THREE Jamaicans who have been making a positive contribution to their communities in the area of social and human development were recently presented with First Caribbean International Bank's 2009 Unsung Heroes Award.
The awardees - Claudia Williams, retired principal of Drapers All-Age in Portland and a foster mother; Father Paul Walsh, founder of St Anthony's Children's Home in Barbican, St Andrew; and Reverend Teddy Jones of Shalom Missionary Church in Grants Pen, Kingston 8 - were recognised at a function held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
Williams, a resident of Fair Prospect in Portland, was recognised for educating young children in her community for more than four decades and for providing a home to 15 foster children.
Father Walsh was given the award for his efforts in raising, nurturing and mentoring more than 200 children, while Rev Jones was acknowledged for his role in the many different outreach programmes offered by his church. The programmes, geared at transforming the lives of residents in inner-city communities, includes a soup kitchen for the elderly, youth summer camps and monthly distribution of clothes and grocery to the needy.
The awardees, who were selected from a batch of 27 nominees islandwide, were each presented with a plaque, a certificate of commendation, personal gifts and US$6,000 to further their causes.
Father Walsh was, however, absent from the ceremony and his award was collected by Ewan Harvey and Joy MacCurvin, administrators at St Anthony's Children's Home.
The awardees will now go on to vie for the top spot in the Caribbean Regional Unsung Heroes Competition.
"I am very excited and I think it's a very good gesture, in that they have identified us and it will motivate others to do good as well," said Williams. She was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the Long Bay Post Office in Portland and is currently in the process of raising money for the construction of another post office in Priestman's River in the parish.
Said Rev Jones: "I am humbled and thrilled but honoured to know that this award is not so much for me but for the people of Grants Pen who cause me to wake up every day, and for the young people who I serve everywhere I go across the nation."
Clovis Metcalfe, managing director of FirstCaribbean Bank (Jamaica) Limited congratulated the local winners and said he was impressed with Jamaica's finalists in the 2009 Unsung Heroes Competition, whose collective efforts have benefited hundreds across Jamaica and the region.
Metcalfe said the Unsung Heroes programme has over the years highlighted young heroes who have worked with street boys in remedial programmes, provided meals from their own limited resources for the less fortunate, refurbished homes and distributed medication to the elderly.
The aim of the programme is to reward people, who have not been recognised nationally, for their good deeds and provide them with financial assistance to support their works.
That which was ordained before the foundation of the world collided with human time and space on July 12, 2009. At 4: 00 sharp at Grace Missionary church, those who were early were called to worship, by Elder Andrea Bradshaw, to commence a time of celebration of the faithfulness of God in the life of the ghettopriest. Faithful was God in creating him, bringing him forth from his mother's womb, saving him, calling him and empowering him for ministry over the years. The audience was cross national, as it was being streamed live online, and his mom, brother and other famioly members were standing and seating at the moderator's instructions just as if they were rigjht there. It was a tearful time of adoration and testimonmy to the faithfulness of our God. Congratulations Rev. Jones.
HE HAS BEEN FAITHFUL!
Indeed He has been! Through hardships and great victories God has been very faithful to us as a church and so we celebrated with great gusto on Sunday March 22, 2009. We know that we can rely on Him, as a bulwark, as a pillar under girding us! And with that reflection on the past we face the future, knowing that higher heights to be reached. Some pics of the day are in the photo gallery, as well as the sermon video should be in the sermons page soon.
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On Sunday June 30, we had a tremendous time of celebration as we shared in the water baptism of 6 more disciples. This time around all females. The candidates were: Genesia, Michelle Sutherland-Jones, Diana Henclewood, Kenny-Ann, Lisa Barham and Annola Morris. Hallelujah, six more snatched from the clutches of the enemy. Some of these ladies have been struggling with the need to end their relationships with the unsaved boyfriends or baby fathers. Thank God for the week of Believers Meetings that we had concluded on June 28th. They were all present during that week and the messages brought by Rev. Dr. Carlton Dennis (Head of Associated Gospel Assemblies- Sunday - Thursday) and Rev. Anthony White (Friday night) were anointed and very effective in helping them to cross through the valley of decision on the positive side. The pictures of that baptism can be viewed on the photos page of this site.
The Christian: Disciple and Discipler. Thats the theme that the leaders of the Missionary Church Association in Jamaica, of which we are a part has chosen to work with for this year and possibly beyond. It is in effect a return to basics, a revisiting of the Great Commission. The fact that we have to be even doing this in itself speaks volumes. As a church we have decided to continue this thrust that we have indeed been on from our inception. To help us flesh out this them we are working with the sub theme: REACH ONE MORE FOR JESUS- NO LIMITS. The theme is partly borrowed from the true story of the last words of the father of Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church (Purpose Driven Church). His last words as he battled with Cancer were, "I've got to reach one more for Jesus. This was the theme that we also used to engaged in one week of street evangelism. Under the famous Guango Tree.