Two Seventh-day Adventists in Jamaica were conferred and awarded with national honors during a ceremony held on the lawn of Kings House on National Heroes Day on October 20.
Audrey Sewell, an elder at the North Street Adventist Church in Kingston, was conferred with the nation’s sixth highest honor, the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander, for her outstanding contribution to public service in the areas of justice, education, transport, works and housing. She serves Jamaica as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.
Alfonso Marshall, an elder at the Trench Town Adventist Church, was awarded the Badge of Honor for Meritorious Service for his service in the field of road maintenance and construction.
He works for the National Works Agency, the government’s road construction agency.
Adventist President in Jamaica Pastor Everett Brown commended both recipients on their achievements.
"I am always very happy when members of our church excel in service to our nation,” Brown said. “Audrey Sewell and Alfonso Marshall are members who have for years served our church and the communities in which our church operates, with distinction. It is only fitting that their Christian values through their work with the government has impacted the nation. I commend and congratulate them on behalf of the membership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica.”