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Marsha Anna-Gaye Jarrett: Saved to minister

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell Livingston
CONTRIBUTED Marsha Anna-Gaye Jarrett, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Gospel finalist.

Marsha Anna-Gaye Jarrett's life is all about God's favour. That she has made the finals of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) gospel song competition is a miracle in itself.

Battling illness for the last 10 years on and off, including being critical right before the eliminations, she is praising God.

"I was even considering a surgery the day after auditions and was going to quit JCDC as, that exact time, my oxygen levels were very low, so my breathing was way off," she told Family and Religion.

For a long time, it was a mystery where her sickness was concerned as,, she said, at one point, doctors did not know what was wrong with her.

"I had passed through cycles of praying, fasting, crying out of frustration and physical pain, depression, faith plummeting and increasing at points. Some days, I could handle it, other days I would cut myself off from the world. I just didn't want to hear from anyone," she shared.

According to Jarrett, although her family, church, different pastors, ministry partners and friends were encouraging her and interceding on her behalf, she still felt hopeless.

"I saw no improvement and I got worse, actually. My life was falling completing apart and I could do nothing. I honestly thought I would die," she said.

 

TIMELINE FOR HEALING

 

God, however, had other plans for her as, late last year, she said a prophet declared a timeline for her healing, bringing clarity to her situation.

"Although, at the time I was like, OK God, you said that I was healed already, but it was the first I got a timeline!"

Jarrett said the prophetic words proved true and she was miraculously delivered, with her seeing a shift in the atmosphere of her life.

"I am still in awe of my healing, and I learned so much in that season," she said.

After entering the competitions a few times and never making it past the semi-finals, she had to be pressed by her friend to try again. After all the miracles she had seen, she thought 'why not?' With it came her entry Send Up The Praise.

The song, she said, is a testimony in itself, and she believes it will create an audience.

"I believe that having been touched by the transforming power of God and then opening my mouth to declare who He is and what He can do, it contends with the dark forces in the unseen realm and activates change in the spirit then flows into the natural," she said.

For her, when people hear and choose to believe and act on the message of the son, her prayer is that they too can encounter that power and be changed.

A resident of St Ann, Jarrett accepted Christ as her Lord and Saviour 23 years ago. A member of the United Line Deliverance Church of God in St Ann's Bay, she currently serves as creative arts director, deputy national youth director, dance director, events manager, worship leader and choir adviser.

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