JIS News

Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica in the United Kingdom (UK), United States (US) and Canada, will join in prayer for the spiritual renewal and transformation of the island, at the 6th annual Jamaican Diaspora Day of Fasting and Prayer on Monday, August 2.
Co-ordinator of the UK event, David King, told JIS News that this will be the first year that churches in the UK are participating in the event, which originated in the United States.
He said that while a day of fasting and prayer may be seen as a passive response to the serious challenges Jamaica faces, he said the occasion can be seen as a focal point for further action.
“You have to start somewhere and this can be a focal point as there are a lot of organisations doing a lot of work, and this can act as a forum to co-ordinate activities and action while profiling the good work that is being done,” he said.
While much of the activities in the UK will be centered in Birmingham, Mr. King said that all churches are being urged to open their doors and participate.
The day will end with a special inter-church prayer service at the New Testament Church of God in Handsworth, Birmingham.
Mr. King told JIS News that two charities will be supported from the collection this year. They are the Coalition in Support of Adolescent Leadership Training and the Pregnancy Resource Centre of Jamaica.
The Jamaican Diaspora Day of Fasting and Prayer has received support of the leaders in Jamaica, including the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who commended members of the clergy and the Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (IPMI) for hosting this initiative in the Diaspora.

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