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Dear friend, grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. As we celebrate the birth
of Jesus 2014, I want to remind you that Christmas is all about Jesus and I want to encourage you to keep the
season HOLY, PURE AND CLEAN. Let us not insult and grieve the heart of God the Father and God the Son by
drinking alcohol and engaging in immorality and sin.
Christmas is a special time of Worship. When Jesus was born, the angels worshipped and brought good tidings
of great joy to all people. Luke 2: 10, 13.
The WISE MEN, who were kings, travelled from the east for two years to find Jesus and when they found him,
they fell down and worshipped him. Matthew 2:1,2,11.
Like the angels and the wise men, we worship Jesus because He was more than a good man, more than a
prophet, more than a miracle worker. He was God in the flesh that came into the world to save us from our sins
and to give us new life and a new beginning.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder and
his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.
Yes, Jesus is God and when you receive Him in your life, you receive God.
John 1:11,12 says, He came unto his own and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
You have the choice to receive him or reject him. I encourage you to receive him in your life. The best Christmas
gift you can receive this year is Jesus Christ.
Jesus came to bless us and He wants to bless you, your children, your home, your marriage, your family, your
health, your finances, your future and every area of your life.
You can end 2014 with Jesus and start 2015 in the grace, peace and strength of the Lord.
PLEASE PRAY THIS PRAYER TO RECEIVE THE LORD JESUS:
Dear Lord Jesus, I humble myself before you today. I believe you are God who became flesh and you love me
and died as a man on the cross for my sins. I give you my heart and I surrender my life to you. Please forgive
me of all my sins, have mercy on me and save my soul. Lord Jesus, I receive you as my Lord and Personal
Saviour. Amen. (Please send me a text if you prayed the prayer.)
Rev. Peter Narinesingh.
You and your family are cordially invited to worship the Lord with us at
FAITH CENTRE 3-5 Prince of Wales Street, San Fernando.
Phone : 657 -- 0649 (9:00am -- 4.00pm weekdays)
Text message: 747-8584 (Rev. Peter Narinesingh)
CHRISTMAS MORNING -- 8am.
OLD YEARS NIGHT -- 7pm
A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU!! 1222028
The Washington-based Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) approved a US$110 million loan
for T&T to prevent and control risk factors of chronic
diseases among adults, and primary and secondary
school students, a release from the IDB said.
The programme will strengthen the delivery of
integrated primary care services; implement behaviour
change programmes and policies; improve health
information management practices; and ensure ade-
quate human resources for health.
The project will contribute to reducing by ten per
cent, the mortality rate caused by common chronic
non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart
disease, hypertension, cerebrovascular diseases, dia-
betes, cancer, and chronic respiratory illness, which
currently account for 60 per cent of all deaths in
T&T. Overall, chronic diseases account for 78 per
cent of all deaths in the country, the release said.
The programme will also reduce by five per cent,
the prevalence of obesity among primary school chil-
dren, the IDB said. A study conducted in 2009-2010
found that 23 per cent of primary school children
and 25 per cent of secondary school children in T&T
were overweight or obese. This finding represents
an approximate 300 per cent increase over the number
of children who were found to be overweight or obese
A school-based child and adolescent obesity pre-
vention programme, Healthy Schools TT, will use a
combination of physical activity and nutrition ini-
tiatives, together with family support, to enable chil-
dren to eat healthier foods and to be more active.
Upon a successful completion of a pilot programme,
the Healthy Schools TT initiative will be implemented
nationwide, reaching approximately 260,000 children
and adolescents in pre-primary, primary, and sec-
ondary schools. The programme will also finance
"green" durable outdoor gyms, health education
materials, and research teams.
This health initiative for T&T is also poised to
design and implement a nationwide Electronic Health
Information Management System (e-HIMS) to gen-
erate real-time, quality data for decision-making on
clinical matters, patient management and continuity
of care, and resource allocation. A standardised elec-
tronic health record will be the foundation module
of the e-HIMS, which will connect the Regional
Health Authority and the Ministry of Health into a
The IDB said T&T is also suffering from a shortage
of primary care physicians and nurses. A recent
assessment showed a 55 per cent vacancy rate among
physicians and a 34 per cent vacancy rate among
nurses. To address this need, the IDB project will
implement a recruitment and retention strategy to
ensure adequate human resources for health.
The US$110 million IDB loan is payable in 25 years,
with a 5.5-year grace period, an interest rate based
on LIBOR. The executing agency is the Ministry of
Health of Trinidad and Tobago.
The project will contribute to reducing by ten
per cent, the mortality rate caused by
common chronic non-communicable diseases
(NCDs) such as heart disease, hypertension,
cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer,
and chronic respiratory illness, which
currently account for 60 per cent of all
deaths in T&T. Overall, chronic diseases
account for 78 per cent of all deaths in the
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