Word Outreach Ministry reaches out | New

Yesterday, the Word Outreach Ministry launched its community outreach arm – Word Reach Foundation (WRF), with the aim of playing a bigger role in addressing some of the social issues affecting society.

The launch, which took place at the Church of God (Seventh Day) Rhema Praise Shrine in Willowdene Estates, St Catherine, will see the church have even more of an impact on the community it serves, as well as in the surrounding areas.

Commenting on the initiatives to be rolled out, Kevin Bell, president of the foundation, said that the idea was born from the strategic discussions that took place, as well as from the various initiatives carried out previously.

“So we decided that the Word Reach Foundation would be an outreach arm of the Word Power Ministry initiative, marrying evangelistic and social interventions to transform and positively impact communities.

Bell said the foundation’s goal is to promote the outreach philosophy of the church’s Word Power Ministry, while providing spiritual empowerment, personal development and positive self-expression to young people through the visual arts. , performing arts and religious programs.

Other goals include improving education for people in vulnerable situations throughout Jamaica. This will be done by providing tuition support and designing and implementing programs that promote the acquisition of knowledge in critical professional and academic areas. There is also a plan to improve the psychosocial conditions of single parents, indigents, children in need, men in difficulty and the elderly in the unstable communities of Spanish Town and neighboring neighborhoods, through the implementation health and wellness initiatives and collecting and distributing food, clothing and other personal items on their behalf.

For Bell and his team, the gospel of Jesus is more than preaching, it’s doing.

“We focus on getting people into a particular space that we say is a church building and then we, in some kind of dimension, deliver information through a particular format that people get used to every week . The gospel of Jesus Christ is about compassion, healing and transformation,’ Bell said passionately, sharing that for the Word Reach Foundation, he wants to mirror all that Christ did while he was on earth.

Another vision of the foundation is to be the voice of the voiceless and to help those who cannot help themselves by speaking up for those who have been mute.

“We will help those who have been oppressed and we will be the support people need to get back on the right path in life. That’s why the Word Reach Foundation focuses on single mothers — just the people who are having a really hard time recovering from the blows life has given them,” Bell said.

The WRF will also provide a safe space for troubled men, as Bell said the crime pandemic affecting the country comes mostly from young men who are wayward or unruly due to poor parenting.

“And the homeless, they are often forgotten. These are mainly the main target audience of the foundation. Our passion is really about seeing a difference and seeing lasting differences,” he shared with Family and religion.

Looking ahead, Bell said the foundation hopes to make a real difference in people’s lives.

“The work we’re doing now, we don’t just want to do for now, we want to do for the future. And so, we hope that every time we come in contact with someone – a family, a group – that they will pay for and set the stage for other people to benefit… from their own acts of kindness.

Barry F. Howard