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http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2010/05/12/praise-city-celebrate-indian-heritage

Praise City International has declared May East Indian Heritage Month and is hosting a major cultural event, titled Footprints of India, on May 22 on its compound, Caroni Savannah Road, Chaguanas.

The programme is a celebration of East Indian contribution to spirituality, culture and the nation of T&T. This event was planned since the beginning of the year. President and chief executive officer of Praise City International, Bishop Dave Alleyne, who recently returned from a two-week trip to India, said it would be significant for people of all sectors to attend.

Michael Salickram has been advising on the cultural content of the programme which would feature a Nagar, with various booths displaying East Indian food, artifacts and music. Artistes will include Shiv Shakti Dancers, Cultural Boys Tassa Group, The Kuchoorsingh Family, Beresford Baboolal, Zahir (The Prodigy) Mohammed, Hayden (The Levite) Charles, Debra Joy and others.

Interested people can contact Debra Joy at 671-9673. Alleyne, after visiting China last year, said he felt the need to visit India, which he described as “the house of spirituality.” He said: “India is the home of part of my ancestry. My great grand parents, both maternal and paternal, came from India. “I felt inspired to rest my feet on the soil and to pray for the nation. I heard the inner words that India will be blessed in 2010 in a special way.”

 

 

 http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2010/03/04/bishop-nothing-wrong-private-spiritual-adviser

Bishop Dave Alleyne says every political leader should have the right to have a spiritual adviser. He was speaking about the construction of the controversial church being constructed on state lands in the Heights of Guanapo and the relationship between the Prime Minster and his spiritual adviser. Alleyne said: “Every leader has the right to have a spiritual adviser in some form or the other, once the taxpayers don’t have to pay for anything and it remains a private matter. “It is also a good thing to be assured that our leaders take into consideration the spiritual well-being of the nation. I endorse that.” However, Alleyne, who heads the Flaming Word Ministry on Caroni Savannah Road, Charlieville, said if that adviser interfered in political issues then he or she should seek to become a political adviser and not a spiritual one.

He pointed out while religious bodies received grants for land, it was important for them to manage their financial affairs internally.
His church, which was established in 1980, has been self-sufficient ever since, he said. He added other bodies should try to do the same instead of seeking assistance from Government. He made it clear though, that if Government chose to provide grants for lands, it should benefit the national community since religious bodies assisted with the spiritual development of the nation. “Care must taken to ensure that these religious organisations are impacting positively in the nation and not just on their own beliefs, but that their plans and projects influence the development of the nation and people from the larger society,” Alleyne said.

He urged other religious groups to avoid taking political sides which would make them into political bodies. “My advice is that they should stay clear of that and stick to the moral and spiritual issues,” he said. He added born-again Christians have not been treated with the respect they deserved. He said: “We make a positive contribution to the well-being of a nation and a large percentage are evangelical and should be given equal say in the affairs of the nation because we are also members and citizens.”

http://guardian.co.tt/features/life/2009/10/09/pastor-urges-citizens-focus-vision

 

President and pastor of Flaming Word Ministry Bishop Dave Alleyne has called on citizens to focus on the words of the national anthem. He said within the words lay a vision for the future of T&T. “When Pat Castagne penned the words of our sacred song he was inspired by God to present the blue-print of the Trinbago society, that every national was forged from the love of liberty in the fires of hope and prayer.” Alleyne made the comment during the ministry’s Day of Atonement ceremony, celebrated at the church in Chaguanas. The theme of this year’s annual event was In The Fires of Hope and Prayer.

Alleyne said, “We wandered from the path and our leaders have allowed the ‘fires’ that is to be eternal to go out. We must rekindle the fires of hope and prayer in every strata of society.” The ministry also used the opportunity to pray for the nation and to pronounce blessings upon the elements of life. Hundreds participated in the celebrations, which was co-ordinated by the ministry’s special event co-ordinator Danielle Gale. The day’s event included the earth dance performed by the FWM Glory Dancers, prayer for children, marriages, the earth, air, water and fire. Alleyne also announced that the ministry was observing this month as Cancer Awareness month.

President and pastor of Flaming Word Ministry Bishop Dave Alleyne has called on citizens to focus on the words of the national anthem. He said within the words lay a vision for the future of T&T. “When Pat Castagne penned the words of our sacred song he was inspired by God to present the blue-print of the Trinbago society, that every national was forged from the love of liberty in the fires of hope and prayer.” Alleyne made the comment during the ministry’s Day of Atonement ceremony, celebrated at the church in Chaguanas. The theme of this year’s annual event was In The Fires of Hope and Prayer.

Alleyne said, “We wandered from the path and our leaders have allowed the ‘fires’ that is to be eternal to go out. We must rekindle the fires of hope and prayer in every strata of society.” The ministry also used the opportunity to pray for the nation and to pronounce blessings upon the elements of life. Hundreds participated in the celebrations, which was co-ordinated by the ministry’s special event co-ordinator Danielle Gale. The day’s event included the earth dance performed by the FWM Glory Dancers, prayer for children, marriages, the earth, air, water and fire. Alleyne also announced that the ministry was observing this month as Cancer Awareness month.

http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2009/09/04/free-thinking-key-success

Think China! That is the term president of the Flaming Word Ministry Bishop Dave Alleyne used to inspire students attending the Human Potential Development Institute which has embarked on a six-month transformational leadership programme.

The course is part of the pre-qualifications for members desirous of pursuing the Senior Award Programme. The programme focuses on executive thinking and development, a release from Flaming Word said. The institute has teamed up with Advance Human Associates, a City & Guild provider, to bring professional training to the members of the Flaming Word Ministry and the community at large.

Alleyne, who recently returned from a business trip in China, said the secret key of management /leadership which kept eluding everyone for centuries was executive thinking. He said the lack of executive thinking in any organisation created immeasurable losses in sales and profits and even more in wasted time. Alleyne urged young people to access their thinking and dreaming skills. He said, “Your thinking has to be free, uncluttered and unrestricted.”

http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2009/08/07/flaming-word-helps-citizens-manage

How to survive and prosper in times of global meltdown was the theme of a breakfast meeting held by Flaming Word Ministry as part of its ongoing programme to help citizens manage in a recessed economy.

The feature speaker was Lawrence Cole, managing director of Alpha Savings and Trust, who took participants through a detailed and informed session of the various types of investments institutions available to them.

He said the average citizen relied on banks when there were other options available like credit unions, stocks and bonds among others. Bishop Dave Alleyne, president of Flaming Word Ministry in his opening remarks, said that though this time looked depressing it was also a time of great opportunities.

Alleyne urged guests to combine faith with knowledge, a “combination that would see us through to an even greater outcome.” Participants included professionals and non-professionals.

http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2009/05/08/singer-dedicates-new-cd-flaming-word

Irvin Holder, a T&T national living in the United States, is in the process of launching a new CD titled Irvin’s Flaming Word Experience.

He recently performed with the Flaming Word Ministry’s choir in Chaguanas. A news release said Holder, who began his singing career at the ministry, launched It’s a New Day CD in 2001. The release said Holder would dedicate his new album to Bishop Dave Alleyne, president of Flaming Word Ministry.