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Church’s unite to do outreach to Jamaica’s ‘wanted’ men

Published:Saturday | July 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Rev Al Miller

Several of Jamaica's church organisations have united to reach out to men at risk in a new initiative to tackle Jamaica's crime and social problems dubbed Men Advancing the Nation (MAN) Ting.'

"There is so much happening with our men - hundreds murdered annually, worsening the fatherlessness and pain to women and mothers, and many not taking responsibility and leadership in the home and community. We have to do something to reach our men and restore order to society," said Pastor the Rev Al Miller of Fellowship Tabernacle, one of the churches supporting the initiative.

The initiative is a collaborative effort of the churches in the Corporate Area and across Jamaica, with the Independent Churches of Jamaica and Jamaica Association of Full Gospel Churches.

The initiative is challenging good men to take a stand for righteousness, peace, family values and justice. It will begin in Kingston with men marching around the city starting on Monday and will extend to the other parishes thereafter.

The Jericho-type march, reminiscent of Israel's battle for Jericho in the Bible, will mobilise hundreds of men to march around the city of Kingston and other parish capitals. It is considered by the organisers to be a powerful symbolic act of great spiritual authority to defeat evil forces and take back control of the nation.

GOOD MEN WILL PREVAIL

The initiative is also intended to send a strong message to the society that 'good' men will not allow 'bad' men to continue to dominate the space and destroy our women and children and stymie the growth of our nation.

It is a call to men to turn from negative behaviour and do what is right. This is another part of the overall strategy to combat crime and the socio-economic problems the nation is experiencing.

During the months of July and August, hundreds of men will be blanketing the perimeters of Kingston city in a prayer warfare march by night for at least two hours starting at 9 p.m. for three nights a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

At the first march on Monday, men will gather at the National Stadium car park at 8:30 p.m.

The initiative will also provide a support system for men who need a second chance. Churches will collaborate to ensure that men who are struggling get support via follow-up counselling, night school, and possible employment.