Seven churches of varying denominations from the Village of Independence gathered last night at the Center where they held a collective worship service. Plus TV was at the event and spoke with one of the organizers and a fellow village council representative, Emilio Zabaneh.
Emilio Zabaneh – Inderpendance Village Council:
I’m a village Councillor here. One of the things I wanted to do as a councellor is to do my best to unite the body of Christ, while I served in the village council. And so over the life of this village council, over the past three years, our village council has come together and organized Ecumenical Services, including as many churches as want to participate inside Independence Village, as one body of Christ, and we glorify him together. We do it in September mostly, but this was a fitting time.
The service was also to honour Reverend Jerome Lozano on his recent accomplishment in ministry. Mrs. Elizabeth Usher Zabaneh says that she believes in recognizing the young especially when God plays an important part in their lives.
Mrs. Elizabeth Usher Zabaneh:
Well I think that we all need to have God in our lives, all the time. And we also need to make much of people who have developed themselves, especially young people. I think that every opportunity that we can get for all our churches to come together, and praise and worship and thank God, it’s important. And so that’s why I did that. I’ve watched Pastor Jerome from he was born until what he is now. I think he’s a great young man.
I love to do things for my community, anything that will bring the community together, I do that.
Reverend Jerome Lozano completed his studies at the end of 2011 and has been pastoring at Independence Oscar Pound Memorial Church of the Nazarene for the past three years.
He told us about his journey of Pastoral Study.
Reverend Jerome Lozano – Pastor of Independence Oscar Pound Memorial Church of the Nazarene:
Indeed it was a long way, studying for five years, going back and forth from Independence to Belize City. It took a lot out of me, but at the end of the day I had the support of my church, and of course my family. As a full time worker at Post Office in Placencia, I want on from there, studying and at the same time traveling to Belize City every Friday evening, coming back to Independence Friday night. It was like that for five years.
Each church that attended the event participated in the ecumenical service by showing of a small presentation. and as you may know, American award winning Gospel singer, song writer and Choreographer Nicole C. Mullen is in the country of Belize to extend her ministry. Mullen was last night’s guest artist.
Other ecumenical services will be held over the duration of this year in the Village of Independence; specifically in June, which marks the beginning of the Hurricane Season, In September to celebrate Independence and Country and in December to celebrate Christ Birth.