Back Road needs Jesus

July 12, 2017
A section of Port Henderson Road, better known as 'Back Road' in Portmore, St Catherine.

Look here nuh, Sunday gone, I witnessed an awesome piece of sharing with Emmanuel Callender, a Trinidadian track and field athlete.

Callender is a sprinter who represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Summer Olympics in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

In his inspiring testimony at the worship service of Greater Works International Fellowship (GWIF) in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew, the athlete shared how God has blessed him abundantly through the ministry of the church. He explained how his performances on the track has improved dramatically since the senior pastor, Apostle, Andrew Scott, prayed for him and prophesied into his life.

Hear mi nuh man, di hallelujah tun up! Yes, peeps, it was a poignant, powerful, and praiseworthy moment as we celebrated how our Trini brother has been touched and transformed by a Jamaican Christian ministry.




Of course, Callender's rapid-fire, sing-song Trinidadian accent served to make the experience of hearing his testimony even more enjoyable.

I was still basking in the blessed feeling of joy and inspiration on Monday, when I read a story in THE STAR about another Trinidadian in Jamaica. But this story was not about ministry. No, friends, this story was about a prostitute from the twin-island republic who was creating a different kind of joy and excitement on the famous red light district called 'Back Road' in Portmore.

According to the article, the night-working lady from the land of calypso and roti was enticing the men and giving the local prostitutes stiff competition. And based on the views expressed by the competing Jamaican ladies, it appeared as if the accent was also contributing to her appeal. Naturally, the local ladies are not amused. So tensions are increasing, and as the song, say, 'if they never needed the Lord before, they sure do need him now'. Yeah, man, Back Road needs Jesus. I'd love to find her and invite that Trini lady to GWIF. I'm sure that, like her compatriot, she would be blessed and transformed.

And look here nuh friends and brethren, if Back Road nuh want to come church, I may have to take church to Back Road and go initiate some serious evangelical ministry round there! Talking about 'ministry on Back Road', that's the title of one of the skits in Riddim & Runniz, an unconventional and thought-provoking gospel-infused revue that I'm participating in this weekend at Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston. Unnu want to see what happen when theatre and testimony meet? Come check it nuh!

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