Chris­tian­ity is the an­ti­dote for crime - DC

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Orantes Moore Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

PORT MARIA, St Mary: AS A district con­sta­ble serv­ing in the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force for the last 20 years, Cash­mine War­ren has found her Chris­tian faith to be of great value through­out both her pro­fes­sional ca­reer and pri­vate life.

War­ren stopped at­tend­ing church around 2000, but re­turned, af­ter re­al­is­ing that she needed God in her life. How­ever, since then, her faith has strength­ened, and to­day, the St Mary-based po­lice of­fi­cer is a reg­u­lar pa­tron of the Shiloh Apos­tolic Church of Ja­maica in Port Maria.

Speak­ing from her of­fice at the Port Maria Po­lice Sta­tion, War­ren told Fam­ily and Re­li­gion: “I was a back­slider, mean­ing that I stopped go­ing to church and pro­fess­ing my Chris­tian­ity. I was bap­tised as a young child and got mar­ried, but that didn’t work out.

“When my hus­band and I sep­a­rated, I felt I needed to try some­thing else, and that is what I did. I have never re­ally been a party per­son, but I stopped par­tic­i­pat­ing in ser­vices and go­ing to church reg­u­larly. And then about six years ago, I went through some sickness, was prayed for, and came through. Cash­mine War­ren has found her Chris­tian faith to be of great value.

“Then, my mother died, and she was the one who al­ways prayed for me. I ran into a cross road, needed some­one to pray for me, and was then hit with a re­al­ity check: there was no more mummy to pray for me, I had to do it my­self. That’s when I de­cided to con­tinue my walk with Christ, and my be­lief in Him grew. Ini­tially, I went to an­other Pen­te­costal Church, and then I went back to the church where I was born.”

War­ren, whose favourite scrip­ture is “I can do all things through Christ who strength­ens me (Philip­pi­ans 4:13),” be­lieves that chris­tian­ity is the an­ti­dote for the rise in vi­o­lent crimes plagu­ing the coun­try and is grate­ful that her home­town is such a church-lov­ing com­mu­nity.

She shared: “In Port Maria, we have a lot of peo­ple who go to church. I have seen a com­mu­nity that was very vi­o­lent im­prove as church came in. Most of the peo­ple ei­ther be­came Chris­tians or started go­ing to the church, and it re­ally lifted their faith.

“One thing I would like to see is more unity among the churches. There is a say­ing: ‘The fam­ily that prays to­gether stays to­gether,’ so I sup­pose the churches need to pray to­gether for things to re­ally hap­pen be­cause prayer changes things.

“I think when we are hav­ing a cru­sade, all the [lo­cal] churches should be in­vited to en­sure they are all rep­re­sented. And in do­ing so, more peo­ple will get saved. When that hap­pens, the vi­o­lence will go down be­cause peo­ple will have a dif­fer­ent way of think­ing.”

PHOTO BY ORANTES MOORE

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