The Barbados based Prayer Warriors International is getting ready to roll out a number of initiatives targeting this country’s youth.
Evangelist Courtney Selman told Barbados TODAY that three programmes aimed at combating crime and unemployment would be launched next February.
“We would like to have 100 weed whackers to give to the young men in Barbados, those who want to work and of course the guys on the block. We will also be developing and teaching these gentlemen how to do business, how to prepare business plans [and] how to save. In fact I have spoken to the City of Bridgetown Credit Union (COB) to get these guys involved with a consistent savings,” Selman said.
The second initiative he revealed aims to have “approximately 500 young men washing cars across Barbados at Government offices etcetera.
“Of course we would want to consult with the Government
to have permission to have these guys wash cars at their sites, parking lots, supermarkets, embassies and places where there are cars,” he explained.
“These young people will be identified with an ID tag and maybe a t-shirt and posted at different sites. Now if they can wash ten cars a day at $10, you are looking a $100 a day or $500 a week which they can earn independently and I believe if they can save, then they can get to higher heights,” he added.
The setting up of religious schools in every parish is the organisation’s other mandate, according to Selman, a former Barbados fast bowler who declared that he was now bowling only for God.
“The programme will be called We are our Neighbours’ Keepers. As you know before we used to be taught Religious Knowledge in schools but that no longer exists so we want to replace that with religious schools.”
He contended that the crime situation currently plaguing the country was as a result of the “ominous missing of God in people lives”.
“I believe what is happening is creating a great deal of lawlessness in the country and crime and we are hoping that these programmes will help,” he added. (FW)