Jamaica & Haiti will be the focus during the inaugural Digicel New York Jerk & Yam Festival, when during the Caribbean Gospel Prayer Brunch local clergy will lead the patrons in prayer for both nations their rebirth and rebuilding. The decision was made to rename to brunch to indicate the inclusion of Haiti and other islands.
“The Diaspora is concerned for the well-being of both nations,” says Minister Patricia Malcolm, lead of the Caribbean Gospel Brunch Commitee. “Haitians have endured untold suffering over the last 61/2 months and desperately needs help in so many areas. Jamaica saw so much chaos and upheaval recently. The citizens of both countries and the Diaspora are unsure about the direction of their respective countries; uniting in prayer is a way of helping to bridge that space between hope and despair.”
Patrons are being encouraged to bring school supplies for donation to Jamaica & Haiti and canned goods specifically for Haiti. Bishop Lubin Moise who is from Haiti will coordinate the effort through his 501 (c) organization.
Leading the prayer & praise are Pastor Gilford Monrose Elder Wilmouth Seaton, Bishop Lubin Moise, Rev. Patrick Perrin, and Bishop Orlando Findlayter, all local Ministers.
Popular gospel artist Joan Myers as well as local choirs will lead the audience in songs of worship and praise.
The exotic taste of the Jamaica’s national dish, Ackee & Saltfish and the national dish of Haiti Griot will take centre stage, during the brunch—a perfect transition to the exotic, mouth-watering taste of Jerk Cuisine and Yam.
The rest of the day will see numerous activities. The Fabulous Fab 5 band will provide non-stop entertainment. Music will be by DJ face, Andrew D & Bobby Channel I.
The organizers are encouraging patrons to get their tickets early. General admission is USD 25.00 for adults; children under 12 are free. A special VIP Table service is available for persons who want to relax in the comfort of a seated tent. Please call for pricing.
The Caribbean Gospel Prayer Brunch is co-sponsored by Digicel, Emigrant Savings Bank and The Linstead Market Food company.