The Emmanuel Apostolic Holiness Church #3, also fondly known as The City of Life Community Mission, began as a result of the vision of Pastor Norma V. Smith, of Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Church.  After several decades of living abroad, in Spring 2011, Pastor Smith returned to Kentucky District, her hometown, which is located in the parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica.  Observing that there was no apostolic church located there in the rural hills of Kentucky District, she began to walk the roads witnessing and ministering to her neighbors and the Kentucky community at large and many accepted the apostolic doctrine.  They eagerly began to have bible study and prayer meetings in one of the resident’s home and soon outgrew the veranda on which they were keeping services.  Shortly thereafter, Pastor Smith was led by the Lord to start a work there.  Support poured in and the construction of a sanctuary, classroom and parsonage was completed by April, 2012.

Pastor Smith was unable to leave the church that she currently pastors in Chattanooga, Tennessee to see the work through in Jamaica.  She diligently yet futilely sought help for the mission among many Jamaican ministers who could possibly undergird the new church locally in Jamaica in her absence.  After much prayer and fasting, the mantle fell on Eld. Paul E. Warfield, Jr. and his wife Lisa, of Nashville, Tennessee, who put their careers on hold for ministry and resigned from their jobs to relocate to the remote hills of Kentucky, Westmoreland to pastor the work there.  Since their reposition in October, 2012, dozens of persons have been led to the Lord and subsequently filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus’ name!

The work must continue as the congregation grows and more souls are edified by the Lord as Pastor Warfield and his wife lead the Kentucky Community Mission reaching out to the lost.  There are a number of residents in Kentucky District and outer lying, adjacent communities, who are still “unchurched.”  The saints of Emmanuel implement regular outreach events and have successfully expanded their reach far beyond Kentucky District to larger communities that are not in walking distance from the church.  Each time saints, missionaries, pastors and laypersons from America and beyond visit the Mission, they thoroughly enjoy the outreach, door-knocking and tract ministry, as it gives them a first-hand experience of foreign missions fieldwork!  Persons visiting from abroad also enjoy seeing personally how their monthly donations are put to work for the Lord in the form of Emmanuel’s expanding bus ministry, food and clothing drives, materials for reading classes, construction materials and various other expenses an undertaking of this sort generates.

If you have a burden for souls and a heart for outreach, you are cordially invited to visit the Jamaica Mission so that you can have your own testimony recalling your personal experience of a splendid missions trip to a third world country in need of your help in a very remote, rural corner of the island.  Your contribution to the ministry will be embraced and absorbed into the very fabric of the church forever!  If you are interested in supporting this ministry with hands on experience or would like more information, please contact me in a message or at the contact information listed below.

The ministry here is very grateful for donations of any amount as we gear up for the construction of a proper sanctuary and much needed classrooms on the four acres of land which was made available to the church for expansion. We hope to see you here next year if the Lord tarries! We look forward to fellowshipping with you. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information at 423-421-1588 or P.O. Box 21982, Chattanooga, TN 37424.

The Jamaica Campus

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