Transforming Lives Behind Bars

Written by: Sophia Dormer | Thursday, October 5, 2017

On Sabbath, September 30, 2017, Members of the East Jamaica Conference Prison Ministry team were recognized during a special Prison Ministry day, held under the theme “Transforming Lives Behind Bars” at the Kings Chapel SDA Church.   Sixteen churches within the Conference were recognized for being actively involved in the Prison Ministry Programme.

East Jamaica Conference Executive Secretary, Pastor Linton Williams was the Guest Speaker for the day.  He emphasized that ministering to the infirmed is a blessing.  “I have had the privilege of seeing the excitement of inmates as they study the word of God; and the smiles as they surrender their lives through baptism.  When you come in touch with Jesus something spectacular takes place” Williams said as he emphasized the need to take the word to those within the prison walls.

The Prison Ministry falls under the Community Services Department of the Conference and is led by Director

Pastor Wadsworth McAnuff. He told the congregants that everyone cannot visit the prison because of all the red tapes involved, however he encouraged them to contribute towards the cause by giving a donation, “put something aside each month no matter how small” he said.

During the divine hour recognition was given to Elder Errol Dunkley for laying the foundation for Prison Ministry over twenty eight years ago; together with now deceased Pastor Jos Grant. Dunkley’s dedication and sterling contribution to the ministry was highlighted. Also receiving recognition for their support to the ministry were two staff members from the island’s correctional facilities. Three youths were also acknowledged for their commitment and support to teenagers within the juvenile facilities.

President of the Prison Ministry, Brother William Evering of the Rollington Town SDA church and Secretary/ Treasurer Sister Debbie Watson of the Johnson Town SDA Church were also given special commendation for their commitment and dedicated service to the ministry.

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