With the recent opening of the North Jamaica Conference Campsite (NJC) in Duncans, Trelawny, president, Pastor Karl Archer, stressed that the facility was for the benefit of the community, thus bringing added value to the parish.
Archer, in his main address to hundreds of attendees at the inaugural ceremony of the NJC Campsite last month, said, "This property will be used for camp meetings, youth camps, a number of spiritual programmes, and skills training centre on a temporary basis."
He added, "If the Government wants to train individuals, we can accommodate them right here. Also, this place is available as a shelter during a natural disaster. This campsite is for our community. Its use will be based on our regulations, of course, and we are happy to be of help."
Carla Bingham-Ledgister, president of the Trelawny Parish Development Committee, was very pleased and gave high commendations.
"I am pleased when I heard Pastor Archer said that this campsite will help to serve the community," said Bingham-Ledgister.
"I will help to encourage the parish council, and as a member of the disaster committee for this area, I am going to encourage them to approach the church to have this site declared as one of our emergency shelters, as we are short on them. For this reason, the church will benefit because the Government requires that the shelters be in good standards."
She continued, "Hearing that it will become an educational site is also a pleasure. One of our greatest challenges is that HEART Trust/NTA is ready to train in the communities, but sometimes we cannot find the site to do the training.
"Therefore, this campsite brings added value to the parish of Trelawny. And where community development is concerned, I cannot tell you the enhancement that this will bring. So it is my pleasure to represent the Trelawny Parish Council and the community. We are glad that you are here and we will partner with you for further development."
The NJC Campsite is located on a four-and-three-quarter-acre property, acquired in early 2012. Currently, the property has a main building which houses a kitchen, dining area, showers, restrooms and a multi-purpose area. Also, there is a separate male dormitory.
Pastor Archer said, "At this point, the facility is on a progressive path and can accommodate 200 persons."