(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister)
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Pastors and church leaders from around St. Kitts are hailing Monday’s observation of the National Day of Prayer and Fasting as a successful and meaningful endeavour, as hundreds of individuals and several corporations visited churches across the island to engage in prayer sessions.
The National Day of Prayer, which was one of the activities planned to mark St. Kitts and Nevis’ 35th anniversary of Independence, sought to inspire and elevate in all of us faith, hope and love in and for God.
The Wesleyan Holiness Church in Basseterre was one of the churches that organized special prayer gatherings, including corporate prayer and spiritual challenges, during the day.
“This really should be an annual feature,” said the Reverend Sylvester Herbert, pastor at the Wesleyan Holiness Church. “We always need prayer, we always need to depend on God for our social lives and other situations that we face.
“I felt very good to see so many different people from all walks of life coming to the church. One of the things I was very heartened about is that there is this sense among our people, at least from those who came out, that there is a need for us to depend on God for our own national well-being.”
The church leader said it was a busy day at the Wesleyan Holiness Church, stating, “I was at the church from 6 a.m. and a spent most of the day there and quite a number of people turned up. We had three sets of corporate prayer where spiritual challenges were also given that was at 6 a.m., 12 noon and at 5 p.m.”
Pastor Prisca Hyligar of the Evangelistic Faith Church in Sandy Point was also pleased with the staging of the National Day of Prayer.
“During the morning and the earlier part of the afternoon we had persons coming and going, coming and going,” Pastor Hyligar said. “Some stayed long while others prayed and left. “I think in the future I would recommend that prior to the National Day of Prayer we give more advertisements so that we can reach even more people.”
Among the things persons prayed for throughout the day, according to Reverend Herbert, were the nation’s youth and the continued well-being of the nation.
“One of the focal point was the youth of our nation—they featured significantly in all of the sessions. We also prayed for the leadership of the nation, the Government as well as the Opposition; we prayed for protection during this hurricane season; we also focused on those who would have lost loved ones via violent deaths and in relation to our youth, we prayed against gang violence and people who are inclined to get involved in antisocial behaviour,” Reverend Herbert said.
Leaders of Government also participated in the National Day of Prayer, as Reverend Dr. Calvin Hazel, Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, led members of the Team Unity administration in a prayer session during a formal meeting of the Cabinet at Government Headquarters.