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Adventist Church in Jamaica loses 4 Young Men to drowning in 2 days

Published: 01-01-2019 |

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is mourning, following the loss of 4 members of its church in the last 2 days.

Chavar Lewis, 31 and Duran Bryan, 30 of the North Jamaica Conference, Joseph Anderson, 26 and Karanjah Gayle, 26 of the Central Jamaica Conference died as a result of drowning just one day apart.

According to the North Jamaica Conference’s website, Chavar Lewis and Duran Bryan of the St. Ann’s Bay Church died on December 30, 2018 at the Silver Sands Beach in Duncans, Trelawny after they got into difficulty at sea. They were attending a birthday celebration for a member of their congregation. Both bodies have since been recovered.

Just a few hours after their deaths, while the church in Jamaica grappled with their loss, news came in that 2 other young men, Karanjah Gayle and Joseph Anderson of the Central Jamaica Conference went missing after they got into difficulty while swimming at the Frenchman’s Bay Beach in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth.

According to the Jamaica Observer, Joseph’s body was recovered at sea a day after the incident, while Karanjah’s body has been spotted by the Jamaica Coast Guard, metres away from where Joseph’s body was recovered. According to the news report, the recovery of Karanjah’s body has been delayed due to “threats posed by sharks”.

Both Karanjah and Joseph, were members of the Beverley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Manchester.  Joseph was also a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

Pastor Kenroy Campbell, pastor of the Beverley Church said that the death of these young men is a great loss to the church. He said that members of the church came together for prayer meeting on January 1, 2019 to seek comfort and healing.

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