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President of the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Everett Brown, has urged Jamaicans to rid themselves of all attitudes that do not foster excellence or are geared towards nation building.
“For us to sustain excellence for national transformation, we must change the way we do business. It cannot be business as usual,” he stated.
Pastor Brown was delivering the homily at the thanksgiving service held today (Oct. 3) at the Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Catherine in honour of the Jamaican team to the World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, is flocked for autographs following a thanksgiving service held at the Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church today (Oct. 3), in honour of Jamaica’s representatives to the World Championships held in Berlin, Germany in August. One person even produced a photograph of 100m and 200m world record holder, Usain Bolt, for the Prime Minister to sign.

Speaking on the theme: ‘Sustaining Excellence for National Transformation’, Pastor Brown stated that the achievement of Jamaica’s athletes was “symbolic of what we can do as a nation”. He noted, however, that for the country to be transformed, excellence has to become a way of life.
“As a nation, if we are going to focus on excellence, if we are going to use excellence as a catalyst for national transformation, we have to first change our attitude towards life. We would have to change our thought patterns and think positively and creatively as we strive to achieve our God-given purpose in life,” he declared.
Pastor Brown also encouraged Jamaicans to “stay the course” as they try to achieve excellence in their individual fields, and they, like the country’s athletes, will reap the benefits of their dedication.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, in his remarks, noted that the athletes represent a symbol of what every Jamaican can achieve.

One hundred metre and 200m world record holder, Usain Bolt, greets members of the congregation as he arrives for the thanksgiving service held at the Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church in St. Catherine today (Oct. 3), in honour of Jamaica’s representatives to the recent World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

“Too many of us, who come into this world, start off with a feeling that we will never make it to the top, so we seem to be quite prepared to accept some lower level of aspiration. There is no horizon that is too far and too wide that we can’t achieve and conquer if we are dedicated, if we remain steadfast, if we work hard, if we remain focussed and if we trust in God,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, exhorted the athletes to “be humble in greatness and be gracious in victory. Be loyal to your country because your country is loyal to you and will always support you”.
Today’s thanksgiving service is the second in a series of events dubbed ‘The Berlin Salute – A tribute to our Athletes’, to celebrate their achievements at the recently concluded International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Berlin.

Olympic and World Champion 400m hurdler, Melaine Walker, signs autographs for a group of children following a thanksgiving service held at the Portmore Seventh-Day Adventist Church today (Oct. 3), in honour of Jamaica’s representatives to the World Championships held in Berlin in August.

More than 3,000 Jamaicans packed into the church in Portmore to offer God thanks for the success of Jamaica’s athletes.
Among those present were Their Excellencies, Governor General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen; Mayor of Portmore, Keith Hinds, and Member of Parliament for St. Catherine South, Fitz Jackson, who represented Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.
Activities conclude tomorrow (Oct. 4) with a family fun day and concert at the Trelawny multipurpose stadium.

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