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Hello Mi Neighbour | All hope is not lost

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Hello, mi neighbour! This is part two of a perspective on crime and violence, last shared in this column.

While talking with someone on the phone who was travelling in traffic recently, she suddenly exclaimed, "Watch yah, watch yah, watch yah ... mek mi si what him gwain duh!"

The stunt (taxi) driver overtook her on the left, came in front, and then dallied to the right lane without batting a lid. An accident was only averted by defensive driving of other motorists. Ever si anyting go suh? The world's latest catch phrase is 'I've never seen anything like this before'.

Many disturbing occurrences of the 21st Century are unprecedented in magnitude and their impact on the human family. Global escalation in criminality is frightening, more so because we are bereft of solutions.

The upsurge in selfishness, greed, covetousness, pride, gender neutralisation and self-mutilation, etc., are baffling behavioural scientists.

Hatred is replacing love, and peace is becoming scarce in a world where anger rages like wildfire. Scary craziness?




As if we are under attack, natural disasters: earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, volcanoes, landslides, food shortages, etc., are sending chills down the spines of even the bravest. With the possibility of a world war on the horizon, we dun fah - not quite ... Divine intervention is still available!

Bringing it home, the "land we love" is under siege by criminal elements, and our only hope is faith in the Almighty! Government leaders, politicians, business leaders, the Church, all Jamaica, must first of all repent of our own acts of criminality, however simple, and unite in prayer, not for God to rid Jamaica of criminals, but for the transformation of their hearts which He alone can do.

No divinely transformed heart is attracted to crime and violence. And prayer must be offered from a heart of love. God has no interest in loveless prayers.

So then, we call on the Prime Minister (not church) to lead Jamaica in a time of repentance, prayer and fasting for the best crime-management strategy! Godly leaders (especially in the Bible) gathered their people for prayer and fasting when threatened by destructive forces, and experienced supernatural results.

We are also suggesting that all churches leave their walls at least once per month and trek through communities nationwide with the message of peace and hope for Jamaica.

God really wants to help us, but we must humble ourselves, unite as a family, and pray to Him.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). To think that we can manage this monster without Divine intervention is suicidal!

Again, criminals are people like you and me. However, they were hijacked by evil influence along the way and are now in need of our help. Do we really want to experience a reduction in crime and violence? We MUST deliberately, intentionally, strategically and persistently seek Divine intervention starting now!




- Keith, for offering a wheel chair to neighbour

- Nicola, St Andrew, for offering a queen size mattress to a neighbour

- Candace, St Andrew, for giving a settee and a bookshelf to a neighbour

- Neighbour, for offering a wheelchair to a neighbour




- Carmen, Asking for a second-hand refrigerator for a little business

- Michelle G, Dining table and a dresser

- Neighbour, needs sizes 37 and 38 black school shoes for boys

- Deon, Portland, needs stove with an oven - to bake for a living

- Tamara, asking neighbours for a television - single mother

- Yasmin, St Thomas, needs dining table and a stove

- St Joyce, St Catherine, unemployed - seeking size 12 white dress, size 9 white shoes

- Neighbour, school is not accepting child until $13,000 is paid. Also in need of school supplies

- Neighbour, desperately needs food

- To help, please call Silton Townsend @ 334-8165, 884-3866, or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) ,or send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR C/o 53 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; Paypal/credit card: email: Or contact e-mail