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'Blessings all around' - Old Hope Road Church of God of Prophecy makes great impact on members and community

Published:Thursday | January 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin/Gleaner Writer
Melonia Waugh, senior pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.
Brittany Quallo (right), Sagicor Life Financial Advisor and Sagicor Foundation volunteer, presents a cheque of $50,000 to the Reverend Dr Peter Garth (left), senior pastor at the Hope Gospel Assembly, and Marsha Palmer (second left), the church’s back-to-school fair coordinator, in support of the church’s back-to-school scholarship programme. The donation assisted children with back-to-school expenses as they got ready for the school year. Also pictured are (from left) Takiyah Shaw, Ajayan Phillips, and Kyra Tracey, three of the five students who will benefit from the monetary support from the Sagicor foundation. The foundation also donated 100 exercise books to the cause. The fair was held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, on the church’s premises.

As Melonia Waugh reflected on the past year, the senior pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Hope Road in St Andrew said that she was most grateful that God allowed them to meet some of the needs of congregants in addition to persons outside the church.

In her report on the achievements and challenges that they encountered, she said that 31 persons accepted the Lord, 21 were baptised, and eight were added to the church. Waugh also pointed to recent outreach, which saw the women's ministry catering to residents of the Monica's Home for the Elderly in Swallowfield, where they provided cooked meals in addition to sharing the Word of God.

"Testimonies throughout the year have shown the manifested power of God at work in our individual lives and those of our family members. We had healings; provision, both financially and otherwise; and many answered prayers. The past year proved to be a year of babies, with four being born to extremely happy parents," she said.

"There were marriages, job promotions, new jobs, new business ventures, and blessings all around. Our students excelled academically, from the primary to the university level. As a church, our involvement in the community increased through different activities. At this juncture, for many of us, we can say, 'Life as we know it will never be the same'."




The pastor also indicated that significant gains had been made in various ministries, including the men's ministry and youth ministry, among other groups in the church.

The Reverend Peter Garth, pastor at the First Gospel Assembly in Liguanea, St Andrew, said that despite some loss, the church enjoyed tremendous blessings.

"It has been a year of mixed feelings because we had a few persons who died during the year, but we also had a year of tremendous blessings. This year was the 10th anniversary of our back-to-school fair, and it was really massive. We assisted over 3,000 persons and gave over 300 scholarships," he said.