Written by: Dyhann Buddoo-Fletcher - Assistant to the President | Friday, June 21, 2019

The Chief Chaplain of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Pastor Gary Buddoo-Fletcher is emphasizing that Seventh-day Adventist men must lead by example for the benefit of their families and society.

The call came at the East Jamaica Conference Zone Four Men’s Ministries Convention, held on Sabbath, June 15, 2019 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.

 “It is important for men to lead by example”, said Pastor Buddoo-Fletcher, “As your child’s primary relationship with you can affect all of your child’s relationships from birth to death, including those with friends, lovers and spouses.”

 He indicated that the presence of fathers in particular in those early patterns of interaction with their children are the very patterns that will be projected forward into all relationships...forever more. “Not only your child’s intrinsic idea of who he or she is as he or she relates to others, but also, the range of what your child considers acceptable and loving,” said the Chaplain.

The Chaplain’s three part presentation highlighted the: ‘Traditional Role of Men and its implication; The Correlation of Absentee Fathers and Criminality and the Important Values to Impart by Transformed Men.

For Pastor Buddoo-Fletcher, his twenty-four years of experience

working in the Seventh-day Adventist Church prior to becoming the Chief Chaplain of the JCF, has exposed him to both sides of the spectrum. He says it is better when men arm themselves with the necessary tools to be positive role models especially in the home as this is where boys are taught how to be good men.

 “The presence of fathers in the home is tied to lower rates of maltreatment.” He continued, “Studies show that if a child’s father is affectionate, supportive, and involved, he can contribute greatly to his child’s:cognitive, language, and social development; academic achievement; a strong inner core resource; sense of well-being;   good self-esteem, and authenticity.

The Chaplain was quick to highlight that more men are now becoming actively involved in their homes and in their children’s lives.

Pastor Linton Williams, Executive Secretary in his greetings at the event, quoted the words of a song that expressed, “What this dying world could use is a willing man of God. Men of Compassion, men who are not afraid to die, men who will stand firm to their duty as the needle to the pole.”

Earlier in the days programme, Pastor Manley Phillips, Men’s Ministries Director in East Jamaica Conference outlined in his presentation the purpose of the Men’s Ministries Department.

He said, “Men’s Ministries is an intentional attempt to bring men to God. It concentrates on ministering to the specific needs of men; highlighting their roles and function so that they can live their optimal in improving their lives and in return the lives of their families.

The afternoon’s programme climaxed with two presentations:  Bongelo Gombele, M.D. spoke on the subject, Men Staying Fit for Life; while Andrew Phillips, M.D. addressed, Men’s Oral Health.

Men’s Convention is an annual event that is conducted in East Jamaica Conference.

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