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Pastor Percival Palmer

The Reverend Percival Palmer, associate pastor at Whole Life Ministries, emphasised the role of the Church in stemming the level of crime and violence in the country.

"The Church must set the foundation, live by example, show love and get involved in the community," he said. " Our responsibility is to be the model and lead the way."

Seen above in Barbados at the first Christian Action Team's meeting.

Revd. Palmer further said that one way that the church can help to curb violence, is through sporting activities.

"Sports provides a structure through which we can begin to help young people, especially young men," he argued. "If we organise ourselves, we can use sports to bridge the gap between our young people."

Reverend Percival Palmer, who is an associate pastor at Fellowship Tabernacle, has, in recent days, been travelling to various Caribbean territories to motivate and help organise churches and para-churches there to effectively do ministry during the CWC. He reported that the Christian leaders in the rest of the Caribbean are enthusiastic and in some respects they are ahead of their Jamaican counterparts in terms of their readiness for the ministry.

The coming to the Caribbean of the Cricket World Cup, he said, has had significant positive spin-offs for the Caribbean Church. The games, he said, have become a catalyst for churches and para-churches to unite and to lay the groundwork for effective Christian witness during the games.

For his part, Pastor Palmer, is upbeat and expectant that God is going to manifest His glory beyond boundaries. "Spiritually speaking, there is something I hear rumbling in the Caribbean. I went to Guyana recently and shared one day there with 70 pastors. They quickly got a committee organised and are ready to run with the vision. St. Kitts is ahead of us. The people in the region are very expectant. I think God is about to do something ... There have been some prophetic words by Kenneth Copeland, in terms of spiritual tsunami coming to the region this year. We as the Church have to be prepared. I am believing that God will show up and do some phenomenal things.

There are a number of Project HOPE committees that have been established throughout the region, Pastor Palmer reported.

Pastor Percival Palmer may be reached at
Reach Associates International
Faciliating your reach to Success
876 535 2890
876 756-6224
Caribbean Sports Reach
Islands Playing In Praise
876 863-0251

percivalpalmer@yahoo.com

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Extracts sourced from www.jamaica-gleaner.com

Published: Saturday | February 10, 2007

Mark Dawes, Staff Reporter

 
     
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