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Christian Teachers share love and build hope

Published:Saturday | December 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey
Acting principal of the Woodlawn School of Special Education Christopher Turner left, receives a cheque of $200,000 from UCTAJ presidentAdesuwaOmoregie and students of the institution.

Mandeville, Manchester:

"Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone's life. Be the light that helps others see. it is what gives life its deepest significance." unknown

In the second year of their existence, the United Christians Association of Jamaica (UCTAJ) has seen it fit to truly exercise one of their aims: to not only impact students and teachers with the love of Christ, but to give tangibly.

President and founder of UCTAJ Adesuwa Omoregie, said it is highly beneficial to the lives of the students when an impact is made in this regard.

"We are in the business of transforming lives. we want teachers to go out there with the grace of God and not only impart knowledge, but to be positive role models to students."

She told Family & Religion: "We had a gospel concert recently where we celebrated our second anniversary, and we decided to use the funds for a worthy cause. We raised $200,000, which we gave to the Woodlawn School of Special Education."

Acting principal at the Woodlawn School of Special Education Christopher Turner sang the praises of the association, citing their gesture as worthwhile and commendable.

"I am very impressed with the organisation and the concept, first of all, to know that these persons are incorporating Christianity within these schools ... I feel good about the type of work that they do."


He added: "We were happy to know that they considered this school, sometimes forgotten by many, for the donation. It was really amazing to us that they were able to get that much, knowing that the concert turnout wasn't as good because of the rain and they had other expenses."

The funds, according to Turner, will go towards the infrastructural development of classrooms and sections of the school grounds.

Omoregie stated that going forward, the organisation would focus on intervention programmes.

"At the end of the day when we are able to change the students, it works out because the students that we teach, if not impacted, then they are the ones who become adults and turn to crime. These are some of the strategies that we are going to look into for the next year."

She added that all Christian teachers are welcome to join the association.

"It does not matter the denomination UCTAJ is non-denominational. You need to join us, even corporate organisations, you are welcome to join us, partner with us. Through these partnerships, we will be able to meet our objectives."