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Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 26, 2019 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs in collaboration with the church community across St. Kitts and Nevis will once again observe a National Day of Prayer and Fasting on Monday, September 02, 2019, to encourage personal reflection and appreciation for God’s blessings. Those that want to take part in this are more than welcome to come to whichever church is nearest to them, but those who are not able to come can submit online prayer requests for whatever needs they have.

This is the second consecutive year that the commemoration will be held. Churches are encouraged to organize appropriate activities in the morning and midday to serve their congregation and members of the respective communities who wish to participate. In the evening, residents are invited to the Zion Moravian Church at Victoria Road, Basseterre for the National Prayer Gathering. It begins at 7 p.m.

“It is important because it is the entire nation that is called to prayer,” said Ron Dublin-Collins, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs. Mr. Dublin-Collins was responding to a question about the value of staging this event.

“It is our faith that guides our everyday life. We believe that – as the word says – we live in him, ‘we live, move and have our being’ and so our entire national life must be surrounded with prayer, enforced, and supported with prayer,” the permanent secretary added, noting that it will help to guide the nation along the path of success and prosperity.

The inaugural National Day of Prayer and Fasting was very successful with many churches across the twin-island Federation participating. The Federal Cabinet participated in the observance by inviting Dr. Calvin Hazel, Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, to lead the group in prayer at the start of a formal meeting of the Cabinet. Several members also participated in the National Prayer Gathering later that day.

All residents are encouraged to participate in organized events on Monday, September 02.

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