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Pastoral Letter - 6th June 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

The month of June brings with it, its own set of celebrations. We shall reflect on some of these including the celebration of Family month /Child Month, the beginning of the Hurricane season.

Today, we will focus on the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins this month on 1st June and ends on 30th November. It is an ongoing season and is part of the annual tropical cyclone season in the Northern Hemisphere. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts that there will be above-average activity during this year’s season with up to 20 named storms. This includes as many as 10 hurricanes and up to 5 major hurricanes.

Usually we mark the beginning of this season with a religious service of some kind praying for safety during the season. While this is good I wish to encourage us to make prayer a part of our daily lives and not only when we feel the threat of a hurricane. Of course, there are many among us who pray constantly and reach out to God daily in the form of personal devotions, family devotions, devotions at their workplaces and in other settings.

As we prepare for this Hurricane season let us remember that Jesus comes in the midst of our storms. In addition, let us remember that no matter what category the storms may fall in , Jesus has power over the storms. In Mark 4:35-41 we find the record of how Jesus stilled the storm over which his disciples were very concerned. When the waves were breaking over the boat and they were nearly swamped, the concerned and frightened disciples woke up Jesus who was in the boat with them fast asleep. They said to him 38…“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Verse 39 tells us. He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He then questioned them as to why they were so afraid and whether they still had faith.

They marveled that the even waves should obey him.

As we go through this year’s Hurricane season, let us not be fearful, but trust in the fact that Jesus still has power over the storms. Let us trust him and act in confidence and wisdom in the midst of every storm this season.

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

Yours in Christ

Tyrone Hunkins

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