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Donnie McClurkin brings his ministry back to Ocho Rios

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
Some members of the team who accompanied Donnie McClurkin.
Donnie McClurkin (right) presents medical items to St Ann's Bay hospital board chairman Michael Belnavis (centre) and CEO Leo Garel.
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OCHO RIOS, St Ann:

Just like he did last year, American gospel artiste and minister, Donnie McClurkin took his brand of ministry to Ocho Rios last week, much to the delight of persons who benefited.

Aided by a team of 30 people from Faith Care, inclusive of medical personnel, McClurkin's first stop in the resort town was at Life in the Word Christian Centre on James Avenue, where scores of students and adults, including officials, turned out for the occasion.

The Ocho Rios visit followed stops at Callaloo Mews basic school in Riverton on Monday and Maverly Park on Tuesday, where the team administered dental examinations, blood pressure and HIV tests and handed out food.

McClurkin said more than J$6 million worth of products were being disbursed this year.

"All I want to do is to reach people," McClurkin declared. "Today, I'm not an American, I'm a Jamaican."

Dressed in blue denim pants and black T-shirt with the writing 'Alive on Purpose', McClurkin said ministry is more than just bringing the Gospel to people and more about meeting the needs of the people.

"Our job is to care for them, feed them, not ask God to do it," said the minister. "That's what ministry is."

McClurkin encouraged the kids, telling them they're very smart and are going to become great human beings, before taking them on a fun trip by leading them through the children's song, Hokey Pokey.

Brenton Forbes, who is part of the Faith Care team and who has relatives in Jamaica, disclosed that the majority of the items, inclusive of food, clothing, medical and dental items brought to Jamaica came from Faith Care.

Forbes praised the work McClurkin has been doing and said he was instrumental in him coming back to Jamaica to meet relatives.

"Our mission," he declared, "is to bring help, hope and healing."

Mayor of St Ann's Bay, Desmond Gilmore, along with Chamber of Commerce President Pixley Irons, and St Ann's Bay hospital board chairman, Michael Belnavis, in bringing remarks, all thanked the team for once again coming to St Ann.

A donation of medical items, including syringes, was made to the hospital, with Belnavis and hospital CEO Leo Garel accepting them on behalf of the institution.

After the session at the church, the team took to the streets of Ocho Rios to hand out items of clothing and food to those in need.

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