Independence Square was filled with the sounds of worship as over 30 church leaders from across the island led a prayer and evangelism crusade for the nation’s ills.
Organisers said the event, which ran from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., was hosted by Night Ride Prayer Ministry and Operation Intercession, out of concern for the spiritual and moral path that Barbados was taking.
“There is much violence and crime in this nation, a lot of ungodliness, a lot of pornography, abuse of children and then of course the economy itself is a challenge to the leaders of our nation, so we have come to pray that God will turn around this nation in every aspect,” said Reverend John Carter of Messiahs House Wesleyan Holiness Church.
Reverend Carter noted that the spirituality of Barbadians had dropped significantly in recent years and this was due to a lack of religious education being provided to the nation’s children.
“In the past we had children in our Sunday schools, in our churches …the church had a very high percentage of young people and preteens in it but now that is weighing significantly, but then of course a lot of parents don’t understand the importance of spiritual covering for their children, they are not praying for their children, they are not bringing them in the house of God,” the former St. Leonard’s Boy School teacher said.
He also suggested that the community needed to stand firm in their beliefs.
“We need the communities to get back caring about itself, to get back (to) caring for other members of the community by standing firm against all these ills that people are seeking to impose on the nation.
“The public has to stop protecting the lawless and the criminals in our society. We have a proliferation of guns in Barbados, there are people who know how they are coming in … but they are not saying.”
These sentiments were echoed by Pastor David Durant of Restoration Ministries who said, “Rebuilding and getting back to place of being our neighbour’s keeper is needed again in Barbados”.
The senior pastor mentioned that his ministry was taking steps to reach a consensus between community, the church and the police as a joint town hall meeting will be held next month to find solutions to these problems.
Rev Carter disclosed that the church is hoping to hold a 366 day prayer event from December 1, 2015 to November 30, 2016 in celebration of Barbados’ 50th independence anniversary. (KK)