Jesus was clear about mission and discipleship when He said that the way persons would know His people are indeed His disciples, and not imposters, is when we have a genuine love for each other. Godly love was a rare commodity in His day, and certainly, it is in ours.
Leveraging the blessing of godly partnerships, two local fields within the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (JAMU), Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) and East Jamaica Conference (EJC) demonstrate love and mission by assisting those in need.
On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, representatives from CJC and WHEEL met at EJC headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica to present a cheque to EJC for US$10,000, a portion of funds donated to WHEEL to further the mission of Christ.
Dr Errol Bryce, a thriving Internal Medicine Physician in the United States, donated these funds as a way of giving back to ministries that have given so much to him in the past. Mr Michael Spence, WHEEL Board Chair recounts the following story: "In 1978, Bryce was in a club in Ocho Rios. Upon his return, he saw a letter inviting him to sell books in Canada to help him through medical school. Bryce had no money for travel and sought the assistance of the President of East Jamaica Conference at that time, who offered to pay his passage". For years, Dr Bryce has looked forward to a meaningful way to give back; and that he did. We value Dr Bryce's contributions, as they will go a long way to assist those in need.
Pastor Levi Johnson, President, CJC has led the charge in Central Jamaica, especially during the COVID-19 health crisis, with a ministry focus on love, compassion, care, and concern. This initiative is an outgrowth of this ministry focus.
Pastor Dr Eric Nathan, President, EJC stated, "You know that God is a God who uses the situation around us to bring blessings and glories to His name. God has a way of moving on the hearts of individuals to make gifts and donations so that His church will continue to go from strength to strength".
During this global pandemic, it is essential to note that giving is also contagious. But the spread of benevolence, if it moves from-person-to-person, will make this world a better place. Many around the world are searching for opportunities to share. In this vein, WHEEL, a Development Fund in the Central Jamaica Conference has partnered with donors to assist a student named Mr Peter Vaughn. Mr Sheldon Howell, the Guidance Counsellor at Yallahs High School, received the following donations on Vaughn's behalf:
1.) J$75,000, presented by WHEEL Board Chair, Mr Michael Spence
2.) One laptop, presented on behalf of GraceKennedy Ltd., by Mrs Maria Love, PRO of WHEEL
3.) J$25,000, presented on behalf of Mr Alton Scott, Managing Director of Eden Valley Farms Ltd., by Mr Michael Spence
We give God thanks for the opportunity to partner with our brothers and sisters in Christ and benevolent donors to forward the mission God has given us. Jesus has one body, and as such, the body must work together, in every possible way, to advance His cause, address the needs in our various communities. The Master said, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8). Further, as He outlined His ministry model in feeding, clothing, providing shelter and compassionate care, He said, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me (Matthew 25:40). God is most glorified when His people represent Him in this way as we prepare for His coming.
For more information about the WHEEL Development Fund of the Central Jamaica Conference, which addresses felt needs relating to welfare, health, education, empowerment, and the local community, please visit http://wheel.centralja.org. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you.