The National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) will this year focus on renovating the Glenhope Place of Safety, in St. Andrew, a section of which was destroyed by fire last year.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston to launch the event on January 11 Chairman of the NLPB Committee. Rev. Dr. Peter Garth said the entity was deeply moved by the situation at that place of safety.
“It is our intention to challenge every single Jamaican to be involved in the restoration of the Glenhope Place of Safety. We intend to mobilise many ministers of the gospel, corporate Jamaica and many others to be involved in a very special work day,” he said.
The facility caters primarily to female wards of the state between the ages of 12 and 18 years who have been removed from their families as being in need of care and protection, or who have committed an offence. Since the incident, the girls have been placed at 10 residential child care facilities across the island. A nursery was also housed at the facility
A free-will offering for the cause, will be collected at the NLPB which will be held on Thursday (January 19), starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Persons may deposit their pledges to Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) account number: 22-684-518.
The Chairman said that as the nation celebrates its 50th year of Independence, of which the event is a part, the Committee looked forward to a breakfast meeting that will challenge leaders “to have faith in God and to make allowance for God in all spheres of life and/or experiences."
Providing further information on how the event will be staged, Secretary of the NLPB Committee, Bishop Stanley Clarke, said that while the main breakfast is being held, a group of emerging leaders from the August Town and adjoining communities have also been invited to gather at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge at the University of the West Indies to be part of a satellite mini breakfast.
“They will watch the proceedings beamed from the Pegasus, and engage in a post-breakfast discussion…We are hoping to repeat this initiative in partnership with other Ministers’ Fraternity across the island," he informed.
Bishop Clarke further noted that a 'Prayer Blitz' will be held over the next eight days from January 12 up to the staging of the event, and will focus on issues "we would like to commit to God in prayer" including poverty, corruption, natural disasters and the well-being of Jamaicans.
The theme for this year’s 32nd staging of the NLPB, is 'Jamaica 50: Reconcile…, Rebuild…, Rejoice', and will be held under the patronage of Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. Attendance at the breakfast is by invitation only.
The purpose of the annual prayer breakfast is to foster greater unity in the nation, particularly among the nation’s leaders at all levels, through prayer and fellowship.
The first leadership prayer breakfast was held in January 1981. It arose out of the church’s concern for peace and justice, reconciliation and unity in the nation.
The VMBS has been sponsoring the event since 1985.