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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on churches to put aside doctrinal differences and unite to help resolve the various challenges facing the country.
  • The Governor-General was addressing the Jamaica Baptist Union’s (JBU) 165th General Assembly and 4th Believers’ Convention held recently at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in the St. James.
  • He noted that the church’s role in national development from Emancipation to now, illustrates what faith can achieve.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on churches to put aside doctrinal differences and unite to help resolve the various challenges facing the country.

“I believe that it is high time that we stop being so divided by doctrinal differences that we cannot work together for the good of Jamaica … we must see ourselves as instruments that God will use,” he said.

The Governor-General was addressing the Jamaica Baptist Union’s (JBU) 165th General Assembly and 4th Believers’ Convention held recently at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in the St. James.

He said the large gathering of Baptists from all across Jamaica and the “fervour of your worship deepen my belief that working together under God, Christians can pull back Jamaica from the negativity and moral decay, which have invaded our nation. Living by faith, being true Ambassadors for Christ, we can be the change we want to see in Jamaica.”

He noted that the church’s role in national development from Emancipation to now, illustrates what faith can achieve.

“That history should strengthen our conviction that God gives His people the resources necessary for successfully confronting every difficulty which Jamaica faces,” he said.

“The mantra for my ‘I Believe Initiative’ says, ‘There is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with Jamaica’. The church remains a key factor in what is right about this country,” the Governor-General stressed.

During the service, the JBU, for the first time in its history, accepted three Haitian churches into its membership, in addition to one local church, the Spot Valley Baptist in Montego Bay, bringing to 336, the number of churches which fall under the umbrella of the JBU.