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DRCC chairman endorses prayer council for recovery plan

Brodrick Penn

Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC), Brodrick Penn has endorsed a suggestion to implement a Prayer Council as part of government’s Recovery and Development Plan for the British Virgin Islands.

A resident put forward the suggestion during a public meeting in the Third Electoral District this week.

“We need a prayer council to help us and it has to be an active body that is built into the plan,” the resident said.

Penn described the idea as one that would be suitable for the Pride and Cultural Identity aspect of the plan.

He reasoned that Christianity is a deep-rooted part of BVI culture.

“The Prayer Council idea is actually something that will fit very nicely with the culture and national identity area that we spoke about. We’ve been hoping to figure out all the areas that should be in our Pride and Cultural Identity [area]… and I think it’s an excellent suggestion for community development and education.”

The National Democratic Party government has listed Pride and Cultural Identity as one of the six priority areas in its recovery plan.

Some $2 million dollars will be allocated to developing the area but there have been calls throughout the recent public meetings to allocate more money to that area.

The other five priority areas are business and economy, infrastructure, human and social services, natural resources and climate change, and governance.

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  1. Really? says:

    Rubbish!!!! this is what you all want to focus on?

    • reality check says:

      People prayed before, during and after the hurricane – did it help? Of course not, because prayer is nothing short of talking to yourself and hoping things will be better, without taking the responsibility of making things better.
      It is no longer 1818, it’s 2018 folks – get with the reality of life or be forever left behind.

  2. L says:

    I’m not sure what a prayer council is, but prayer is free. What will the $2 million dollars be for?

  3. Kingfish says:

    Someone needs to explain how a “Prayer Council” is going to help with the recovery of the BVI. Let those who are into “Praying etc” establish it on their own and keep Church and State separate.

  4. Seer says:

    Hahahahaha *DEEP SIGH* Look I have no ills against prayer, praying to God or whomever ya’ll does pray to, but what is the need for a Prayer Council when there’s a church on every corner of Tortola. Every stretch of street have at least 1-2 churches on it. I know this may not go anywhere but people in power need to get their priority together.

  5. Lunacy! says:

    Persons personal religious beliefs have no part in a Government funded recovery plan. This is not to say that they cannot get together and pray as often as they like, but it has no mandatory place in a Government plan.

  6. The real Boo says:

    only prayers can help us now

    • Jones says:

      If prayer is so powerful and you believe in it i suggest that when you get sick you pray, dont bother going to a qualified doctor

  7. BOSANG says:

    This person don’t even pray when attending meetings its this he about to be endorsing. How Convenient?

  8. WHAT.. says:

    This can not be true, someone tell me I am reading this wrong… A Prayer Council, seriously. Since when do you need a council for prayer. Daily amazement in this place…..

  9. what a ting!! says:

    Not judging but too much= but some of us use God as a tool to cover up our injustice. When we treat others like crap: look down on those less fortunate, show little respect for foreigners, treat “poor” locals like dirt, cater for our family ,and extended ones, friends and those in our inner-circle. put them in position to do jobs just because of social networking we talk about prayer? Formality does not take us any where. True wisdom comes from a committed and dedicated prayer life where the Holy Spirit impress us to do right by all. the Holy spirit gives us wisdom to make wise decision to move our nation forward. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom stop using the word prayer as a cloak. The Bible says His hands is not too short that he cannot save and His ears too short that he cannot hear but because of our INIQUITIES He would not hear our prayers. As a nation we need to purge ourselves ad clean up out system

  10. WTF?! says:

    Now I have heard and seen it ALL in the Be We Eye!

    A f-ing prayer council?! US$2,000,000 allocated to this nonsense? Why get a prayer council and there are well over 50 churches in the BVI? You mean to tell me some of the Pastors along with the ‘tithes’ they receive each week cannot come together and pray for the BVI?

    We have learned nothing after those hurricanes and an earthquake soon coming just witnessing the current seismic activity.

    Carry on and continue to mock the Most High! Makes one wonder what kind of prayer (obeah) these yahoos really trying to fund with all the wickedness in this place.

  11. Resident says:

    Really, Really Broderick. You all can’t even get the Recovery plan right and you talking about prayer council. How the h*** a prayer council going help the Recovery. The politicians were on radio praying their *** off the day before Irma. What did that do? I’m not against prayer. But when you two faced don’t mock God. Come with a plan that makes better sense!

  12. Longshanks says:

    Oh my god.

  13. WOW says:

    This is the most foolish rubbish I have read to date!! The BVI is already looking stupid with our slow pace of recovery and you want to come with this? Church is free, prayer is free!! How will this 2mil be spent? Whose pockets will it line?? THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND MAKES YOU APPEAR SHALLOW!!

  14. Prophet says:

    WHY? LOL This is what I mean when I say some of you dont’ have a damn clue. Give a person Religion and they learn to ignore their reality in hopes of deliverance. What does your religion have to do with our recovery? Christianity is deep rooted in the slave mind not the BVI. BVI ppl never needed religion to understand our relationship with the most high. And you already biased the prayer council to Christian so the rest of the territory doesn’t pray too? Listen man find another way to get the money but don’t do it in the name of prayer

  15. Prophet says:

    WHY? LOL This is what I mean when I say some of you dont’ have a damn clue. Give a person Religion and they learn to ignore their reality in hopes of deliverance. What does your religion have to do with our recovery? Christianity is deep rooted in your mind not the BVI. BVI ppl never needed religion to understand our relationship with the most high. And you already biased the prayer council to Christian so the rest of the territory doesn’t pray too? Listen man find another way to the money but don’t do it in the name of prayer

  16. LOL says:

    People just love confusion. The $2mil allocation is in connection with the department of culture and associated programs. It’s not $2mil towards a God Plan. If people read the plan that has been public for weeks now they would see that clearly and stop the fear mongering. All they’re saying is $2mil was allocated to Culture and the council can be considered ‘culture’ and be setup under that.

  17. Normalcy says:

    My understanding or my logic would tell me that the prayer council wants to be part of the committee, not slotted in as a line item in the recovery plan. I don’t mind them being on the committee, but like someone asked, don’t we already have churches and different groups that can pray on behalf of the well being and recovery of the Virgin Islands? I guess it was an unusual request and that’s why it made the news.

  18. Really? says:

    I follow the Voodoo Religion. The times call for us to come out of the shadows and be heard!!!!!

  19. SIR whatever says:

    I’m not even going to comment .

  20. Please says:

    Two million dollars man then all these pastors are failing to convert their people to be genuinely good people.

    Because if all the people who are going to church on Sundays had good kind hearted character we would not need this council because the evil forces can only be effective by working through people creating circumstances of badness.

    But I guess now its official religion will be a new arm of Government.

  21. Moka says:

    Prayer specically is not in the plan, you illiterates. A resident made a suggestion for prayer and Mr. Penn who is on the spot in a public meeting thinks it may be possible to slot it in under culture which is allready budgeted.

    Can any of you deny that prayer is a part of our culture?

    What is wrong with you people? No wonder some other groups mock us and say we have low IQ.

    • Please says:

      You are the one with the Low IQ where do you see in this article about the money going to culture and that is where the prayer council will be develop.

      It is because of people like you who wait for opportunity to call down your own people why we are not better. What, you want them to spend 2 million on a prayer council and culture.

  22. Times says:

    I commend Mr. Penn for listening to the suggestion and seeing how it possibly can be incorporated into the plan. However there is a christian council, multiple churches and other varying groups that can do that on their own. Since we are largely christian based the churches need to take responsibilty for this.

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