ALTAR CALL: Potential for Barbados ‘to flourish’
“Cry out to God, Barbados, for He desires to show you your well in the midst of this wilderness!”
That was the call from Prophet Dwayne Howard as he spoke at New Dimensions Ministries, Barbarees Hill, St Michael, last Thursday night.
“In this season as a nation, God’s desire is to open our eyes as a people to the potential that is already before us; that we would truly see the value He has placed in us as a people, and the potential of our creativity,” he said.
Howard said that as was the case of Hagar in Genesis 31:19, where God opened her eyes and she saw a well in the desert, He would allow Barbados to flourish in the midst of adverse challenges.
One of a number of speakers during a week of prayer and fasting services at the church, Howard said believers were being called to a higher place of responsibility to take action on the gifts, dreams and abilities “that God has blessed them with”. He urged his listeners to use their buckets to draw from the wells of potential awaiting them in the creative, technological and entrepreneurial sectors.
“Our buckets represent our investments, and like water from the well, their potential will result in us not only surviving, but thriving.
“Unconventional methods for unconventional times will be the maxim of the day. The growth of this sector will attract the eyes of the nations, and will create greater investment from both local and international developers, especially from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European continent. New nations will appear as major players in our waters, but old bonds will prove key.
“However, inasmuch as we open our doors to foreign benefit, it is critical that Barbados keeps a great measure of its investment targeted upon the development of its people who will further push the envelope for greater national prosperity,” he declared.
He also said an eye must be kept on the island’s educational sector.
“There is reform coming to our approach, application and methodology. As with the productivity and acceleration produced when a highway is filled with many lanes, an emphasis on growing our educational branches, especially at the elementary and primary school levels, will expose worth in the hearts of our youth and give them a sense of purpose. Our learners will no longer be passive but they shall be pioneers, as they see their worth and actualise where their strengths lie from a young age.”
As he made these declarations concerning the island, Howard said: “Barbados will be known as a hotspot for pioneers whose creativity and wit will not only touch the nations, but feed them.
“As Silicon Valley is to the United States of America, Barbados’ capacity will be seen in similar light, once we capture the window of opportunity that is before us. There is much at stake here; too much that cannot be afforded for us to miss.”
He earlier noted that the trajectory of trial and tragedy in which Barbados found itself as a nation “has a remedy waiting to be unfolded through the wisdom of God”.
“Hagar’s initial attitude about her wilderness almost succeeded in clouding her vision, thus preventing her from seeing the resource that was always before her. However, she cried out to God along with the lad, and He heard their cry. In the same way, our attitude in this trial will determine our altitude.”
Co-pastor Sandra Holford also made divine declarations over the country. She said that as evil altars were destroyed across the island and godly altars established, Barbados would prosper.
“Barbados is poised for greatness. We have gone through much, but God is going to favour us. We are chosen by God to be a breadbasket for many. I pray that the treasures that are hidden in the land and sea will be revealed and will go into the right hands – the Barbadians.
“I pray that this fair land will not only be known for its sea and sand, but as a place where people will come to experience the glory of God. I pray to God that there will be a turnaround in this country’s economy and that it will thrive again,” she added.
Holford also declared the island beautiful, unique and set apart by God as a showcase, and that it would return to its former ways when children obeyed and respected their elders; when Barbadians were mannerly and looked out for each other.
“Barbados, I declare that you are a gem that will shine as a lighthouse for many. I reverse any word curse spoken over the nation of death, bloodshed and turmoil, and I declare that this coming elections will be one of peace. I see good things coming to this land. Barbados, prosperity is yours and you will be known to the nations of this world. It is time to arise and be the light that God has ordained you to be.” (CH)