As a part of its ongoing effort to provide relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists purchased over $3,000,000 in food supplies in August of 2021. The stock, which included packages of rice, flour, peas and canned protein items, was distributed across the constituency to needy members and non-members during the last week of August. Since March 2020, the Conference has been responding to the needs of those affected by the pandemic. To date, over $10,000,000 in food items have been distributed across the Conference territory.
According to Pastor Glen O. Samuels, President of the Conference and Community Services
Director explained that the Conference was eager to respond to the plight of its constituents in need.
“The economic hardship foisted upon our indigent, struggling members including the expanded ranks of the unemployed, tugs at the heart of the Administration. Notwithstanding the income challenges and the multiple calls for assistance ranging from fire victims, medical and educational requests, the Administration ordered $3,000,000 worth of basic food items for distribution to the most needy in our Pastoral districts”.
He added: “We began with Westmoreland, the parish hardest hit with COVID-19 infections and death. We continue to pray for grieving families, the sick and economically challenged”.
Pastor Jermaine Bailey, newly appointed Youth Director who also shepherds the Lucea District of Churches, was thankful for the portion of food supplies he received for his circuit. Bailey explained that persons in his church community have been severely affected by the pandemic and have shown gratitude for the care packages.
“The recipients were very grateful and the packages were well received ; they couldn’t have come at a better time. We received permission from the Superintendent of Police and were able to go out during the lockdown, distribute the well needed items, and help to cushion the blow of this new Covid-19 wave.”, he ended.
The President of the West Jamaica Conference asserted that the Conference will not deviate from its mandate.
“We will endeavour to stay focused on the mission of spreading the everlasting gospel, feeding the hungry , clothing the naked, ministering to the hurting, nurturing the ones rescued, especially our new believers, preparing ourselves and others for the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”, said Pastor Samuels.