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NEW YORK, NY. Tuesday, July 27, 2013 -- Consul General of Jamaica to New York, Herman G. LaMont, has called on Jamaicans in the Diaspora to remember the land of their birth at this time. Addressing members of the Clergy Coalition at a recent meeting at the offices of the Consulate General of Jamaica in Manhattan, CG LaMont said that he was looking forward to this year’s Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer & Fasting, on Thursday, August 1.
“By the Grace of the Almighty, I look forward to this year’s prayer and fasting, to focus and pray for the improvement of the moral, social and economic well-being in our homeland, Jamaica and the world,” CG LaMont offered.
A consortium of clergy aided by Jamaica’s Diplomatic and Consular Missions Overseas along with corporate support, will stage the 9th annual Jamaica Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting (JDOP) for Jamaica’s Spiritual Renewal and Transformation on Thursday, August 1, 2013 – Emancipation Day.
Conceptualized by the Brooklyn-based Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (IPMI), Churches and places of worship will open their doors throughout the day for Jamaicans to take time out of their busy schedule to offer a word of prayer. At the end of the day, selected churches in each jurisdiction will convene an ecumenical (non-denominational) worship service, using an established prayer outline.
The prayer outline take into account the social and economic challenges and opportunities of the day, facing Jamaicans at home.
CG LaMont used the occasion to offer a special thank s, on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, to IPMI, the clergy coalition and participants, especially in the USA, UK and Canada.
The Reverend Christopher Neilson, first time chair of the preparatory committee, noted that as in previous years, the JDOP will, “seek to exponentially expand and extend, through conviction in Christ, the work of the churches and leadership of the Steering Committee in collaboration with the Jamaican Consulates and High Commissions”
Jamaicans in the Diaspora are once again being called upon to pause, pray and provide in a tangible way for the spiritual renewal and transformation of our beloved island nation.
“We firmly and unabashedly believe that prayer changes things and avails much. Please join us in prayer for Jamaica, Land we love. This call and challenge goes out to every denomination, Jamaicans in every walk of life, and all who hold the affairs of Jamaica near and dear to their hearts,” noted Rev. Neilson, New Life Christian Church of Philadelphia, PA.
Some 35 churches and places of worship in the Diaspora have already signed on to the program which is being supported in part by IPMI, Jamaica Broilers Group, Ltd and Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill.
Offerings from the event will benefit two designated charities in Jamaica; The Coalition in Support of Adolescent Leadership Training (CSALT) and The Pregnancy Resource Center of Jamaica (PRCJ).
Churches and places of worship, wishing to participate in the day of prayer and fasting should contact, IPMI at 718-241-2162 or visit the organization’s website at; www.goipmi.org