Why We Serve – Beverly Sukie-Martin

I am here to let you know why I serve and it takes me back to growing up in rural Jamaica, in Clarendon where I saw my grandmother share her farming crops with her neighbours.

She would always do that whether it was breadfruit, sugar cane, yams, bananas. She would reap her crop and share it with her neighbours. She would give us bags to take it to Mr So and So for his children and their family.

That stayed with me throughout my lifetime. I grew up feeling that was a normal way of life. I never grew up not wanting to help someone. So for me right now, this is not all about me and my family but about the bigger picture of helping those who are in need. I will continue to do that throughout the rest of my life.

My belief is not just existing for myself and my family but also for those who are in need. This what I do, this is who I am. I cannot see myself seeing someone who has a need and not trying my best to help and meet that need.

I do not have a lot and I am not rich by any means. I did not grow up with a lot of money but seeing my grandmother share her crops as a little girl, that is what I will continue to do because it is the right thing to do.

We are not all here for ourselves. We all have a purpose and we should find it, pursue what that purpose is but we are all called to help our fellow man; each one help one. “No man is an island, no man stands alone.”

That is my desire and my passion and I will continue to do that.

God bless you all.

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