On Sunday January 08, 2023, Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram held an Interfaith Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving at the Couva North Constituency Office in Chase Village.
The event, themed “Together, Everyone Achieves More” was also streamed live to social media and featured offerings of prayer, greetings and devotional items from representatives of the Baha’i, Baptist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths. Also bringing messages of inspiration were President of the Inter-Religious Organization of Trinidad & Tobago (IRO), Pt. Lloyd Mukram Sirjoo and UNC Senator Jearlean John.
The Couva North Constituency Office was transformed into a garden of tranquility, prayer and thanksgiving, hosting a packed audience which included members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of Parliament, Local Government Officials, Members of the UNC National Executive, Senior Members of the TTPS and other specially invited guests. Those in attendance were treated to devotional items by Mr. Shafie Soobratie, Mr. Roopnarine Sankar and Chief Bishop Mervyn John & Members of the Triune Spiritual Shouter Baptiste Archdiocese, and performances by celebrated local artistes; Rawle Motilal, Nicole Graves, Brandon Christopher, Arkash & Sheetal Carl and the Shiv Shakti Dance Company.
Salutations were brought by UNC Deputy Political Leader, Senator Jearlean John who identified with the struggle that citizens of T&T face however, in quoting the title of one of the Black Stalin’s popular songs Senator John said, “We can make it if we try” and reminded everyone that “Service to Man is Service to God”.
In delivering the feature address, Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram said that, “As the new year 2023 ushers in New Hope and new opportunities, we acknowledge that the only way we can be successful to capitalize on the opportunities, is by coming together, staying together, working together and praying together.”
MP Ratiram said that our beloved nation is under siege, from rampant crime, from an ever-escalating cost of living and from deteriorating institutions, all of which has been made worse by the absence of leadership and vision by those who hold high office in Government. However, he urged all to have faith and not despair, “for God shall never abandon us, not while we are able to come together like this, all brothers and sisters, of all faiths, in His Mighty Name.”
MP Ratiram’s address and the recorded stream of the event are available for viewing via the MP’s Facebook page by clicking on the following link: https://fb.watch/hYdts5VDlf/