One month ago, while the Bois Content Seventh-day Adventist Church was conducting their food distribution and feeding programme, they met upon Trudian Lewis, a single mother who lives in the Breeze Mill area with her 16-year-old daughter and sons, 14 and 6 years of age, in undesirable conditions.
Being touched by the need of this family, the Community Services Department members relayed their story to Pastor Melvin Parker, Senior Pastor of the Bartons District of Churches. Impressed to assist, the Bois Content Seventh-day Adventist Church formed a Disaster Relief Committee, which is now in the process of providing a more comfortable living space for Trudian and her three children.
Members of the Disaster Relief Committee, in the process of providing a more comfortable living space for Trudian and her three children. | Credits: Charles Bulgin
Inside view of the house being painted by a member of the disaster committee | Credits: Charles Bulgin
| Credits: Charles Bulgin
"We are hoping to complete the structure so that the family can move in today", expressed Elder Clarke, of the Bois Content SDA Church.
Austin Dennis, Pathfinder Director, also stated that the youths played an integral role in this project along with members of Bois Content, both locally and internationally.
Trudian was visited on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, 2020, by Lorna Bansie, President of PDAC, Pastor Smith, Director of Community Services and Publishing, and Charles Bulgin, WHEEL Coordinator, and Associate Communication Director.
During the visit, Pastor Everett Smith presented her and her family with a care package.
"I'm grateful for the assistance from the church and hope they will continue to help others like me", said Trudian, who is not yet a member of the church.
WHEEL, the Parish Development Action Committee (PDAC), and the Central Jamaica Conference's Community Services Department will also be assisting with the construction of a bathroom and kitchen for Trudian and her family.