Hundreds of supporters gathered virtually on Saturday evening, January 2, 2021, to experience 'Give Him Praise', a gospel concert hosted by the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (CJC) in collaboration with the Welfare, Health, Empowerment, Education and Local Community (W.H.E.E.L.) Fund.
This concert, a first-time major event, was a community outreach initiative aimed at impacting lives throughout the CJC, which covers the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester.
The live event, broadcasted on various CJC streaming platforms, along with BlessTV and NCU TV, commenced with a smooth prelude from the Truth Band who later transitioned to a dynamic praise and worship segment, directed by Osanna Praise. Dr Steven Gates followed Osanna Praise with a timely charge for the audience.
'Give Him Praise' featured a line-up of items from local and international performers such as Ashleigh Cummings, Michael Wilson, Humble, Evince, Paul (UK), Assel Jean-Pierre (Haiti), Renee Lawrence (Trinidad) and Louis Cleare (Bahamas).
The event's highlight was a special ceremony of appreciation for four CJC front-line workers in the medical field who were awarded for their commitment to duty during the COVID-19 pandemic. On hand to present the awards were the CJC President and Chairman of the W.H.E.E.L. board, Pastor Levi Johnson and Pastor Nevail Barrett, CJC's Executive Secretary.
The awardees were Herma Hall, Jennifer Hamilton, Dean Bailey and Wendel Brown who serve as attendants at the Linstead, Spanish Town, May Pen and Mandeville hospitals, respectively. Each health worker received J$50,000 and other prizes for their invaluable service to Jamaica's health industry.
While extending greetings, President and Pastor, Levi Johnson, expressed sincere gratitude to supporters for their continued contribution towards W.H.E.E.L. and the CJC.
"This evening is extra special for us here at the Central Jamaica Conference. I am joined with my colleague, Nevail Barrett, to greet everyone and thank you for your generosity, for always being there, and I pray that God will continue to empower us to serve the constituency of the Conference", said Pastor Johnson.
The community outreach initiative streamed highlights of past activities administered by CJC, where community residents shared testimonials of improvements to their standard of living, having benefited from the W.H.E.E.L. Fund.
"I have been up and down, living in a fowl coop, very cold and uncomfortable and I decided to ask Brother Dennis for some assistance, and that's how I got the house behind me, and I am very thankful for it", said Trudyann Lewis, a beneficiary of W.H.E.E.L. who lives in Bois Content".
The W.H.E.E.L. Fund was instituted by the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to meet various needs. Since the weekly church offering would not suffice, the CJC organised a 'giving-source' to allow for persons to contribute specifically to the Fund, which has benefited more than a hundred families across the constituency.
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Conference initiated the online concert to emphasise the positive influence of W.H.E.E.L. as they seek to ramp up efforts to impact lives and transform communities.
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