Bishop Ade-Gold laid to rest
It was a simple yet profound statement that resonated with the many mourners who gave tributes as they remembered the life of Bishop Joseph Ade-Gold - 'It is well'.
Ade-Gold's thanksgiving service was held at the Webster Memorial United Church in St Andrew on Saturday.
Debbie Ade-Gold Thompson, the bishop's daughter, said the example her father displayed over the years has made her the woman she is today.
"Dad was a man of great faith. He believed that all things were possible through Christ. One afternoon when I took him home from a doctor's visit, he said to me, 'Daughter, I don't know what God is doing with me but all I know is, it is well with my soul'," she told the audience to rousing applause and shouts of confirmation.
"He was never quick to condemn us, because there were times when some of us (children) went astray, but he gently guided us back along the path. He would always say, 'You guys can go as far as you want to go and you are free to do so, but remember in the end, you have to come back to God.'"
Before giving his tribute in song, Cleveland Laing, popularly known as Stitchie, said he would always remember the life lessons he learnt from the late bishop.
"I have been to a lot of thanksgiving services and heard tributes - many of them were lies. However, today we don't have to pretend, because everything said this morning represents the true character of the bishop. He was very instrumental in my Christian life when I gave my life to Christ in 1997, and he always displayed an exemplary life," Laing said.
Finance Minister Audley Shaw told the gathering that, despite only learning of the clergyman's death on Friday, he had to make the effort to attend.
"I see it as an honour to have known him and having the pleasure of having him serve my community in my parish. He was a great man, but very humble," said Shaw, the member of parliament for North East Manchester.
"A lot of persons spoke about his belief in restoration and hope, and I want to carry on that message at a national level because I believe that Jamaica is desperately in need of restoration. We can't achieve real prosperity until we have it planted in our minds," Shaw charged.