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Pastoral Letter - 6th February, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the mighty name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Every year the many contributions and sacrifices made by African Americans to the USA and to FEMA itself, are celebrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA. FEMA is a US government body intended to coordinate responses to a disaster in the United States. “Black Health and Wellness” In Canada the theme is “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day.”

As a reminder, Black History month is an annual observance which originated in the United States of America. It is the precursor to Black History Month originated in 1926 and is also known as ‘African-American History Month.

Today I wish to highlight one of our National Heroes, as we celebrate Black History month, Dr. The Right Excellent and The Right Honourable Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds, KCMG, MB BS, DA, FAAC, PhD. His accomplishments include:

Being appointed as a Knight Commander in the most distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG). Being elevated to the Status of National Hero. He was awarded for his sterling contribution to nation building at an investiture ceremony held by His Excellency the Governor General, Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, on Tuesday 28th June 2016 and he is the first living national hero of St. Kitts and Nevis. This is among many other awards.

Who will be the next living national hero? Will it be you? You never know. I don’t think that those who became National Heroes set out to be heroes, but by living their life the best way they could, we are now reading about them today.

While we may celebrate Black History month by celebrating the life of others, like Barak Obama and Rosa Parks in the USA, one day it may be your turn to seek to make the best contribution you can, not only to your country and nation, but to your church and to the building up of God’s kingdom here on earth. In this way, if you never become a national hero here on earth in your life time, you will become one when you please God in the way you live your life. When you die and the day of celebration is come, God will say to you, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' (Matthew 25:21). Yes, you will become a celebrity in the sight of God. You will be treated with royalty. Your name will be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life in God’s Hall of Fame.

Happy Black History Month! Remember, while Jesus said without me you can do nothing, with Him and in Him you can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you.

Love from my family to you and your family.

Yours in Christ

Tyrone Hunkins

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