Friday 31st March, 2006

 

Baptists celebrate Liberation Day

Work on school starts next month

 
 
 
 
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Archbishop Barbara Gray-Burke addresses members of the Spiritual Shouter Baptist faith during Liberation Day celebrations at Maloney yesterday.

BY CAROL MATROO

Construction of the long-awaited Shouter Baptist primary school will begin next month, Episcopal Archbishop Barbara Gray-Burke announced yesterday.

She said they had been given approval by the Education Ministry to go ahead with the building in the second week of April.

Gray-Burke was speaking at the 11th anniversary celebrations of Shouter Baptist Liberation Day at their Maloney park where hundreds of worshippers turned out to give praise and celebrate their liberation.

The Baptists received the 1.57 hectare plot of land at Orange Grove Estate, Tacarigua, in 2000 to construct a youth counselling centre, recreational facilities and a $10 million cathedral.

“Today, I real happy. I feel a deep joy in my soul because we need a school to indoctrinate and instil our faith into our children,” a joyous Gray-Burke told the masses who had turned out in full traditional wear in myriad colours.

Wearing clothes from the purest white to blood red, they sang and danced, unmindful of the heat from the early afternoon sun.

It was a day of praise and worship as they rejoiced in their victory to openly profess their faith.

Archbishop Ashton Clarke called on the worshippers “to stand up and praise your God.

“In our moving forward there will be those who seek to remind us of our past, but you stand up and praise Him,” he said.

“We have been persecuted for our faith, but our God is a great God,” he said.

Clarke also called for the return of family values if society was to move forward.

“It is all good and well to say I am giving my children all they want, but are we giving them values?” he questioned.

 

 

 

 

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