Christian community challenged to launch programme to curb crime

Pastor/Theologian and Leadership Trainer Vonnie James

by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada

  • Crime within our community predominately by male youth population
  • Church speak seemed to have little impact on societal ills
  • Church challenged to replicate Ministry of Youth Mpower Male-Oriented Programmes

Pastor/Theologian and Leadership Trainer Vonnie James said the church must intervene in the fight against crime predominately by the hands of our male youth population, within our community.

Agreeing that our male population is at risk, James said many social inequalities including poverty are to blame and those arrested and jailed tend to come from underprivileged backgrounds. He said although the church continues to speak out on these societal ills, this has seemed to have little impact. James was referring to the most recent fatal stabbing which resulted in the death of Jamaican businessman identified 52-year-old Norman Power, alias “Yardie”. Arrested and charged for non-capital murder are Clint Toussaint, 33 years, Anthony Chase, 23 years, Tyrone Francis, 23 years and Rafim Andrew, 25 years, all fishermen of Grand Roy, St John.

“The church is speaking, but is not impacting lives so poverty, crime, and violence remain, so I am very concerned,” James said. James has commended the Ministry of Youth for the launch of male-oriented programmes geared at targeting at-risk young men in vulnerable communities.

He said the church should follow suit and established its own programme to help curb the number of crimes in Grenada. “I have noticed that the government through the Ministry of Youth has launched Mpower Male-Oriented Programmes and I am challenging the Christian community to launch a similar programme with a specific spiritual component to affect the lives of young men because if we refuse to do that, what will end up happening is that we will have our females growing up in a society where they are unable to find partners for life.”

The leadership trainer said at the commencement of the EQUIP Salt and Light Grenada Conference these societal ills will be addressed. He also said at the conference the focus will be on empowering young people from outside the church to become Grenada’s future leaders. EQUIP Leadership is a non-profit ministry founded in 1996 by leadership author and expert John Maxwell. Facilitators of the conference are Dr Stanley B Long and Dr Nicholas Brathwaite. The conference will be held from 9-10 November at the Grenada Youth Centre.

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