Outreach Community Centre Commissioned in Sea Grape, Grand Bahama

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It Only Takes One Person to Make a Difference, Darville Says

LLOYD QUANT Outreach Center was officially opened at St. David’s Methodist Church in Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama this past Sunday. Participating in the official ribbon cutting was from left to right: the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama; the Hon. Obadiah Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament for the West End and Bimini Constituency; Evangelist Lloyd Quant; Mrs. Joan Stubbs; and Rev. Kenneth Lewis, pastor of St. David’s and St. Andrew’s Methodist Church.

SEA GRAPE, Grand Bahama – Bahamians were reminded Sunday that it only takes one person to make a difference and that each of us should desire to be that person.

That challenge came from the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville as he participated in the Commissioning of the Evangelist Lloyd Quant Outreach Community Center in Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock this past Sunday evening.

Both the Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obadiah Wilchcombe, and Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, on Sunday past took time out from their busy schedules to pay tribute to Evangelist Lloyd Quant.

Their tribute came during the Commissioning of the Evangelist Lloyd Quant Outreach Community Center, at St. David’s Methodist Church in Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, Sunday evening.

At age 98, Mr. Quant is said to be the longest serving preacher in the Methodist Church in The Bahamas and the Caribbean, having served the church and the community of West Grand Bahama, in particular, for the past 80 years.

Addressing the gathering at the commissioning ceremony this past Sunday, Dr. Darville pointed out that it is the Government’s mission to wipe every tear from every eye by providing support and assistance for the most vulnerable members of society: children, the elderly, persons with disability, the poor and families requiring social and financial support.

“Our vision is to see a country where all citizens are economically empowered to provide for themselves and their families and have equal opportunities to access services that will enhance the basic quality of life for all.

“Despite the efforts of the hard working employees in the Department of Social Services and Urban Renewal 2.0, we realize that the Government cannot do it alone. As a team, together, everyone achieves more and through the collaborative and synergistic efforts of public/private partnerships, we know that we can and will accomplish our goals,” Dr. Darville stated.

Also, he stated that it is his belief that those who take part in philanthropic activities must have a strong desire to see poverty, and the crime and general social decay that accompanies it, eradicated.

“Therefore, I applaud the supporters and contributors of this Outreach Center, who have invested their time, finances and other resources to bring this project to fruition,” Dr. Darville said.

He went on to acknowledge 700 Partners, a non-profit organization headed by Ms. Ginger Moxey, President and CEO of Immerse Bahamas, for listing the Evangelist Lloyd Quant Community Outreach Centre as one of the worthy projects that require community support.

“This organization, which fuses the efforts of the Government of The Bahamas, global and civic organizations, corporate Bahamas, religious groups and people from all walks of life, in the spirit of culture immersion, philanthropy and social responsibility, is dedicated to reaching those that are in need and restoring the infrastructure that creates the environment for better communities, hence their partnership with this Community Outreach Centre,” Dr. Darville informed.

Continuing, he noted that it was his understanding that the Center housed a feeding facility, which served breakfast twice weekly to more that 100 children.

“While this is a step in the right direction, they have so much more they would like to accomplish by expanding their facility to include a Wellness Center, an After School Program and offering special classes such as Adult Literacy, Karate and Sewing Programs, just to name a few.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the businesses and residents of West Grand Bahama, in particular, to render assistance to this Center as it seeks to expand its operation.

“I would also like to encourage Pastor Kenneth Lewis, the parishioners of St. David’s Methodist Church and the Outreach Center managers to continue to partner with the Department of Social Services and Urban Renewal 2.0 in the execution of your daily responsibilities and to remember that we are only as strong as the weakest among us,” the Minister for Grand Bahama stressed.

Further he advised that the greatest gift of any leader is his or her ability to connect with, inspire and create opportunities for the youth, the poor and the disenfranchised.

“It is my sincere hope, therefore, that each of you will leave this service today empowered with the belief that it only takes one person to make a difference, and a desire to be that person,” he said.