Pastor: Attacks put brakes on prize Chevvy
WHERE’S THE PRIZE CAR?
That’s the question several people are directing to organisers of the Legacy International Apostolic And Prophetic Conference held at the Wildey Gymnasium and Solidarity House from May 9 to 11 this year under the auspices of Shalom Outreach Ministries International.
The concerns come after Warrens Motors donated a blue Chevrolet Spark in April to organiser Pastor Dr Anthony Cummins to be given to some lucky individual attending the conference. But more than three months after the conference, the car has not been handed over to anyone.
Cummings said then that donations received from corporate Barbados would be given away “during the three days” of the conference.
Each person had to pay a registration fee of $20 which provided the opportunity to “win” the car, though organisers stressed publicly in April that it was not a raffle. Cummins said then that over 100 churches had joined Shalom at the conference.
When the WEEKEND NATION contacted Cummins he admitted the car was still in his possession.
“The car has not been allocated to anyone because there are a number of matters that we did not know would have been requested from us when we had the show,” he said.
He added that one of the situations with which his organisation would have had to deal was “attacks” from the national evangelical church.
“They would have accused us of gambling and for that reason we were trying to find a way and a format to allocate the car, which is now at the drawing table,” he said.
Cummins added: “It’s like between a rock and a hard place; trying to satisfy the church and at the same time recognising that we owe it to the people who would have supported the conference.”
He noted that his organisation had sought legal advice on the matter and it was “still with the lawyers”.
Queried as to when the car would be allocated, Cummins said he was looking at around November 30 when his church celebrated its 15th anniversary.
Asked how he would now determine to whom the car would be allocated, Cummins said the church still had all the registration forms of the people who attended the three-day conference and they would be contacted.
Over 1 000 people reportedly attended the three-day event, the first day of which was held at The Gymnasium.
Responding to complaints from artistes who had not been paid for performing at the event, Cummins admitted some of them had not received any money.
“We do not necessarily pay anyone, we give out stipends . . . . The money that we have we will make some allocations . . . .
“There is a band that played for us every night and we will be looking to pay them . . . . We did not have [the money] at the time, but we will be paying them,” he said.
Among the companies making donations for the event that ranged from laptop computers and stoves to groceries and furniture were DaCosta Mannings, Lashley Enterprises, SuperCentre Ltd and Barbados Business Machines.