on US mission
Date August 10, 2005 Compliments of the Barbados
EIGHT YOUNG CHRISTIANS will be winging their way to New Jersey,
United States, later today, to participate in the World Ambassadors
for Social Transformation programme. Chairman of Jesus
Week, Patrick Tannis, said the exchange programme was
"a progressive step as Government and the church begin to work
more closely together to fulfil a mandate of total development of
the country's citizens".
He was speaking during a Press conference at Parliament Buildings
The eight are Myles Phillips, Jalissa Williams, Crystal Ashby,
Riechell Worrell, Rossann Bovell, Michelle Smart, Candice King and
Kemar Whitehall. Grace Gill and Kim Jones will be the chaperones.
"The Jesus Week initiative, partnering with the Minister of
Social Transformation Hamilton Lashley, has come up with a project
to create the World Ambassadors for Social Transformation. This
is a project which embraces the youth and vigour of the teenagers
of the world.
On the premise that Jesus Christ was the world's first minister
of social transformation, the organisers of the programme have launched
out with the ideals of faith, courage and goodwill that would be
passed on to young people," Patrick
He said it was hoped the programme would not only bring the church
and state closer together, but other nations and other churches
from around the world.
He said as the programme progressed, Barbados would emerge as a
leading nation in the area of diplomacy and youth commitment to
good ideals and wholesome values.
Lashley described the programme as a wonderful concept since it
would be making a "gateway" for other participants.
He added that every church in the island was part of the Ministry
of Social Transformation and espoused the philosophy, programme
and the fundamental policies of social transformation.
"Our aim is to partner with the churches in Barbados to bring
about social transformation. Barbados could never achieve genuine
social transformation without a distinct relationship with Jesus
"It is totally impossible. Without Christ, Barbados would
only achieve material advancement," Lashley said.
During their two-week stay in the United States, the eight participants
will visit places such as the United Nations, New York Stock Exchange,
NBC Studios and the Schomburg Centre for Research.