When we first brought Clinton O’Connor on staff as the pastor of Grace Community Fellowship, we knew his skills, talents, and experience extended beyond the church walls. Over the years in Harmons, he has served the ministry in an increasing number of ways. He oversees Blessings In Store, serves as a Human Resources liaison for Jamaican staff, finds himself in counseling situations regularly, and leads numerous Bibles Studies and small groups. As a Justice of the Peace, he is also helpful to the ministry as a contact to the Jamaican government.
Won By One To Jamaica brought Paul Blake on staff last summer to lead the youth group in Harmons. As the teens in the community gravitated to him and we saw that group being energized by his leadership, the Ministry Leadership stepped back to evaluate how we could best use these two talented leaders to impact the Harmons community.
In the past month, a transition has occurred. Clinton is now serving as the Director of Economic Development and Staff Development, and Paul is now the lead pastor of Grace Community Fellowship.
Celebrations and recognitions have been prevalent in this change. An appreciation party for Clinton hosted 60 staff, church members, board members, and community leaders. The plaque that was presented to him articulates what we all recognize: “Clinton has successfully earned the respect of many people and has served as an Ambassador for Christ in Harmons, Manchester, and throughout Jamaica. He has set a fine example of reliability, dependability, and commitment. He has built a strong footing for other pastors to follow.”
Paul’s first Sunday as lead pastor brought a standing-room-only crowd to the Education Center, where the church is now meeting. Four people made professions of faith in the midst of the music and preaching. Paul’s father heard him preach for the first time and then took the opportunity to share himself about how proud of Paul he is, which was a meaningful, touching time for all present. Paul’s second week preaching, even more people attended the service! Our Director of Spiritual Formation, Bryan Fellers, works closely with Paul and he said everyone is very fortunate to have Paul in the community, “He is going to do great things.”
If you find yourself in Harmons this year, be sure to take a moment to congratulate Clinton and Paul and ask them about their new positions.
Harmons Hope Outreach
If you’ve been to Harmons, you’ve most likely met Big Man. Big Man has been working for Won By One to Jamaica for 10 years and was recently promoted to a new role as Jamaican Ministry Associate. He is a man who lives by the motto “Love God, Love People, Make a Difference.” Following this motto led him to start a ministry in April 2017 called Harmons Hope Outreach. His ministry aims to reach the unreached and provide basic needs to the needy. To date, he and his team of 9 other likeminded individuals, have reached over 200 people in homes, hospitals, and schools. He is excited that this ministry allows him to share his passion for people and the Lord, and we are excited to share his efforts with you. Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Harmons-Hope-Outreach-Ministry-844278805964116/
Our new Education Center was dedicated with a grand opening celebration on October 12th, 2018. A big thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising campaign! Since the opening, nearly 30 students are tutored here each week through our tutoring program, and the dedicated classroom space has been a huge blessing.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us -Hebrews 12:1