‘New praise’ to welcome New Year
With Christmas Day only hours away, most people by now should be ready for that special occasion. But, of course, there is a little more time to prepare for New Year’s celebrations. So, here is a big event coming up that everyone is being called upon to ring in the New Year with –– a “new praise”.
Walls Down –– The Worship Experience, as it is dubbed, takes place just as the country ushers in the New Year –– from 1:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. –– and will be staged at the Mahaica Playing Field in Speightstown, St Peter. The free experience will headline Sherwin Gardner out of Trinidad and Tobago and Barbadian gospel stars Sherry Ann Maughan, John Yarde, Ria Armstrong, Soul Winners and the Adrenaline Praise Promotions Worship Team.
Turning our attention now to more good news, another major secular artiste –– in the Caribbean –– has recently been converted to Christianity. She is the once raunchy Jamaican deejay Lady Saw.
And less than a week after surrendering to Christ, Lady Saw, whose real name is Marion Hall, hit the infamous “Back Road”
in Portmore, St Catherine, Jamaica, a strip known for open prostitution and cheap motels, to deliver a message from God to a particular lady of the night.
The popular entertainer, who has been a talking point since getting baptized Monday last week, told the Jamaica Observer after Sunday morning worship at Emmanuel Apostolic Church on Slipe Road in Kingston, that God had already started to use her.
The 43-year-old Hall said she was in bed on Saturday night when God gave her a message for a prostitute on “Back Road” (Port Henderson Road), whom she was informed recently got saved and is planning to get baptized.
“. . . I went by Back Road ’cause that’s where He sent me and He gave me a name. For God to give me a name out of everybody’s name, and . . . that was a unique name, not really a common one,” Hall said.
“When I started asking for her, everybody was saying, ‘Yeah man. One girl weh seh she a go baptize tomorrow. She work up a da building deh’. So all of them come and one say, ‘Me hear ’bout har; she jus’ give har life to God’,” Hall related.
Hall, who had gone with her brother, said it took her ten minutes to locate the young woman.
“But she say, ‘It’s not me’. But I told her, ‘Is you God send me to’,” Hall recounted. “I prayed for the person and embraced her and said, ‘Lord, whatever you send me here to do for this person, just put words in my mouth’, and I did what I had to do and go home.”
While searching for the young woman, Hall said she heard one person laughing. She said she was not offended, as she remembered how Jesus and His disciples were also ridiculed.
Hall, who decided to convert to Christianity during last week Monday’s funeral service for singjay Jordan J Capri Phillips, who died days after a motor vehicle accident, spoke about another message she had received from God for a friend.
“. . . When I tell him, he cried and I was like, ‘God, I don’t want to do this. Why you doing this God?’ For Him to use me like that after where I am coming from and what I’ve done, it shows that no matter who you are and what you have done, and your past sins, God accepts you and He has use for you,” she said.
Hall said she had been getting numerous invitations from Christians to address their churches, but she is awaiting God’s direction of her movement.
Asked about her Christian goals, Hall said she wanted to become a minister and that God had already told her that she was going to have her own church.
Hall said that despite what critics had been saying about her, her previous baptism at the age of 12 and her previous announcements about walking with Christ, this was the “real thing”.
“A nuh joke ting dis time,” she said.
“Detractors, God has left me proof; every message was recorded, even the one to my publicist to cancel all my shows. I didn’t even know how I sound until they played it back,” she said. “The lady who reached out to me three months ago to say that this was going to happen, she was the first one I called.”
She added: “I am feeling great, feeling so good, feeling so happy, and the message was great, and I have been feeling happy since my baptism. I am more confident to speak about God and to accept Him, to praise Him in a crowd.
“Normally I would be shy and don’t want to praise Him, or worried that I might get inna spirit and drop and embarrass myself, but it’s like it doesn’t matter right now. That’s like where my joy is; but I’m so honoured that God chose me to be a part of His flock.
“It is a wonderful feeling. I can’t explain it right now. It’s just beautiful; it’s more comforting than being with a man or smoking.”
I would like to give credit to the Jamaica Observer for this interesting story.
We look forward to other secular acts turning their lives to Almighty God and refocusing their musical messages for His honour and glory.
That’s it for now. Have a blessed and controlled Christmas season.