Barbados is set to be the leading nation in the Caribbean again.
Pastor David Durant made the bold declaration today as scores of citizens heeded the call to petition for the island’s challenges, needs and success as part of activities marking the National Day
Churches across the island opened their doors this morning from as early as 6 o’clock to allow workers to spend time in communion before tackling the day’s tasks. Citizens were also encouraged to use a portion their lunch hour to pray.
When Barbados TODAY visited the Restoration Ministries sanctuary at Gunsite Road, Brittons Hill, several people were fervently making their petitions.
Pastor Durant described the event as significant, saying it would help the island to be “refreshed, revived and restored.”
“The church has a very significant role to play in social development, spiritual development, economical development. So hence we asked for a National Day of Prayer so people can take time and reflect and pray, examine themselves, so we have the opportunity to give God thanks,”
He stressed the importance of the nation coming together and offering prayers to guarantee its success.
“It is important for the unity of the body to be there because unity is strength. A number of things are converging upon us, socially, economically, spiritually and we think that it’s good for us to pray for our leaders and those in authority that we can live a quiet and peaceful life,”
Today’s national prayer gathering organized by an inter-denominational group of churches sets the backdrop for a weekend of thanksgiving being held under the theme Pray Barbados.
Durant encouraged all Barbadians to take part in the scheduled activities and to use the time to reflect.
“It’s a difficult time for many of our Caribbean neighbours. So this is a time for Barbadians to reflect and give God thanks for where God has brought us from and where he has brought us too and what he’s going to do among us as a nation,”
Following tonight’s prayer rally in Independence Square, there will be three more days of activities.
On Friday, the Ministry of Education has consented for school children and teachers to attend Abundant Life Assembly between 10 a.m – 12 p.m. to be prayed for and
“We are inviting the schools to bring the children so we can help to motivate them, to share the love of God with them and to pray and bless them and their teachers.
We set a nice programme for them to enjoy. Then in the night, we will be back in Independence Square for another rally,” Durant explained.
On Saturday, there will be a Prayer March through the city from Jubilee Gardens from 9 a.m., to pray for businesses, and on Sunday, they are asking all Barbadians – particularly those who don’t ordinarily attend church – to attend services close to their home.
Both Saturday and Sunday will culminate with a National Prayer and Worship Rally in Independence Square. (DB)