An evangelical pastor in Dominica has described the recent passage of Tropical Storm Erika as God trying to get the country’s attention, describing it as ‘signs of the times.’
Addressing a press briefing on Friday evening, Evangelist Peter R. Augustine said what has happened to Dominica was nothing new.
“These are the signs of the times,” he noted. “The times are going to get worse and I think what is happening to us is this, God is trying to get our attention as a people. We need to understand further that the devil has one plan, he came to kill, to steal and to destroy.”
Quoting from the book of Second Timothy, chapter 3: verse 1 he said, “But know this that in the last days, perilous times will come, we see the times around us.”
Augustine stated that God is speaking to Dominica because the nation has been divided.
“I believe God is speaking to our nation, that God is speaking to Dominica and one of the things that I observed we have preached division, we have preached confusion, whether it is religious division or political division, our nation has been divided,” he remarked. “We have spoken so much division, the words of our tongue: they are powerful and it is important that we understand, we as Dominicans should be a lot more positive in the things that we say.”
He pointed out that it is important, regardless of political colours, that all Dominicans “stand as one nation and wishing at all times for the very best of our nation.”
“And so I was just thinking, bridges were broken, communication destructed, but again I believe that just as the bridges will be rebuilt, it is my hope, it is my prayer that relationships will be mended, communication will improve,” Augustine noted.
He called on all parliamentarians to play their part in the reconstruction and the rebuilding of Dominica.
“I think if all goes well for us as a people, I hope as a result of this, those of us down the ladder will understand there is no need for fighting, there is no need for war, there is no need for confusion,” he stated. “We are one nation under one flag and under one God.”
The pastor is of the opinion that Dominica will rise again, as a better country.
“I believe that out of the ashes, out of the rubble, out of the destruction, out of the death, out of the pain, out of the confusion, out of the disaster that we have just experienced Dominica will rise again to become a better nation,” he said. “It is my prayer that as a people and as a nation we will do all we can to ensure that it rises again.”