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More than 1,000 Jamaican nationals and friends joined in worship to celebrate the nation’s 46th anniversary of Independence, at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale on August 3.
The annual Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving, in celebration of Emancipation and Independence, was hosted by the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami. In attendance were several officials representing the Diplomatic Corps in South Florida, public officials in the tri-county region and former Ambassadors to Jamaica, Sue Cobb and Michael Sotirhos.
Guest preacher, President of Northern Caribbean University in Manchester, Dr. Herbert Thompson, challenged his audience to continue to positively impact the nation’s development.
He said that in spite of the challenges being encountered, Jamaicans remain resilient, and urged community members to remain united in love, as indicated in the National Motto.
Dr. Thompson encouraged continued prayers for healing throughout the world at this critical time, reminding the audience that all factors affecting Jamaica had an effect globally, as other nations were also impacted by the challenges.
Citing the country’s outstanding accomplishments, he said Jamaicans should be proud of their heritage. “We are a hardworking people and we will make it through by the grace of God,” he added.
The service included several recitals and performances by the Sierra Norwood Church Children’s Choir, the Jamaica Folk Revue and the Caribbean Chorale of South Florida, directed by Steve Higgins, formerly of the Jamaica Folk Singers.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s message was read by Consul, Desreine Taylor.
Consul General, Ricardo Allicock, in his welcome message, praised Jamaicans in the Diaspora for their continued commitment to the island’s economic development, while enhancing the development of the communities in which they reside.
The offering at the service has been allocated to the Swift Purcell Boys’ Home in St. Mary and the Jamaica Christian Boys’ Home in Kingston.
A community reception, hosted by the staff of the Consulate, followed the service.