Rev. Kelli D. Jolly is expected to deliver the word of God on Sunday, March 10 as HASB (HIV/AIDS Survivor’s Benefit) honours women and girls this weekend, in observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
HASB Founder, Kevin Thompson-Delancy; president Tina Roberts and the committee encourages the Grand Bahama community to join them for the service of Thanksgiving, which is scheduled for St. David’s Methodist Church, Sea Grape beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Rev. Jolly, who is an ordained itinerant presbyter to the Methodist Church Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA). She was assigned to and served in the Jamaica District of churches for three years, before returning home, to The Bahamas, where she currently serves in the Nassau Circuit of churches.
Rev. Jolly obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and after answering the call to ministry, went on to earn a Diploma in Ministry and Masters of Divinity Degree, at which time she received training as an HIV and AIDS counselor.
Rev. Jolly is an advocate for social justice, equality and women’s issues, holding fast to a belief in the love of God for all creation and a need for the church to play an active role in freeing all of God’s people from all forms of oppression.
She believes that these are the bedrock of a healthy nation and the charge of the prophet Micah from God, to God’s people in Micah 6:8 “…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Her one desire in life is to please God by remaining obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and by guarding her heart to preserve care and love for all people.
The day will continue with a luncheon at Manta Ray Beach Club, set for 1:00 p.m.
“This is a time where HASB will focus on women and girls,” said Thompson-Delancy. “Not only do we want to honour, but we want to stress the message of eradication as the theme for this year’s awareness day states … ‘Operation: HIV Eradication.’
“So, along with the president, I not only endorse this weekend’s activities which begin with the summit on Friday, March 8 at Pelican Bay Resort, but I urge women and young ladies throughout the community to come out and support the events, be educated, be informed,” said Thompson-Delancy.