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  • As part of activities for Senior Citizens’ Month, the elderly of the Power of Faith Ministries International, in Portmore, hosted an art and craft exposition on September 24, to showcase their talent.
  • In addition to the exposition, the elderly were given health checks and provided with information on healthy living.
  • Founder and Senior Pastor of the church, Bishop Dr. Delford Davis, said he was delighted to know that these avenues have been created, through which persons can demonstrate “how much is yet in them, although they might be retired.”

As part of activities for Senior Citizens’ Month, the elderly of the Power of Faith Ministries International, in Portmore, hosted an art and craft exposition on September 24, to showcase their talent.

Scores of  persons  from the church and surrounding communities participated in the event as members of the church’s senior citizens club displayed art and craft items, such as needlework, crochet pieces and paintings.

In addition to the exposition, the elderly were given health checks and provided with information on healthy living.

Founder and Senior Pastor of the church,  Bishop Dr. Delford Davis, said he was delighted to know that these avenues have been created, through which persons can demonstrate “how much is yet in them, although they might be retired.”

He told JIS News that each year the seniors are celebrated for their contribution to the church and by extension the country.

“They are valuable and have a wealth of resources and knowledge. They have contributed significantly to the society,” he said, adding that many of them still continue to lend their expertise to several areas of the church and community.

Volunteer of the church’s 20 year-old Senior Citizens Club, Jason Powell, is urging persons to engage the elderly,  as they have valuable lessons to impart.

 

“Seniors can offer guidance and teach the young girls how to be wives and the older men can do the same where young men are concerned. They would have had several life experiences…and they can impart it to the younger generation,” he said.

Representatives from several government and non-government organizations, including the Jamaica Information Service, Registrar General’s Department, Portmore Municipal Council and the health sector  were also present to meet the information and health needs of the seniors.

In the meantime, some of the senior citizens expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the church.

Ms. Ivy Bailey commended the church for the work it has done to ensure that the needs of the seniors are met.

“The church is doing a great thing for us seniors and they always ensure that we are well taken care of. I also want to thank them for organising the free health check as without it, I would have to pay for the service elsewhere,” she said.

Another senior citizen, Alphonso Fernandez, also  praised the church for their  inclusive approach.

“In addition to the day’s event, the seniors often go on trips and even those who cannot make it outside of their home are visited by a team from the church,” he noted.