BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, December 30, 2019 (PLP PR Media Inc.) — Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris while addressing congregants during a morning worship service at the Tabernacle Methodist Church on Sunday December 29 reiterated that prayers are important for the country and its people.
He said he was humbled to know that prayer warriors in the country and outside the country, mentioning Nurse Sylvia Garnette of Tabernacle but who now resides in the USA as one of them, are praying not only for him but also for the country. The service was led by Rev Tyrone Hunkins.
“Our government values prayer and that is why we start every Cabinet session with a word of prayer,” said Prime Minister Harris. “We at times invite ministers from outside to come and to pray, but very often we rotate. So I may pray, Hon Vance Amory may pray, Hon Mark Brantley may pray etc. and we give everybody an opportunity to recognise the importance of God in their lives.”
Dr Harris told the congregation that he prays daily that he is empowered to serve the people. He also thanked the people of Constituency Number Seven, which he has served as its Area Parliamentary Representative since 1993, saying that when he is down, they make him strong, and when he feels tired, they inspire him.
“I want to say thanks to the people of the country for giving me the opportunity to serve as the country’s third Prime Minister,” said Dr Harris. “I am humbled every day and I reflect on a passage of scripture in the Old Testament book of Micah 6:8 which gives some direction of how leaders ought to operate ‘with justice and mercy, and walk properly with their God’.”
Attending the church service included Federation’s Ambassador to the USA, Her Excellency Dr Thelma Phillip-Browne, whom Dr Harris said was one of the four female ambassadors representing the Federation outside. One of the other three, Her Excellency Verna Mills who is the ambassador to Cuba is from Tabernacle and attended that particular Methodist Church.
Prime Minister Harris, who is the National Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP), was accompanied by the party’s Deputy National Political Leader Senator the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett, PLP National Women’s Arm Representative Mrs Sonia Henry, PLP National Youth Arm Representative Mr Delonte Lewis, Vice Chairman of PLP Constituency Number Five Executive Branch Ms Marsha Lewis, and members of PLP Constituency Number Seven Women’s Group.
Thanked by Prime Minister Harris included Ms Shirley Williams, who rendered the song ‘Great is thy Faithfulness’, the President of PLP Constituency Number Seven Women’s Group Mrs Sonia Henry for mobilising many people for the service, and Mrs Melvina Chapman-Audain of Tabernacle but who now lives in Texas and who was in church.
“Melvina is all the way in Texas but she is every day up to date with what is happening in the country,” said the Hon Prime Minister. “I really want to thank her for her support for me and to the country over the many years.”
In her response, Mrs Chapman-Audain said: “I am honoured to have been in the congregation for today’s blessing at the church of my baptism. Mr Prime Minister, thanks for the walk down memory lane and for always being so gracious and inclusive to those around you. It was lovely to see and meet so many old and Facebook friends, as well as schoolmates and teachers from my youth.”