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Barbadians need to stop begging


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And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have, give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. – Acts 3:4-6
There is begging everywhere in Barbados and it is not because of the recession.
The beggars have moved from “a dollar” or “anything” in order to buy “something to eat”. Nowadays they beg for whatever their eyes come into contact with.
Two weeks ago I went to the Ministry of Education to collect a monitor for a visually impaired student who was writing the CXC examination in electronic document preparation and management.  
While on my way back to the school where I was supervising the exam, I stopped at a gas station to put some petrol in the car. Guess what happened? The female attendant said: “Give me that flat-screen TV; I need it for my bedroom.”  
It really shocked me. The monitor was not even exposed; it was in a box! Some women are first-class beggars; they are always begging for something.
I do not like anyone to beg me for anything; let me give you of my own free will.
Supposed I was foolish and gave away the property (the monitor) of the crown (Government)? I would be writing this week’s column from Her Majesty Prisons Dodds in St Philip; that is if I am allowed!
This is where some men will fall down – by giving women the things they beg for. Be careful and do not give in to temptation.
We as a people must learn to separate our wants from our needs, stop begging and live within our means!
Choirs to perform
Under the patronage of Archbishop Dr John Holder, 20 members of the Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs of the Church of the Transfiguration, New York City, with their acclaimed organist and choirmaster Claudia Dumschat, will make three appearances in Barbados.
Today at 7 p.m. Dumschat will give an organ recital featuring works by Bach, Cesar Franck and Louis Vierne at St James Parish Church.
The choirs will sing at the solemn Eucharist at Christ Church Parish Church on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and, together with members of the St Michael’s Cathedral Choir, will perform at a concert at St Mary’s Anglican Church later that day at 6 p.m.
The programme will include works by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, and selected Negro spirituals.
Tickets and further information are available at the St James Parish Church and St Mary’s Church offices.
Fair
St Martin’s Anglican Church will hold its annual fair tomorrow on the rectory grounds, St Martin’s, St Philip, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Fair and fun day
Bethlehem Moravian Church, Maxwell Gardens, Christ Church, invites the public to its fair and fun day tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Flea market
Clifton Hill Moravian Church, Clifton Hill, St Thomas, invites the public to its annual flea market tomorrow from 9 a.m.
Fish fry
The Church of Christ The King will host a fish fry on the church grounds, Rock Dundo Park, Cave Hill, St?Michael, tomorrow from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Festival
Holy Trinity Church continues its feast of title today with Love Feast at 7:30 p.m. The preacher will be Reverend Jillian Crawford. There will be sung Eucharist on Sunday at 9 a.m., with Rev. Merlene Lucas as preacher, a luncheon at 12 p.m. and Songs Of Praise at 5 p.m.

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