In recognition of the country’s 47th celebration of Independence, a Prayer Walk will be held on Friday, July 10 at Independence Park. The walk is scheduled from 6am to 9am and participants are encouraged to attend in their Independence colors and exercise clothes. According to Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, “With all of the social distancing restrictions over the past few months and recognizing that we were unable to have our normal Independence celebrations, recognizing that exercise is now permitted and exercise,meaning walk on Independence Park, walk throughout the streets, we thought it fitting that we celebrate Independence morning by having a walk.”
Describing the walk as “having a purpose”, the Minister further stated he was pleased the Independence Committee as well as several pastors have come together to organize the Prayer Walk.
It is hoped that all social distancing will be enforced, and a sanitizing station will be present. “We believe there is no better time than Independence Day, Independence celebrations for us to celebrate God and for us to seek God and come together as an island, as a nation to express our faith and to ensure that we cover this island.”
Also present were: Senator Jasmine Dareus, chairperson of the Grand Bahama Independence Committee; Harcourt Brown, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister; Rev. Dr. Robert Lockhart, president of the Grand Bahama Christian Council; and Pastor Cranston McDonald. Senator Dareus said she is excited and pleased to be having the event as even though the regular celebrations will not take place, it will be time to seek and honour God for not only the island, but the nation. ‘Just Pray’ t-shirts will also be distributed at the event.