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'Prayer is the only hope'

Published:Saturday | February 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Overseas members of the Helping Hands United Foundation conduct a praise and worship session at the Town Head Baptist Church during a prayer breakfast on February 11. From left are the Reverends Orville Murray, Christopher Colquhoun, and Christopher Clarke.- Photo by Dalton Laing

Dalton Laing, Gleaner Writer

TOWN HEAD, Westmoreland:A group of gospel ministers from Canada and the United States has created a foundation aimed at joining their resources and energies to educate, mentor, and empower youth in their home community, Town Head.

The Reverend Orville Murray is president of the Helping Hands United Foundation, a non-denominational community-based organisation which consists of seven overseas members and three locals.

To mark the launch, the group hosted a prayer breakfast at the Town Head Baptist Church and a community march last weekend.

"This is a milestone for the foundation," said Reverend Murray. "The reason for this prayer breakfast and community march is to give people a better understanding of who we are, what we are about, and to highlight upcoming events this year."

Reverend Lionel Brown, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Truro, Westmoreland, gave the keynote address during the prayer breakfast. He used the opportunity to warn against groups who have the welfare of others at heart without using Christ as the guide.

"We are living in a generation of vipers, but we have the cure: prayer and the scriptures," he said as he urged attendees to lead exemplary lives in keeping with their responsibilities.

Reverend Murray added that a series of events had been organised for July under the theme 'Reaching Souls One Hand At a Time', which will begin with a thanksgiving service at the Solas Wesleyan Holiness Church. The service will be followed by a week of crusades and will culminate with a banquet and gospel concert at the Negril Hills Golf Club.

"Prayer is the only hope for the community. Our children are overexposed, confused, and are having a hard time focusing on what is ethical," he explained. "This is largely due to the television, newspaper, magazines and billboards, and if that is not enough, there is also the Internet and street corners."