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Jamaicans are a great people and the country, although relatively young, is very influential worldwide, said Bishop Lennox Walker.
The Bishop, who was delivering the sermon at the thanksgiving service to mark Jamaica’s 45th year of Independence held recently at the Faith Sanctuary Pentecostal Church in Toronto, said that “Jamaicans have an unmatched ability to make a profound impact wherever we go.”
Bishop Walker, who spoke under the theme: ‘Having the Mind of a Winner’, told the congregation to “rejoice, cognizant of the fact that we are a great people. Some of the world’s best and brightest people come from Jamaica. We are a nation that has been blessed by God.”
Highlighting some of the country’s achievers, Bishop Walker made mention of Captain Barrington Irving, the youngest and first black pilot to fly solo around the world; sports figures Donovan Bailey and Devon White; and billionaire Michael Lee-Chin.
He implored the congregation to forget about people, who put them down and be proud of their Jamaican heritage. “We are Jamaicans and we are proud. Put us anywhere and we will shine. There is a spirit of resilience in Jamaicans and it doesn’t matter where you put us, we can shine against the odds.”
Bishop Walker, who is the Senior Pastor at Praise Cathedral Worship Centre, also told the gathering never to turn their backs on God because “only a fool says there is no God.let me remind you that those who wrote our anthem and pledge were inspired by God.”
The service started with drumming by the Pathfinders group from the Ruth Seventh-Day Adventist Church, who also marched with the Jamaican and Canadian flags. Singer Allan Jones did a heart-stopping rendition of the national anthem.
Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Evadne Coye read Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s Independence message, Consul General Anne-Marie Bonner read a scripture lesson, and Jamaican-born Minister of Children and Youth Services, Hon. MaryAnne Chambers, read a message on behalf of the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty.
The congregation, which included members of the diplomatic corps, was treated to musical selections by Jassette Haughton, REECH and the Heritage Singers, while Letna Allen-Rowe, resplendent in a bandana outfit, recited Miss Lou’s ‘Independence Dignity’.
Other participating clergy included Rev. Granville McKenzie of Faith Sanctuary, Rev. Hopelyn West of Praise Cathedral and Rev. Rosenda James of Revivaltime Tabernacle, who delivered the closing prayer and benediction.
Proceeds from the Independence Church Service will go to the Musgrave Girl’s Home and Children First.

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