Forty-four students graduated from the skills training programme offered during the Behold the Lamb Gospel Explosion, evangelistic series.
Graduates from the Cake and Pastry Preparation and Decoration training course along with programme organizers and Pastors, Nevail Barrett, Damian Chambers, Dwayne Scott and Peter Lopez. | Credits: Andrew Johnson
Graduates from the Introduction to Electrical Wiring course along with programme organizers, facilitator Mr. Lennox Ferguson and Pastors, Nevail Barrett, Damian Chambers, Dwayne Scott and Peter Lopez. | Credits: Andrew Johnson
Twenty-five persons were recognized for their participation in the areas of Cake and Pastry Preparation and Decoration, while nineteen persons for their participation in Introduction to electrical wiring.
According to Pastor Nevail Barrett, Executive Secretary CJC and Manager for the Behold the Lamb Gospel Explosion the purpose of the evangelistic initiative was twofold.
“It’s not just about preaching , but also social intervention. “ When we conceptualized this initiative, we felt that we also needed to organize a training programme to give back to the community,” he said.
Mrs. Hazel Hodelin-Laing, Programme Coordinator shared that the overwhelming responses from the participants fueled the team to action.
“Classes were held Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays for Introduction to electrical wiring under the tent and Wednesdays and Thursdays for Cake and Pastry Preparation and Decoration at the Willowdene Group of Schools. Both groups received theory as well as practical knowledge,” she said.
Pastor Damian Chambers, Communication Director CJC, was guest speaker and shared with the graduates three critical steps to achieving success.
“The first step is learning, next is earning and the final step is returning, but if you waste the learning years you will need to use the earning years to learn and by the time you start earning it’s time to return, so ensure you use your time wisely,” he said.
He also commended those who participated in the training.
“We proudly congratulate you on your achievements and it is my hope that you all will continue striving to do more so that your ability will turn into profit in due course”, he said.
Alfred Kelly, a participant in the training declared that it was very fulfilling, and he is appreciative of the initiative.
“I am truly grateful and satisfied, the training was well put together and it is something I would definitely recommend to others”.
Meanwhile, Lisa-Ann Taylor, one of three females to have participated in the introduction to electrical wiring training said she did the training to challenge herself as well as develop a professional skill.
“Normally, you wouldn’t find a lot of women doing this type of training, but I found it interesting. The teachers were supportive, and I see it as something to pursue soon.”
She added that she is grateful to the church and is looking forward to not only give back to the church but also community.
Tracy Price said that she found it strange initially that the church would be spearheading such an initiative, however, was delighted at the end to have gotten a chance to participate in the training
“It was good the teacher was very patient and ensured we understood I have learnt a lot and I will only get better from here.
The crusade team expresses their appreciation to Mr. Lenox Ferguson, facilitator for the Introduction to Electrical Wiring and Mrs. Bridgette Smith, facilitator for Cake and Pastry Preparation and Decoration for making the time and effort to teach these introductory courses, which are stepping stones to success.
The ceremony took place on Saturday March 30 @ 3:30 pm under the tent at 85 Brunswick avenue Spanish Town.
Since the start of the Behold the Lamb Gospel Explosion evangelistic series, with Evangelist Steve King, 147 persons have been baptized.
The nightly meetings continue and will climax on Saturday April 6, 2019.