we had planned to reach the 14 parishes in the island, but due to extenuating circumstances we reached six parishes, namely: St Andrew, Kingston, Portland, St Thomas, Clarendon and Manchester. Overall, we had 150 beneficiaries and due to the fact that we were unable to reach more parishes the ones who benefited got more than was bargained for. One to note is Manchester, which benefited above all the other parishes due to proximity and convenience," stated Daley.

With two outreach projects done in the past, Pastor Daley expressed his joy in being able to triple the beneficiaries.

"We have done outreach two times in the past; the first time we were able to reach 50 families and the second time we painted a house for an elderly woman. This time around, we distributed mainly food items, these included, but was not limited to: oil, sugar, flour, rice, boxed products and tin products. We also included gospel tracks in each bag that was distributed and we also did painting of homes and mason work on a house."

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He added, "I must say that this outreach was by Divine inspiration. I believe that God impressed it on our hearts to bring the love of the season to persons we were unable to celebrate the way how they would've wanted to. We wanted to give as God gave; the season is about God giving His son for us therefore He has set precedent for us to follow so: we modelled His example."

The recipients, who were very open to receiving the items being offered, expressed gratitude through words, smiles and other acts of affection.

"It is our conviction that the outreach was a success and for that we give God all the glory. As stated previously, we saw many families being afforded the opportunity to experience what the season is truly about. It must also be noted that team members were greatly impacted as it raised a greater awareness of the need for outreach; going to where people are at, meeting their physical needs and reaching them spiritually," ended Daley.

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