A number of Evangelical religious leaders and members from various churches in Dominica on Thursday came together to host an Interdenominational Day of Prayer to pray for various areas of importance on the island.
Every first Thursday in May, Evangelicals worldwide have been engaged in this activity and the theme this year for the Caribbean Region is “Wake up Caribbean.”
The major event for the day in Dominica was a Prayer Rally held on Independence Street in Roseau
During the rally, prayers were made for the sick, families, the depressed, judiciary/police and justice, the economy, the unemployed, victims of substance abuse and other social ills and the President of Dominica and Parliament.
“What we are doing is we have a number of churches here, a number of pastors here as well and our intention is to pray for varied areas that are important in the country,” Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church (TBC), Randy Rodney told Dominica News Online (DNO).
He explained that three topics were presented by different pastors.
Pastor Lennox Timothy spoke on the topic ‘While men Slept’, Pastor Casmus John presented, ‘The Urgency of the call,’ while Pastor Leon Collymore spoke on, ‘The Common Challenge.’
“We understand that we seem to have a common Caribbean problem in a lot of areas. In child molestation, in deviance, in people not going to church, in men not attending church…,” Rodney stated.
He said participation in the rally was good.
“There is a good representation of people from a lot of different communities and that for me is an indication that the message is getting there,” he said.
He believes that the people must be what he described as ‘church people,’ “in that they must support God and the things of God without any reservation.”
“They must be unequivocal about being God’s children,” Pastor Rodney stated. “Once they become that, they will become the Daniels of scripture. When we do that, we will be setting a model for society. Once we have done that then our action is to let our surroundings know that there are some things we will not accept. There are some things we will not take and we will stand up against it.”
He noted that what was being done at a the rally is a ‘new thrust.’
“From a couple months ago we started with the activism on child abuse and we are going to be dealing with this again,” Rodney explained.