Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force along with mentors and mentees of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Youth Mentorship Program, for the second year in a row, treated to a special prayer breakfast on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Centre, Mount Salem, Montego Bay.
The annual event has become a part of the Conference’s Calendar of events. The programme is one of the avenues through which the Seventh-day Adventist Church along with the programme sponsors register appreciation and affirmation. The targeted groups are the security forces and participants in the youth mentorship programme.
“We do not take lightly your presence here, neither do we take lightly the reason we have asked you to come,” said Pastor Glen Samuels in addressing specifically the Police and Soldiers in the main address. “I am aware of the challenges that accompany the services of the men and women who wear the uniform. I am aware of the fact that your spouses and children weep the same way we do when we bury our loved ones.
The expression of appreciation by Samuels was coupled with his challenge to the officers to maintain their integrity. This, notwithstanding the challenges associated with their line of work.
“I am aware that sometimes in the midst of giving that kind of selfless sacrifice you are not appreciated, because the challenge for you is that while you seek to enforce the law, you also have to maintain the law yourself. While you seek to stamp out corruption and violence and all the issues attached thereto, that you strive to ensure that you are not caught up in any way in their perpetrating,” he added.
Mr Cecil Foster, managing director of Fosrich Group of Company Limited and the main sponsor of the breakfast-event, used the opportunity to also affirm the security personnel and resolved to give his continued support to the initiative.
“We are clear in our mission and our vision, that this is something, that we at Fosrich want to be a part of,” said Mr Foster. “We see the armed forces, members of the Jamaica Defence Force and Constabulary Force, as partners with us. Fosrich sees this as an important part of its mission to work closely with the men and women who are fighting crime on our behalf,” he highlighted.
“We, the board of the Fosrich Company, love you, respect you and want to see you grow to be better each and every day,” he continued. The company boss went further to announce a special discount package for police and soldiers who visit the Fosrich stores across the Country and also donated an “energy-saving intelligent” light bulb to each attendee.
In response to the gesture of appreciation Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Donovan Williams expressed that the Prayer Breakfast gave the police officers a sense of belonging and he also challenged corporate society to use the initiative as an example.
“We are in a society where the love and trust are not at the desired levels for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and for each other; as it is evident in the types and number of murders that occur in our country on a daily basis. When we can be recognized and feted by an organization such as the Seventh-day Adventists it speaks volumes,” he noted.
“The tradition that they started a year ago is inspiring and commendable and should be replicated by other institutions, which have the corporate and social responsibility as we, the police, feel a sense of belonging and appreciation,” added Williams.
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