The Government has endorsed a National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance to be observed this Saturday, December 2.
This special initiative is being organized by the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches under the theme “Jamaica Repent and Turn”. The event to mark the National Day of Fasting and Prayer will be held in Half Way Tree square at 7:00pm. This will be followed by another event on Sunday, December 3 at Sam Sharpe square in Montego Bay.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness signalled the government’s support at a press conference held yesterday (November 29) at Jamaica House.
“I am pleased to be associated with this initiative. The government endorses, the government supports it and we encourage all Jamaicans to come out and pray”.
The Prime Minister explained that “My job is not to lead the church in calling for prayer. I am following the church and my job as the political leader, executive leader of the nation is to endorse the call and the work of the spiritual leaders”.
Mr Holness said he is confident the day will have an impact as the country grapples with the crisis of violence that is pervasive in the society.
Last week the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches met with the Prime Minister at his office where they outlined plans for the National Day of Prayer and asked for the Government’s support.