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St Thomas prayer warriors ready to fight for women

Published:Saturday | February 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:

Fed up with and troubled by reports of females, young and old, who have been killed, abused or have gone missing over several, various prayer warriors have come out bawling for a national day of prayer and fasting.

Some have utilised social media pages to get support and yield unity, while others have been praying individually or within their respective church family.

Erica Beckford, of the Port Morant Weslyan Holiness Church in St Thomas, has taken a less passive approach to what she believes to be a spiritual attack on the nation's women.

Beckford has managed to rally a few people together and is in the process of planning what she says is a peace march and an evening of fasting and prayer in the parish.

"As concerned citizens, we want our voices to be heard. It bleeds our heart to know how we are losing our young women and children. We know a peace march cannot bring back lives, but it can save a life when we break the silence, and prayer and fasting can break the chains as long as we stand together by faith," she said.

Various parties have been invited to ensure the success of the proceedings including the police for security provisions.

"We are going to march in black to represent the loss of loved ones. We're going to meet at the roundabout then march into the town (Morant Bay) to the park where we'll have a series of prayers from pastors and evangelists. Praise and worship teams will also be there. We are expecting representatives from the CDA (Child Development Agency) and CISOCA (Centre for the Investigations of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse) to join with us too," said Beckford.

The youth evangelical group called REACH Ministries will also be partnering with Beckford to ensure a successful evening.


Worried and depressed


Garcianne Morrison, a member of the group, told Family and Religion that both she and the group director are of the same conviction.

"While on my lunch break about two weeks ago after hearing about a killing that took place in the parish, I felt worried in my spirit and depressed. I remember begging God for mercy then I heard the Lord saying 'It's just the beginning, stay under the blood'," Morrison said.

I messaged Jowayne (Director of REACH Ministries) and he told me that some weeks ago during his prayer time he heard the spirit of the Lord say: 'The crime rate in St Thomas will go up rapidly.' After that I started a 21-day prayer drive for St Thomas and Jamaica.

I kept hearing God saying the prime minister should call the country to a day of prayer and fasting and that we need to repent and seek God, but I was saying it's my mind until I got the confirmation," she said, adding that Andrew Holness needs to heed the instruction and act immediately.

At least two St Thomas women have recently lost their lives in domestic disputes, only a small percentage compared to the rate islandwide.

Morrison explained that she and her director began thinking of ways they could help when he told her that he was instructed by God to gather the pastors and ministers to pray in Morant Bay, the capital of the parish.

It was then they found out about Beckford's plan to do the same thing and joined in with her.

The peace march and prayer meeting is to be held on February 25 starting at 10 a.m. and will go until 2 p.m.