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“AFTERNOON rains over eastern and central sections of the island Wednesday pelted the municipality, making the open lot at the Edgewater roundabout soft and muddy. But in spite of the soggy field and the damp air, a large crowd eager to say farewell to George Lee, the second-term chairman of the Portmore Municipal Council and mayor of Portmore who passed away almost two weeks ago, attended the candlelight vigil in his honour. The mood was not one of mourning, but of praise, gratitude, jubilation. There was singing and dancing to live gospel music from churches in the area, including Portmore Church of God, Rehoboth Apostolic, Portmore Holiness, Waterford Missionary, and Victory Tabernacle New Testament Church of God. Some residents, too, rendered impromptu pieces near the end of the proceedings. As if to soothe his concern, Garfield Reid of Waterford Missionary said: "Even though George Lee is not with us, the work of the community and the work of the Lord must go on".”

“Gospel concert dubbed A Better Tomorrow delivers...The concert, second in it series — was held in association with On The Shout and The Potter's House Church in Junction — and was intended to assist in spreading God's word. The first concert was held in Montego Bay, St James, in 2010. "A Better Tomorrow is an outreach initiative which was borne from a vision to use the medium of music to transform lives," said Kevin Smith, one of the organisers. Jermaine Bolton, Godesta, Jah Dai, Ron Testify, Ryan Berry, Garfield Reid, Dunamis Reignz, Claudius England, Jay Cee and Rondel Positive delivered a good set. Jermaine Edwards got the audience fired up with a medley of popular gospel choruses. However, it was less jumping and more worship when singer Jabez took the stage. With songs such as Before The Day Is Over, Drinking From My Saucer and You Raised Me Up, his offering to the crowd was received with great enthusiasm. DJ Nicholas brought the curtains down on the concert with some mad prai”

“The event, held at the National Indoor Sports Centre, saw Reid walking away with $400,000 and other prizes. The singer, who attends the Waterford Missionary Church in Waterford where he is the drummer and assistant musical director, delivered his final performance of Signs of the Times to hearty applause. Reid took to the stage in an all white costume with staff in hand, warning people through his song to prepare for the coming of the Lord and to watch for an omen that heralds the Second Coming. He was also awarded "Most Outstanding Performer".”

“THE GENESIS OF 'GENESIS' Dr Doris Fraser, one of the volunteers and missionaries, explained the change. "The original concept of the Genesis concert was to have an activity for Christians to meet after watchnight service and for them to be able to enjoy themselves in the Lord. So people would gather immediately or shortly after their watchnight service at a particular venue," she said. "This time was chosen so that Christians would have something to do and be gainfully entertained". Although not featuring the primary heavy hitters and other elements which have come to characterise the concert in previous years, up-and-coming gospel recording artistes such as: Jprojek, Blu Isteppa, J-Dat, Sister Nicky, Priest and Alleluia Bwoy, mixed in with a few household names such as: Garfield Reid, Minister Blesssed, Perpetual Praise, Jermaine Edwards, Portmore Vision Gospel Choir and others, to provide good ministry to those who made it out.”

"As an athlete, it's a great feeling to know that your entire country, and importantly your community, is supporting you; and the Waterhouse community continues to give me tremendous support over the years —particularly during the London Olympics. So to be able to thank Waterhouse, where my roots lie, in this major way means a lot to me, and I have to thank Digicel for making this Community Fun Day a reality," said Fraser-Pryce. Fraser-Pryce is the Olympic 100-metres Champion. The residents were treated to activities, including giveaways of phones and call credit. Entertainment included performances from community talents as well as top acts like popular entertainers Romain Virgo, Jermaine Edwards, Delando, and Garfield Reid.