Story number 3 for 5 Sep 2000

By September 5, 2000

Mission Network News’ Peter Brooks’ visit to Jamaica yielded this report. “I’m here at Riverton City, in Kingston, Jamaica, which is the site of the municipal garbage dump. But, it’s more than that, it’s the home for between eight and ten thousand people who live in a shantytown put together from scraps salvaged from the dump. However, all that is going to be changing in the near future, thanks to a partnership between Food for the Poor and the National Religious Broadcasters. Romeo Effs is the special projects manager of Food for the Poor here in Jamaica. Romeo, what is it going to mean for these people to have a home of their own, and why is that so significant for them? “It’s going to mean that their dignity will be restored, and it is also going to mean that their faith in God will definitely be increased. They will now understand that God has delivered them from this hardship that they’re suffering.” Groundbreaking has taken place. Brandt Gustavson of the National Religious Broadcasters and a number of local community dignitaries were involved in that project. The rest of the construction will begin here in a few months. Reporting from Kingston, Jamaica, I’m Peter Brooks for Mission Network News.”

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