September 07, 2016 marked one year since the national election of Trinidad and Tobago took place. Baptiste- Primus, the Ministry and staff at the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development.
Since then, challenging, quietly busy and productive sum up the last year for the Hon. The Ministry hosted a Future of Work Forum which explored the major processes of change occurring in the world of work.
As a result, I have found that most churches simply did not know much about us nor how to reach us.
After several years of serving on various single’s ministry leadership teams as well as starting my own, God called me to help others do the same.
It was time for the devotional, which included a gospel presentation—but it was a gospel presentation that made me want to stand up and scream. "You won't lose your friends or be unpopular at school. Your life will be the same, just better." Maybe his words would have slipped by me if they hadn't been such blatant reversals of Jesus' own warnings about the offensiveness of his message or the inevitable hardships of following him. Often ministries, especially youth ministries, are heavy on fun and light on faith.
It's fired up entertainment and watered down gospel.
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A few years ago I volunteered at an event put on by a national youth ministry. We bobbed for apples, captured flags, and raced eggs across the floor using only our noses.
Instead of stressing confirmation of faith—youth ministry's original raison d'être—the focus shifted to attracting more and more kids to the ministry (which inevitably involved entertaining them).
Key stakeholders exchanged opinions on the challenges, opportunities and recommendations on the future of work in Trinidad and Tobago. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, Trinidad and Tobago national and space scientist, rocket engineer and internationally acclaimed speaker, writer and educational leader delivered the feature presentation at this event.
- A comprehensive platform on which the Ministry may wish to engage with its stakeholders - Increased alignment between programme offerings of national tertiary level institutions and the Manpower needs of the country - An understanding of private and public sector employment needs in the context of current and planned industrial development - Clarity on the demand for academic and technical/vocational training and, in which geographic and programme/skills areas Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, His Excellency Jesús Alberto López González pays a courtesy visit to Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus. Baptiste-Primus and Ministry Executives met with Officials from the International Labour Organization (ILO) to discuss the hosting of a Future of Work Forum by the Labour Ministry.
The games culminated with a frigid indignity: I lay on my back and let three giggling teenagers make an ice cream sundae on my face. Who cares about something that involves no adventure, no sacrifice, and no risk?
As I toweled chocolate syrup from my chin, a leader ordered the teens into a semicircle. Others whispered to each other or stared at the floor. Unfortunately what I witnessed that night is hardly unique.
Figure out if you want the focus to be meeting spiritual needs, emotional needs, or social needs and make that the emphasis.