Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Day of prayer for nation

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“We are here to lift up Barbados before God.”
Those words were echoed by Senator Reverend Dr David Durant recently at the Gathering of Intercessors and Prayer Warriors at the People’s Cathedral.
Concerns for the Barbadian economy, its people and the ongoing situation in Nigeria were the reasons intercessors from around the nation gathered for the third straight year for prayer.
According to Durant, 12 pastors representing different parishes had decided to come together every six or eight weeks to pray for the state of the country.
“We believe the economy needs to be reignited. We want to see the economy buoyant again,” Durant said. “Some of the Pentecostal church leaders have been speaking about it. Also I don’t like the idea of unemployment and breadwinners being sent home; it is not an easy thing.”
Durant was speaking about the lay-offs which have left some households in financial turmoil.
“I’m hoping that things will turn around quickly so that either they will get back another job or they will be able to do something with their hands that they never thought of before,” he said. “I believe situations cause us to think outside the box. I’m hoping that this will be a result of that.”
On a personal note, Durant said he had been reaching out and trying to help many of those who had been displaced by the job cuts.
 “A lot of people are coming to me and I have to respond to them. Once a person is in need you have to do it in a tangible way. You have to say yes, I’m going to pray for you but I also believe in putting something in their hands so you can go and help yourself.
“That’s the role of the church to assist those on the breadline, to help them meet their needs and see if they can find other ways they can be employed.” (SH-O)

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