Speaking mainly of preparatory work being done in
Jamaica, Pastor Palmer
explained that for several weeks, a number of volunteers from the
Christian community have been undergoing training to complement
the work of the Local Organising Committee of the Cricket World
Cup. In particular the training has had strong customer service
elements, but also creative ways to minister to the spiritual needs
of those who will be attending the games.
Seen below Shaun
Pollock outside of the Barbados Kensington Oval signing
the HOPE 2007 books at the Jesus Christ 2007 Not Out
Cricket Festival Village during Cricket World Cup.
There are a number of Project HOPE committees that
have been established throughout the region, Pastor Palmer reported.
The partners with Project HOPE Jamaica include:
Flock Jamaica,Whole life Ministries, Wycliffe Bible Translators,
Jamaica Council of Churches, Jamaica Association of Evangelicals,
The Bible Society of the West Indies, Youth With A Mission, Caribbean
Gospel Network Foundations, Glory Music, Fusion West Indies, Errol
Rattray Evangelistic Association, Jamaica Child Evangelism Fellowship,
Open Air Campaigners, Inter-Schools Christian Fellowship, Jamaica
Youth for Christ, and Reconciliation Ministries. Pastor Palmer expects
the list of para-churches and churches to grow.
There has also been considerable interest in persons
from overseas offering to be volunteers with Project HOPE, Pastor
Palmer said. Everyday, he said, the offices of Project HOPE, receives
phone calls of overseas-based persons wanting to work with the organisation.
He confirmed that 40 Christians from Australia will be coming to
the World Cup to work as volunteers and to conduct sports clinics
for cricket and netball in various schools.
A list of events and activities in which Project
HOPE will be involved are to be found on the Caribbean Sports Reach
website - www.caribsportsreach.com.
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Among its plans slated for the CWC is to have big
screens at strategic places so that the public can view the games.
Pastor Palmer hopes to facilitate public viewing of the World Cup
at St. William Grant's Park in downtown Kingston and also in Wilton
Gardens (a.k.a. Rema). Wilton Gardens will be the focus on much
activity for Project HOPE as there are plans to convene a three
day gospel music festival there. This is being organised by Fusion
Concerning the cricket teams that will be at the
games, Project HOPE will be making its chaplaincy services available
to the players and such other officials that might want to avail
himself/herself of such facilities.
On match days there will be people on the ground
handing out literature and doing ministry including prayer and counselling.
Reconciliation Ministries hopes to give out at least 100,000 copies
of the devotional book Word For Today to cricket fans. While the
Jamaica Baptist Union intends to make available free bottled water
to those attending the games. The bottled water is being made available
through Pepsi and it will feature Christian slogans and messages
pasted on the container.
So then, what about the tourists who might become
born-again during the games? Pastor Palmer explained that Caribbean
Sports Reach enjoys links with credible international Christian
organisations which are well poised to refer new converts to Bible-believing
churches in their homeland.
Other sporting and entertainment events held during
the time of the CWC will also have the involvement of Project HOPE,
Pastor Palmer said. Project HOPE, he continued, will be at Boys
and Girls Championship March 29-April 1, to do ministry. Similarly,
he said, Project HOPE would also be involved in Fun in the Son which
is scheduled to take place at Hope Gardens on March 17.
Pastor Palmer said Project HOPE Jamaica, would not
be Kingston-bound, but that there will be ministry done in Trelawny
and other western parts of the island.
Persons wishing to sharpen their skills at doing
sports evangelism, he said, are invited to participate during an
international sports training conference being organised by Caribbean
Sports Reach and set for March 15-19 at the Kendal Camp and Conference
Centre in Manchester. Details of the conference may be obtained
at the Project HOPE offices which is at 14 1/2 Half-Way Tree Road,
Kingston ( the offices of Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness).
The door is still open, Pastor Palmer said, for members of the Christian
community to become volunteers with Project HOPE. Persons wishing
to become volunteers he said may contact the offices of Project
HOPE, or sign up through its website.
Pastor Percival Palmer may be reached at
Reach Associates International
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876 535 2890
Caribbean Sports Reach
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Published: Saturday | February 10, 2007
Mark Dawes, Staff Reporter