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Interfaith Prayer

By admin / Posted on 01 September 2010

Monday, March 10, 2008

EAST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A. – Some overseas-based Guyanese offered prayers for their homeland at an Inter-Faith Prayer Service which was held on Saturday at the Calvary Roseville United Methodist Church, 400 Main Street, East Orange, New Jersey, recently.

Pandit Suresh Sugrim who organized the event said it was well attended. “We could have felt the peace within our hearts as we lifted our hands up in prayers to God, asking for his Divine blessing for the Government and people of Guyana.”

Pandit Sugrim, who is also the President of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Inc. Humanitarian Mission, explained that three of the major religions — Christianity, Hinduism and Islam — serving in the northeast of New Jersey, felt compelled to host such an event in the wake of the senseless acts perpetrated by gunmen at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, and at Bartica, killing some two dozen Guyanese in cold blood.

“This has caused many Guyanese living abroad to fear for the future and stability of their beloved homeland and to wonder about the security of the state and the safety of its citizens and residents.

“There has been much anger and bitterness that a group of wayward thugs is bringing our country into disrepute and taking the lives of so many innocent men, women and children in a most despicable and ruthless manner.”

He said that their thoughts are with the people of Guyana. “The plain truth is that there is very little we can do at this distance, except to pray and hope for the best and to contribute charitably to those who are in need.

“We remembered and prayed for all those who have lost loved ones in these massacres, and for those who have been injured in these shootings. We pray also for the Government and security forces of Guyana that God will give them the wisdom and strength from above to do what they have to do.

“And we pray for all the people of Guyana, especially those who work for justice, in order to bring peace to this troubled land.”

Spearheading the prayer service were Reverend Esar Budhu of the St. Agnes and St. Paul Episcopal Church, East Orange, New Jersey; Reverend George Frederick of the Calvary-Roseville United Methodist Church, East Orange, New Jersey; Reverend Dr. William Guthrie of the Christ Episcopal Church, East Orange, New Jersey; Pandit Clement Kirkland who represented the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. Humanitarian Mission, Jersey City, New Jersey; Imaam Ashraf Latif of the National Islamic Association Masjid, Newark, New Jersey; Imaam Mohammed Ally Nasir of the National Islamic Association Masjid, Newark, New Jersey; Pandit Suresh Sugrim, also of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Inc. Humanitarian Mission, Jersey City, New Jersey; and the Reverend Rodwell Thom of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in East Orange, New Jersey.

 

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