Claren­don church cel­e­brates 13 years of treat­ing chil­dren

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH - ru­ral@glean­

FRIDAY, DE­CEM­BER 23, just two days be­fore Christ­mas, the Mir­a­cle Taber­na­cle Free Town Church of God of Prophecy lo­cated in Claren­don will cel­e­brate 13 years of com­mu­nity out­reach through its an­nual chil­dren’s treat.

Over the years, the Sun­day School De­part­ment of the church has been im­pact­ing chil­dren in the com­mu­nity with the as­sis­tance of com­pa­nies such as Supreme Ven­tures, Head­line En­ter­tain­ment, Pepsi, Food For The Poor, Honey Bun, Juici Pat­ties, Lasco, Most Wanted Records, Foun­da­tion Ra­dio Net­work, Rula Brown and friends, as well as Claren­don’s own son I-Oc­tane, among other friends of the church.

“We have come a long way. At times we thought about dis­con­tin­u­ing as the chal­lenges to keep host­ing it have been many. But to see the smiles light­ing up the chil­dren’s faces makes it all worth­while,” said pas­tor of the Church, Ze­bu­lah Aiken.

Ac­cord­ing to her, as the econ­omy got tighter and the con­tri­bu­tions got smaller, some­how by the grace of God they have been able to en­sure the chil­dren do not miss out on the day set aside for them.

“This year, as we cel­e­brate num­ber 13, we want to show that there is noth­ing ‘un­lucky’ about it. We are hop­ing to make it even more special. We are look­ing for­ward to a lot more sup­port to turn it up a notch for the chil­dren,” she said.

The pas­tor also ex­pressed her ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the help, even as she urged more in­volve­ment this year.

“There is no bet­ter out­reach in show­ing the love of God than touch­ing peo­ple’s lives, es­pe­cially those of our chil­dren, and for this rea­son, I am ex­press­ing thanks to each and ev­ery spon­sor who come on board,” she said.

With out­reach be­ing the pri­mary fo­cus, the church is now get­ting ready to launch its Mir­a­cle Taber­na­cle Out­reach Foun­da­tion, which will see it in­tro­duc­ing pro­grammes such as a food pantry, iden­ti­fy­ing and as­sist­ing those in the church and other com­mu­ni­ties, as well as com­ing up with more pro­grammes that will im­pact the com­mu­ni­ties.

“Min­istry is not just about reach­ing souls on a spir­i­tual level ... but also cater­ing to the whole man. If they are hun­gry or naked, you can’t get their at­ten­tion about God’s love, you have to show it through tan­gi­ble means like this,” said Aiken.


Pas­tor Ze­bu­lah Aiken.

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