As a religious leader, the founder and Senior Pastor of Restoration Ministries David Durant is familiar with the biblical reference to seven years of famine which followed seven years of plenty in Egypt.
And Durant, a Government Senator, is praying and preaching that 2016 will see an end to Barbados’ own seven years of famine and the beginning of its seven years of plenty.
The prominent preacher said that having experienced “seven lean years”, he expected a more productive, progressive and prosperous Barbados in the New Year.
“I really sense in my heart, and it is my prayer, that we will now have seven years of plenty and I really hope that that will become a reality in this nation,” Durant said.
The pastor attributed his faith in a revived economy on the current strong tourist season, citing high occupancy rates at hotels, increased air and cruise arrivals and several new projects.
“I also sense that the Sam Lord’s Castle project being undertaken means employment being created, and several other projects that will come on stream creating employment will do well for our economy. And it should really help to address the unemployment situation which would make people more comfortable,” the preacher said.
He also said he anticipated that the agriculture industry would perform better than it has in the past, helping to create additional employment.