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Church for the Blind Celebrates First Anniversary

Special Guest Senator Floyd Morris, First Blind Senator of Jamaica

Thursday, November 16, 2017/Categories: Conference News

Senator Floyd Morris, the first blind senator of Jamaica, will be the special guest speaker for Hope Vision Fellowship’s anniversary program on Saturday, November 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m. This church is the first congregation for visually impaired individuals in the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (NAD) and will mark its anniversary with a full day of worship and praise at 24 Nelson Road, Scarborough, ON.

Morris has held several distinguished positions in government, including Minister of State and President of the Senate—a first for someone with a disability in Jamaica. Today, he is a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament, the Coordinator/Head for the University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Disability Studies and the host of a Jamaican radio show, “Seeing from a Different Perspective,” on NewsTalk93FM, which airs on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Among his many accolades, on November 3, 2017, he became only the second blind person to receive a doctorate from UWI.

In an interview with The Jamaican Observer, Morris, a devout Seventh-day Adventist, said, “…when you have a firm belief in God, confidence in self, a vision of life and support from family and friends, the world is there for you to conquer.”

Hope Vision Fellowship is the culmination of a nearly 10-year dream. In 2008, Pat Page, her husband, Ralph, and Charles Thomas, who previously served the visually impaired at Christian Record Services, began to gather a small group of visually impaired individuals at the Holiday Inn Express. Despite financial challenges, the ministry pressed forward, meeting monthly; and on November 26, 2016, a new church for this underserved population was inaugurated with the support of Ontario Conference directors Pastor Theodore Sargeant, director for Compassion Ministries (Blind, Deaf and Community Services) and Pastor Jakov Bibulovic, director for Church Growth.

Ontario Conference president, Mansfield Edwards, who championed starting a formal church for the visually impaired in the province, explained his motivation. “It’s simply going into all the world and thinking about all the folk we haven’t been effective in reaching.”

For more information, contact Pastor Theodore Sargeant, director, Compassion Ministries, at tsargeant@adventistontario.org or 905-571-1022 ext. 110; or Lisa Mercer, secretary, Compassion Ministries, at lmercer@adventistontario.org or 905-571-1022 ext. 111.


 

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