John­son Smith hails the Church

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Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and For­eign Trade, Se­na­tor Kam­ina John­son Smith, has hailed the Church as a ven­er­a­ble in­sti­tu­tion that pro­vides vi­sion­ary, in­spi­ra­tional and pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to­wards na­tion build­ing.

Ad­dress­ing the Ja­maica Chris­tian Di­as­pora Con­fer­ence at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in St James last Thurs­day, John­son said the Church has played a great role in Ja­maica’s his­tory and has been a place of hope and refuge for the pow­er­less and most vul­ner­a­ble in the so­ci­ety.

She noted that the sac­ri­fices of two of the na­tional he­roes, Paul Bogle and Sa­muel Sharpe, who were both Bap­tist min­is­ters, placed the na­tion on a path of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The in­sti­tu­tion, she said, con­tin­ues to cham­pion the cause of the dis­en­fran­chised and the op­pressed while at the same time pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship and ser­vice in the crit­i­cal ar­eas of health and ed­u­ca­tion.

“Time would not per­mit me to list the many schools and hos­pi­tals that have been es­tab­lished by the Church through­out our his­tory. Like­wise, in the di­as­pora, the Church has been the bedrock and a source of com­fort for many Ja­maicans who mi­grated to other lands,” she pointed out.

John­son Smith

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