Hope for writers
christian talent with the pen featured at expo
by Flloyd Hall
If you are a Christian writer, aspiring to be one, or just a supporter of local Christian writers, then you should have been at the Collymore Rock Church of the Nazarene last Saturday.
This was the venue for the second staging of The Barbados Christian Writers Expo.
The feature speaker, presiding bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies, Bishop Gerry Seale, addressed the writers from Habakkuk 2:2.
He identified with writers when he told them that “we write because of the urging of the Holy Spirit, and that God wants to say something through us”.
Seale also said that in our writing for the Lord we ought to make it plain that there must be clarity (“Write my answer in large, clear letters on a tablet…” Habakkuk 2:2(a) New Living Translation). We must be willing to change, and maximize the use of today’s technology in the delivery of our message.
He also emphasised that those who communicate the Gospel need to do so in a more precise manner. This is so because the present generation needs to get the message in a different and timely way. We must write so it can be read quickly, he said (“So that a runner can read it and tell everyone” Habakkuk 2:2(b)).
Before the feature address, the evening’s programme got started with the singing of the National Anthem. This was led by master of ceremonies Stanfield Taylor. God’s blessing on the proceedings was said by Reverend Cynthia Haynes and the welcome was given by Kerina Hall, one of the organisers.
Pastor Flloyd Hall of His World Ministries gave the opening remarks. He said that the main objective of the expo was to provide an opportunity for Christian writers to display their works to the general public and have fellowship with each other.
Performing writers were Romono Small, Dr. Phillip Corbin, Sophia Sam and Karlos Cobham, who portrayed the theme of God’s faithfulness in his “rude boy” monologue.
Kerina Hall also focused on God’s faithfulness in her solo.
A special prayer of God’s blessings on the writers was given by host pastor Reverend David Holder. Pastor Hall thanked Taylor for the excellent job in directing the programme, the performing writers for sharing their pieces, the published writers for displaying their works, the leadership of the church for hosting the expo, and those who patronised the event.
Displaying writers were Gersene Norville, Sophia Sam, Cheryl Holder, Willis Hall, Kerina Hall, Dr. Philip Corbin, Pastor Linda Jones, Pastor Ricardo Taylor, Rev. Meredith Hinds, Rev. Dr. Martel Farley, and Rev. Dr. Mark Harewood.
There was also a special guest display by Roger Marshall of Project Probe Ministries.