The Communication and Personal Ministries Departments of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, John’s Hall, joined forces to conduct a Social Intervention Program to train at-risk youth in a volatile section of the community known as Dam Road. The initiative focused on training the participants in Basic Computer Learning and Outsourcing from March 13 to April 10, 2022.
The month-long training concluded with a special graduation ceremony for the eight (8) participants who successfully completed the course. The graduates were quite appreciative of the opportunity and were not slow to show their gratitude. In her remarks, trainee and Valedictorian Vernella Vernon, said, “We are thankful to God for blessing us with dedicated people from the church who helped us along our journey.”
The Communication Director of the church and teacher for the course, Ted Heaven, explained that the program came about because of the Footprints of Hope Online Evangelistic Series.
“During the crusade, the Church decided to broadcast the nightly messages in the street. Upon learning about the Conference’s partnership with HEART NSTA Trust, we identified the need for formal training in our community and hence the program began”. He added, “I believe more of our youth should get involved in programs like this as it allows for peer mentoring and a better understanding of life and themselves”.
Heaven also shared that NSTA Trust Assessors will be on board to facilitate the certification of the graduates; this will place them at a greater advantage to access meaningful employment.
The youth who completed the course were also equipped with words of wisdom from Bible Study sessions conducted by the church’s Pastor, James Sonlin. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in John’s Hall plans to continue to facilitate the spiritual and professional development of young people in the area.
“I commend the Coordinators from the Communication and Personal Ministries Departments for helping to make this venture a success. We definitely intend to impact many other communities across the district with this program”, Sonlin stated.
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