Don­nie McClurkin takes his min­istry back to Ocho Rios

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Carl Gilchrist Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

OCHO RIOS, St Ann: JUST LIKE he did last year, Amer­i­can gospel artiste and min­is­ter, Don­nie McClurkin took his brand of min­istry to Ocho Rios last week, much to the de­light of per­sons who ben­e­fited.

Aided by a team of 30 peo­ple from Faith Care, in­clu­sive of med­i­cal per­son­nel, McClurkin’s first stop in the resort town was at Life in the Word Christian Cen­tre on James Av­enue, where scores of stu­dents and adults, in­clud­ing of­fi­cials, turned out for the oc­ca­sion.

The Ocho Rios visit fol­lowed stops at Cal­laloo Mews ba­sic school in River­ton on Mon­day and Maverly Park on Tues­day, where the team ad­min­is­tered den­tal ex­am­i­na­tions, blood pres­sure and HIV tests and handed out food.

McClurkin said more than J$6 mil­lion worth of prod­ucts were be­ing dis­bursed this year.

“All I want to do is to reach peo­ple,” McClurkin de­clared. “To­day, I’m not an Amer­i­can, I’m a Ja­maican.”

Dressed in blue denim pants Don­nie McClurkin (right) presents med­i­cal items to St Ann’s Bay hos­pi­tal board chair­man Michael Bel­navis (cen­tre) and CEO Leo Garel.

and black T-shirt with the writ­ing ‘Alive on Pur­pose’, McClurkin said min­istry is more than just bring­ing the Gospel to peo­ple and more about meet­ing the needs of the peo­ple.

“Our job is to care for them, feed them, not ask God to do it,” said the min­is­ter. “That’s what min­istry is.”

McClurkin en­cour­aged the kids, telling them they’re very smart and are go­ing to be­come great hu­man be­ings, be­fore

tak­ing them on a fun trip by lead­ing them through the chil­dren’s song, Hokey Pokey.

Bren­ton Forbes, who is part of the Faith Care team and who has rel­a­tives in Ja­maica, dis­closed that the ma­jor­ity of the items, in­clu­sive of food, cloth­ing, med­i­cal and den­tal items brought to Ja­maica came from Faith Care.

Forbes praised the work McClurkin has been do­ing and said he was in­stru­men­tal in him Some mem­bers of the team who ac­com­pa­nied Don­nie McClurkin.

com­ing back to Ja­maica to meet rel­a­tives.

“Our mis­sion,” he de­clared, “is to bring help, hope and heal­ing.”

Mayor of St Ann’s Bay, Des­mond Gil­more, along with Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Pix­ley Irons, and St

Ann’s Bay hos­pi­tal board chair­man, Michael Bel­navis, in bring­ing re­marks, all thanked the team for once again com­ing to St Ann.

A do­na­tion of med­i­cal items, in­clud­ing sy­ringes, was made to the hos­pi­tal, with Bel­navis and hos­pi­tal CEO Leo Garel

ac­cept­ing them on be­half of the in­sti­tu­tion.

Af­ter the ses­sion at the church, the team took to the streets of Ocho Rios to hand out items of cloth­ing and food to those in need.

PHOTO BY CARL GILCHRIST

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