Recent developments surrounding the high profile resignation of Bishop John Cline as Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) could make for an awkward moment when political leaders gather at the New Life Baptist Church for prayers this weekend. It is unclear what role Bishop Cline, senior pastor of the church, will play at the ceremony on Sunday, January 15.
Cline was asked to resign by Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith following comments aired publicly regarding the Territory's finances, the Ministry of Finance and the controversial decision to move ahead with expansion of the airport at this time, through a Chinese company.
The annual service, 'Territorial Interdenominational Service of Thanksgiving and Intercession', is usually used as a time for forgiveness and healing. It's being held by the Government of the Virgin Islands in collaboration with Aglow International Virgin Islands Chapter.
Premier Smith has been encouraging Territory-wide participation in the initiative, as everyone unites to pray on behalf of these Virgin Islands.
Premier Smith said, “My government welcomes the opportunity to partner with the community and Aglow International as we recognise that we cannot do it alone.”
The Premier added, “As a leader of this Territory, I pray that God protects our families, our youth and our Territory from natural and man-made disasters, and that He arrests any problems threatening and destroying the fabric of our society.”
The service is designed to bring the community together to collectively thank God for his protection through 2016 and to invite his guidance, protection and favour on the government and the people of the Territory in 2017.
The service takes place at 4:00 pm on Sunday under the theme, ‘We Beseech Thee, Oh Lord.’