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Pastoral Letter - 23rd October, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

We reflect today on another very important topic, Financial Literacy Month. Did I hear someone ask “what is that? Well, let me explain to you what it is.

First of all, there is an organization called the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union abbreviated ECCU. This is a development of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. This Organization comprises of the following eight (8) members, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The ECCU operates under the Supervision of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). These member countries all use a common currency called the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is valued at EC$2.700 to US $1.00.

The member governments of the ECCU have agreed to designate the month of October each year as Financial Literacy Month. Why have they done this? They did it “in an effort to increase understanding of financial matters throughout the region.” The objective of Financial Literacy Month, therefore, is to begin the process of educating the islands.

This year 2022, the overarching theme for Financial Literacy Month, is “Financial Empowerment Through Education”, This very suitable and relevant them, “geared towards attaining a financially developed and vibrant ECCU region that fosters strong and sustainable economic growth, and the improved well-being of the residents and citizens”.

I therefore invite you all to take some time out to reflect on this theme and to seek to educate yourself financially through the various forums that you can find in relation to this topic. I invite you to visit any website, listen to any programme on the radio, view on Face Book, You Tube or any other media, attend any seminar and even do your own research on this topic in order to educate yourself financially. I believe that in doing so you may be surprised at the amazing difference that such an investment of your time, energy and resources can make in the life of your family and in your own personal life. Give it a try. You sure won’t regret it.

Happy Financial Literacy Month to all of you.

Love and best wishes to your wonderful family, from my family and myself.

Yours in Christ

Tyrone Hunkins, Rev.

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