#BARBADOS (January 26, 2021) – A group of concerned Caribbean citizens has launched iPRAY Caribbean, a 24-hour prayer initiative in support of the region. A free livestream is set to take place from Jan. 30 at noon to noon on Jan. 31 (Atlantic Standard Time).
iPRAY Caribbean is encouraging every individual who lives in or loves the Caribbean to join in prayer at any point during the 24-hour period, for any length of time. As the Caribbean grapples with the damaging economic effects of travel restrictions amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and grieves the loss of family members and loved ones to COVID-19, the goal of the prayer initiative is to bring peace and healing to every individual and the region at large. “Though the effects of the virus have been horrendous for many, the pandemic has created the greatest opportunity ever for all in the Caribbean to come together as one in prayer,” said Barbadian Errol Griffith, president and founder of The Power Of Choice Inc. and one of the organizers of iPRAY Caribbean. With so many people forced to isolate and do most things remotely because of the pandemic, iPRAY Caribbean offers a chance for connection and fellowship by uniting people across the region and beyond. Persons can choose to pray privately on their own, as families, with friends, work colleagues, team members, prayer groups and others whether in person, on telephones or virtually.
The livestream will be available for anyone to tune into during the entire 24-hour period, but it is not a requirement to participate. People are encouraged to join the initiative in prayer wherever they are, for as long as they are able.
“This Caribbean-wide prayer initiative is also possible because of the large number of persons in the Caribbean who do pray,” added Trinidadian Andy O’Brien, who came up with the initial idea and wrote the official song for the event, entitled “24 Hours”. iPRAY Caribbean’s hope is that people will seek God’s wisdom and guidance in the rebuilding of individual lives, families, communities, institutions and economies in the Caribbean through knowing, hearing and obeying God in every aspect of their lives. “We can recalibrate and rebuild a better Caribbean, and one that is the best that it can possibly be,” Griffith added. “We can together as one with God, turn the greatest challenge faced by the Caribbean since the slave trade, into something for good.”
Another organizer, Dr. Orlando Seale, a pastor and president of the Caribbean Nazarene College, said, “Our Caribbean region has been blessed tremendously by God. We are asking God to ‘heal our land’ – healing that only divine intervention can provide. Domestic abuse, pedophilia, crime and violence have polluted our land. COVID-19 has now made it absolutely critical for us to come together as one voice praying to one God, Jehovah, for our healing.” The organizers of iPRAY Caribbean say they hope everyone who participates will realize their God-given potential, and encourage participants to take some time to reflect in the days leading up to the event. It is suggested that each person ponder the following questions to prepare for the prayer initiative:
- What do I wish for the rest of my life?
- What do I no longer wish, or not at all wish, for the rest of my life?
- What promises am I making to God, myself and others going forward in my life?