JIS News

Residents of Swaby’s Hope, in Manchester, turned out at the New Testament Church, yesterday (December 21), to show appreciation to Pastor of the church, Ernie Nelson and his wife, Kereann, for their work in the area.
At the function, Community Volunteer, Martin Tomlinson, who was recently honoured for his work by the Manchester Social Development Commission (SDC), noted that Mr. Nelson has made a difference to people, by reaching out to residents in the community, who are not members of his church.
“I have lived here all of my 31 years and since Pastor Nelson came here a year ago, I have visited this church more than I have ever done. I wanted a pastor in the community who would work with everybody, whether they are church members or not. God has given us this pastor. Great community development is going to take place here, because Pastor Nelson genuinely believes in people, and we will continue to work with him to make the community a better one,” Mr. Tomlinson said.
In his reply, Pastor Nelson said the love that the community and the church had shown him, was a reflection of the kind of people who reside in the community. He said kind acts reflect kind, caring and forward thinking people.
He told JIS News, that basic motivation is crucial to steering young people away from negativity. “There is an urgent need that I respond to this. The response from the community has been very good, they have shown tangible demonstrations of change, and it only goes to show that if more people would show that kind of confidence in our men, and our young people, we could see a greater transformation in our community, and to a greater extent, our society,” he argued.
Pastor Nelson said he has given support and has participated in the sports programme in the area, as it is one powerful medium through which to communicate positive change in the community.
“These people have great vision, and they need support. They have shown creativity in organising sports competitions, and people from outside the community have participated. The Social Development Commission recently hosted its Parish Cricket Finals in the community, and clearly a transformation is taking place here,” he pointed out.
“As a church, we have provided support, such as in the summer when we hosted a one-week day camp for 20 young girls in the area. We brought in resource persons, and tried to help them with self esteem issues, to help them define themselves, and show how they can move forward in life,” Pastor Nelson added.