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Newsletter (Sept 26, 2018)


Come see what the Lord has done, it is marvelous in our eyes. Our God is simply amazing.



World Suicide Prevention Day Seminar – September 14, 2018
Come see what the Lord has done, it is marvelous in our eyes. Our God is simply amazing. This year we celebrated the 10th staging of the World Suicide Prevention Day Seminar.  We had approximately 250 people, inclusive of about 30 who came for the opening ceremony alone. The usual challenge of staging an event at this time of the year was evident, but God gave us unexpected media coverage on August 26th, which led to increasing publicity for the seminar and resulted in Dr. Tufton, Minister of Health, requesting an opportunity to provide information about the suicide prevention hotline at the seminar.

The rest is History

Senator, the Honourable Ruel Reid, Minister of Education was our guest speaker, and Dr. Tufton, brought greetings and spoke about the coming launch of the Suicide Prevention Hotline in collaboration with Choose Life International, which took the headlines the following day.

Senator Ruel Reid quipped that Dr. Tufton shared in his keynote address during his inspiring speech.

Sheryl who lost her 12 year old son to suicide tearfully shared that desiring counselling, she saw something on Choose Life International in the newspaper, and came to us for help for her other son and herself, and they were greatly helped. Praise God.

It was an amazing day.  Our friend and colleague in ministry, Dr. Angela Ramlal-Williams commented, “Congratulations on a very well planned and executed conference,” and this was the overall sentiment of participants.

Great Insight

The seminar covered topics such as: The Suicidal Mind by Dr. George Leveridge, Social Media and Suicide by Dr. Judith Leiba-Thomas, Teens, Schools & Suicide: When Educational Goals Collide with Hopelessness by Dr. Grace Kelly, Building a Suicide Protocol in Your Organization by Dr. Terence Bernard and Sex and Suicide by Dr. Donovan and Mrs. Faith Thomas.

The presentation by Dr. Leveridge on The Suicidal Mind was the most well received presentation and persons who have been previously suicidal were able to better understand themselves, in fact some persons reached out for help as a result of this presentation. For helping professionals and others, it provided great insight.

Of special note this year was the pre-launch of our Choose Life Ambassador Programme, which will provide training of persons at the school and community level, who will be empowered as peer counselors to help people choose life.  We want to thank Amaria Brown from St. Jago High School who passionately spoke about the need for suicide prevention.
A potential ambassador commented to her teacher, “…want to tell you a big thank you for taking me with you to the conference. If you only knew how much I’ve learned…That conference changed my life.”

Above: Teacher and students from Jamaica College with Dr. Donovan Thomas. Left: Westwood High students.

Other Activities

  • On September 7 we did a one-day seminar on “Wellness in the Workplace and Resolving Conflict” with an organization, where there was a departmental breakdown in communication as a result of conflict.  We received comments such as, “The seminar was well put together and I appreciate the fact that individuals opened up about their feelings”, and, “Overall it was interactive, informative and quite beneficial in equipping us to be better leaders and enhance team cohesiveness,” at the end of that session. Praise God for His faithfulness!!
  • On September 9 Donovan and I spoke on Happiness in the Family at Antioch Assembly on Windward Road.  Wow! It was an amazing time as many came to the altar and we had an extensive prayer time and ministry.
  • We also did four presentations at St Andrew High School which went very well.  This covered grades 7-13 of the entire school population. The topic was: Learning to Soar: Guidelines for Living the More Abundant Life. It was their commemoration of Founders Day, and many prayed accepting Christ and prayed asking God to help them to forgive.

Prayer Request

Please pray for Mattheu who is scheduled to do lung surgery today. Pray for successful surgery and that God would heal and give an amazing testimony of God’s healing of cancer.

Please pray for the CLI 10th Anniversary activities starting with our 10:45 a.m. service at Swallowfield Chapel on October 7th and culminating in the banquet on October 27th and the first General Assembly on October 28th.

We look forward to your support, attendance and ticket purchase and sales as much as you’re able to. God bless.


Faith and Donovan.