Over forty strong Seventh-day Adventists Youth left their Sabbath morning worship service at the Spanish Town Adventist Church to ‘Be the Sermon’ on March 17, 2018 which is the theme of the celebrated Global Youth Day (GDY) initiative. The youth sang songs of hope, prayed, offered words of comfort, gave out personal care packages and meals to the residents at the St. Catherine Infirmary located on Monk Street in Spanish Town.
“We are here this morning to let you know that Jesus loves you. God has given us the command to love one another and that is what we are here to do, to share with you God’s love...… for it is more blessed to give than to receive and so we have brought you some gifts today,” said Allan Campbell, First Elder of the Spanish Town Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Heeding the Biblical teaching, the group handed out over sixty meals shared between the residents at the Infirmary and to those who came in off the streets at the Feeding Shelter. They also distributed over 100 personal care items that not only warmed the hearts of the residents, but also those who care for them.
“I love what you are doing for us today,” said Mr. Jasper Roy Shaw one out of 140 residents at the Infirmary. “You came and brighten our day and I am happy for that. Someday I will be Bro. Jasper because I am going to give my heart to Jesus and I will be attending church.”
Mr. Herman Panton, caretaker at the Infirmary, informed that the feeding shelter – another area of the St. Catherine Infirmary – provides a cooked meal for many non-residents who walk in off the streets. “The shelter sometimes feeds approximately forty persons each day and the meals are provided on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays,” he said.
Devon Gordon, who received a meal donated by the Adventist Youth on March 17, says he is grateful for the meals each week. “My only livelihood is fixing bicycle wheels and I am not able to sustain myself properly. Coming to the shelter, I can get a hot meal at least twice weekly and I am good. I am happy for this meal, because it gives me strength for the day,” he said.
“A big thank you for the kindness and love shown to us today,” responded Nurse and Shift Supervisor, Maureen Buchanan. “You have done well in representing Jesus, and please continue to do the work of Him who have sent you.”
When asked by the Adventist Youth what the needs of the Infirmary are, Nurse Buchanan said, “Clothing, toiletries, bed linen and plastic utensils are always useful.”
Roy Dennis, Senior Pastor of the Spanish Town Adventist Church had high commendations for his youth, “I must commend Bro. Kamari Jones and the youth of the Spanish Town District of Churches for your effective participation in Global Youth Day activities. This impact at the St. Catherine Infirmary reflects the ministry of Jesus when He was here on earth. Not only was He in the Synagogue on the Sabbath-day as His custom was, but He healed the sick, fed the hungry on the Sabbath. Commendations for touching so many lives.”
With the support of the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists Administration, the 13 Division Youth Directors, the Middle East and North Africa Union and the Israel field, “Global Youth Day” was launched on March 13, 2013. Its vision is that the true practice of religion involves the revelation of God’s love in living out Jesus’ gospel commission as He bade His followers before His ascension to heaven: through all manner of selfless acts that point a desperately needy world to the ultimate hope of the better world He has made possible for all. Grounded in the concluding words of Jesus in the parable of the Good Samaritan, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:25-37).
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