AS communities across the country express their outrage over societal problems like suicides and homicides, one community has decided to do more than just talk.
Christian churches and political leaders in Babonneau Tuesday agreed to ask God to intercede in stopping the social ills plaguing the community by singling out this Saturday as a day of prayer and fasting.
Pastor Nick Vitalis of one of the Seventh Day Adventist churches in Babonneau said : “The spiritual leaders of the community have come together to put our best foot forward in trying to alleviate the situation.”
A number of serious crimes have occurred in Babonneau in recent times. For instance, just last week a young man was allegedly murdered and buried in a shallow grave in the community.
A number of suicides have also been recorded in Babonneau.
Said Vitalis: “We are going to pray over a number of issues. If God could get his rightful place back in our homes and society then you will see persons dealing with their situations differently. We will pray for the restoration of the family, for the youth in the community, vulnerable individuals and leaders in the community.”
Jim Williams of the Gospel Baptist Church promised that his congregation will partner with others on Saturday in an effort to drive the evil spirits out of the community.
“We recognize what is going on in the community. We recognize that there is a problem and that God is the answer. We will partner with other churches on that day,” he said.
Pastor Quigley Morris of another Adventist church in the community said he was also impressed with the call to address what is going on in the community.
“Personally I’ve noted it’s not an educational problem and it’s not an unemployment problem. It’s really a godless society. We have parents who are not modelling Christ, parents who are not totally involved, young people are left to roam free,” Morris said.
Robert Mackie of the Babonneau Deliverance Church agrees with Morris in acknowledging that the problem in the community is a spiritual one.
“ Sometimes we depend on our intellect but our intellect sometimes fails us, but when we depend on God He will come through for us. Let’s pray for our community. Too many things are happening that are not godly,” he said.
Alvina Reynolds, the parliamentary representative for the area, and a Roman Catholic noted that the Catholic Church in Babonneau was also part of the prayer and fasting initiative.
“We want the community to go back to being peaceful, to go back to being a place where people cared for each other, neighbour helping neighbour,” she said.
The organizers of the prayer and fasting event promised said that this would the first of several programmes they plan to implement in the future geared towards restoring the community to one of godliness.