Woman and flock skip Sunday service
Anna Ramdass email@example.com
Monday, March 1st 2010
Juliana Pena is a powerful woman of God. She is gifted and has touched the lives of many, including Prime Minister Patrick Manning. Now, however, she must come forward and preach, not just the gospel of Jesus Christ, but what connection she has to a church being constructed by Shanghai Construction Limited in the Heights of Guanapo under a cloud of mystery.
This according to a man who described himself as one of Pena’s ’fellow gospel Ministers, friend and relative’ yesterday.
The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said if Pena or Manning erred with respect to this controversy, they would have to answer to God.
Every Sunday for over a year, Pena has conducted sermons at the Arima Girls’ Government Primary school, where she also offered spiritual guidance.
The Express visited the school yesterday in the hope of meeting Pena, but the only crowd present was a pool of media who all waited in vain. Some speculated that the media frenzy over the church may have led to the non-appearance of both Pena and her flock.
Pena did not turn up, nor did any of her followers. The gates of the school remained locked and the only sound of worship came from a Catholic church located opposite and the chants of ’Hallelujah’ from a building nearby from another faith.
However, just after 11 a.m., a man dressed in long sleeve shirt and pants walked up to the gate of the school and enquired whether there was any service.
The Express spoke to the man, who, while preferring to remain anonymous, said he attended Pena’s sermons regularly and offered testimony of her divine gift.
Asked if it was true that Pena had special powers, he said, ’Nobody walks the earth with special powers, people are gifted and she is really gifted. She has a tremendous prophetic anointing and when I say prophetic, she speaks things that is presently taking place in your life, things that the Lord is about to do in your life.’
He added, ’Yes, I believe she is a vessel anointed by God. If we look unto her, the individual, the Bible says look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith and if we look unto her, if she does err in any way, then we would want to blame her.’
Asked about the Lighthouse of the Lord Jesus Christ, the church in the Heights of Guanapo, Arima, which has attracted nationwide attention since the start of its construction on State land by Chinese firm Shanghai Construction under a cloud of secrecy, the man said, ’The Church of Jesus Christ has always been under attack and the Bible tells us that it happened since its time immemorial ... I think the situation itself doesn’t augur well. However, I think at the end of time God is well able to take care of this situation.
’If the Prime Minister erred in any way he will have to account to God, likewise any of us, if we err in any way we are going to have to account to God.’
Questioned on whether he was aware that a church was being built in Guanapo, he said, ’I cannot say I was aware. I had some information but to say that I sat and went through any details and stuff, that is not true.’
Asked if he would worship there given the air of controversy that now hovers over this holy place, he said, ’I will go anywhere once the gospel of Jesus Christ is being preached. The thing about it, it is going to be a concern in the nation presently, especially with all the Chinese labour coming and taking precedence over the local labour force and that kind of thing. It’s going to happen, I expect that will happen and people will not take lightly to it given the high unemployment rate and so on.’
Asked whether he, as a citizen of this country, was concerned over the church and the many unanswered questions with respect to its construction, he said, ’I definitely have concerns in that area, because I believe if something has to be done, let it be done above God and it must be transparent and I am being fair about that.’
When asked why he thought the project was not transparent, he responded, ’That is a very touchy question ... At the end of the day, let me put it this way, whoever is responsible for not allowing it to be transparent, they will be called into account. I don’t want to point fingers at anyone because there are many questions that are unanswered and I may not have all the answers.
’None of us definitely will have all the answers, what we will have definitely are more questions. But definitely it is a concern and it has brought about national interest. The thing is I would not persecute the church per se, I may persecute the way things are being done.’
He continued, ’But as far as the church is concerned and the advancement of the church, I am definitely for its advancement in any nation, because I always encourage people if you are a Hindu be a good Hindu, if you are a Catholic be a good Catholic, a Muslim, whatever you be, be good and best at it.’
Questioned as to what type of person Pena is, he said, ’She is a very humble person and one who really loves the Lord. She has a love and a care for people too I can say. She is not one who tries to buy anybody out or anything. I mean I am not hand to mouth or anything, so it’s not that I am close to her for anything, I have a personal relationship with the Lord and at the end of the day that is what matters.’