The Tredegar Park Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in partnership with the Adventist Community Services department of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) of Seventh-day Adventist, the St. Catherine Parish council, the Tredegar Park School and Benevolent society, conducted a massive clean-up within the community to prevent an increase in the number of persons infected with dengue fever, on Sunday February 24, 2019.
Recently, the St Catherine Public Health Department expressed concern that at least 30 cases of dengue fever had been reported in the parish of St. Catherine since the start of the year, and the business hub of Spanish Town was one of the most affected parts of the parish.
The clean-up project begun at 9 am and 50 residents including, youth, children, pastors and members of the Tredegar Park SDA church, participated in the debushing of the entrance to the Tredegar Park community. However, as the day progressed, visits were made to different sections of the community and several mosquito breeding sites were destroyed.
According to Doreen Williams, Secretary Tredegar Park Citizen’s Association and member of the Tredegar Park SDA church this is what Christianity is all about.
“Doing the work of the Lord requires more than staying in the pews, it involves going out into the community and addressing their social needs,” said Williams.
Pastor Everett Smith, Community Services Director, CJC helping with the clean-up activities, during the community clean-up in the Tredegar Park community. | Credits: Andrew Johnson
Pastor Everett Smith, Community Services Director, CJC. | Credits: Andrew Johnson
Pastor Everett Smith, Community Services Director, CJC participated in the clean-up activities and shared that the initiative aligns with the Adventist Community Service’s objective to impact communities through a unified effort between church and communities. He added that the department will continue to engage in similar projects conference wide to ensure the health and wellness of all communities.
Church pastors, Roosewell Lobban and Peter Lopez both participated in the project and expressed gratitude to all who participated in the initiative.