|‘Time for your light to shine’ |
By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Monday, March 31 2014
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A MOTHER'S LOVE: With a lollipop in her mouth, this little girl plays happily in the arms of her mother at the National Congress of Incorporated Bapti...
It is time for the light of the Shouter Baptist community to shine. This came from Minister of National Diversity and Cultural Diversification, Rod-
ger Samuel, as he addressed Dioceses Bishops, Elders, and followers of the Shouter Baptist faith during the National Congress of Incorporated Baptist Organisation’s Spiritual and Shouter Baptist Liberation Day celebrations at the Grand Stand at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
The crowd, which was smaller than previous years gathered at the Grand Stand from as early as 9 am ready to celebrate the freedom to practice their faith. The Grand Stand had booths from the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago which showed historical artifacts which detail the history of Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day.
Samuel reminded the congregation that while the celebration of the freedom to practice their religion was a good thing, the main focus of the Baptist community is to make a mark for the nation. “We could talk about the 34 years of limitation and the many years after that of liberation, but freedom in not just the right to do what we want, but the power to do what is right.” Samuel said.
He told the congregation it was time the Shouter Baptist community took a stand for a nation that needed their help. He also said upon his return from Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) inter-faith conference, the same sentiment has been shared by many in Caricom.
“Caricom has realised that if they do not get the faith-based organisations and movement involved with dealing with the issues in (Caricom) then we will be in tremendous trouble.” Samuel said.
The Minister said the Shouter Baptist community was not just here to dance and sing, but was here to make a difference. “When this country goes off course, Spiritual Baptists are here to say that it is wrong and we have to get back on the right track” Samuel said.
The Minister said the Shouter Baptist community was tasked with assisting in reshaping and restoring the nation. “Baptists have a mandate on their hands to ensure the morality and ethics is restored and it begins with all of us who proclaim the name of Jesus. The Spiritual Baptists need to be heard, not just singing, but it needs to be heard in the nation.” Samuel said.