Ruel Bourne bent down on one knee as he popped the big question to long time girlfriend Karimah King, in front of Cave Shepherd on a busy Saturday in Broad Street.
That’s what scores of people witnessed this weekend.
But it wasn’t quite real.
It was a scene staged by actors to promote Family Heartbeat International’s upcoming “Stand Straight in the Marriage Gate” event scheduled for Saturday at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium. Reverend Haynesley Griffith, Family Life Consultant and CEO of the non-profit organization Family Heartbeat International, said the event would stress the importance of family and relationships.
“The family was ordained by God, and putting Him first is of paramount importance. However, we also need to make an effort in preserving our relationships; not only marriage relationships, but relationships with our children and extended family,” he said.
“This event will help us to learn to do such, through special ministry, and down-to-earth real life testimonies from persons who have experienced marital bliss, those who have struggled to keep their relationship alive, those who have been separated and divorced, those who are single, and even those who have been re-married.”
According to Griffith, a positive family will positively impact on school life and work life resulting in more harmonious relationships, a higher level of productivity, and generally a better home, school and work environment.