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Pastor urges reconnection with God in fight against violence

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore
Minister Patroy Reeves of the Bethel Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Boscobel, St Mary (right), alongside young people from his congregation and the local police youth club at a special worship service.

The Bethel Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Boscobel, St Mary, recently held a special service of worship under the theme 'Empowering the Youth, Securing the future,' in association with their local police youth club.

The event, which featured accolades for community-focused residents and an item from popular District Constable Charles Wilks, aimed to reduce incidents of domestic violence in the parish where 60 per cent of murders in 2015 were committed by the victim's relatives, friends, and or neighbours.

Speaking to Family and Religion after the service, church leader Minister Patroy Reeves said: "Today, we're fellowshipping and collaborating with the Boscobel Police Youth Club because we realised there are social ills in this community that are affecting all cross sections; the adults, young people, and children.

"We believe that if we can come together and help people to understand their abilities and potential, and that God is really the source of all things, we will be better able to deal with those ills, and have better relationships, which will help stem the violence against family members in our society."

"I always see it as a privilege to share and work with the community because I believe the best way to move our country forward and have an effective society is through partnerships and dialogue, and not just at the political level, but at a spiritual and physical level. We have to know what's happening and affecting our people all around."

Throughout his sermon, Reeves encouraged local youngsters to educate themselves and consider the mantra: 'Human potential without Godly purpose produces self-destruction'.

RECONNECTING WITH GOD

The energetic pastor explained: "The fact is, God made all things and we were made and came from Him, and anything that does not remain close to its source will always be affected and cause problems. For example, if a fish is moved out of the water, it will be unable to produce or bring about the life-changing impact it has on human society by providing us with food.

"It's the same with plants and humans, and the reason we are seeing so much violence and crime is because we are not reconnecting with the God of love, compassion, and care, who made us. That is why we have so much partiality and indifference among people; because we are detached from the source."

Reeves believes the only way to reverse the trend is to ensure the country nurtures engaged, intelligent, and well-cultured young people because they will ultimately be running the country in the future.

He said: "We have to understand that we are in a changing and connected world where things like gay and lesbian rights, which are not necessarily a part of our culture, are being forced upon our young people and children.

"We have to train and empower them so they can deal with the different concepts coming from outside, stand independently, and know their values, heritage, and where they are coming from because somebody who doesn't know who they are or why they are here will never be able to make a meaningful contribution to society."

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