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Edghill denies his church was built with ‘filthy lucre’

Edghill denies his church was built with ‘filthy lucre’

Dear Editor “But I tell you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 I PRAY for Mr Hamilton Green and his family that his remaining years on earth will be peaceful and that he would find the path that will lead to everlasting life.

Soraya Fatima Iglesias

It is with great pain that I write this letter to respond to gross inaccuracies and misrepresentations by Mr Hamilton Green, in a section of the media. Out of respect for his age and my life-long upbringing of respect for elders, I will not undress him publicly, but will merely state facts

Fact 1 – I was consecrated Guyana’s first Pentecostal Bishop on the 8th February 1995 at a public ceremony held at the Square of the Revolution. The ceremony saw an assembly of more than 20,000 Guyanese and Mr Green, himself was present. It was not done overseas, as Mr Greene claims and I did not return to Guyana and announce my consecration

Fact 2 – I did not attend the U.S. Ambassador Mr. Brent Hardt’s, home, when then Minister of Education, acting as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Priya Manikchand, delivered her speech, which he describes as vulgar and outrageous. I believe that Mr Greene is battling with memory loss

Fact 3 – At an International Inter-religious Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) meeting, held at the Georgetown Club where Mr Green was a keynote speaker, he used the occasion, in the presence of dozens of religious leaders, to politically attack the then President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, about his unregistered marriage. He sought to engage me and I declined, relating to him that should I speak, I would not speak selectively. He was obviously annoyed and continues to repeat and misrepresent what had transpired. As I mentioned earlier, I believe the elderly gentleman is suffering from memory loss

Fact 4 – The church building in D’Urban Street, known as Winner’s Cathedral, where I am the presiding prelate was built during the years of 2001 to 2005, funded and supported by the members and friends of the congregation. Mr Green was an invited guest and in his capacity as then Mayor of Georgetown, he delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. As a resident of Lodge, Mr Green is aware of the hard work and sacrifices of the congregants in ensuring that this structure was erected

Thank you, Mr Green, for admiring, even though awkwardly now, my leadership. Just as a reminder, leadership is not only about doing extraordinary things, but it is also mostly encouraging ordinary people to do extraordinary things. That was done in Lodge, Georgetown. I reject any insinuation that the financing of this building was done “…compliments of a friend, who will be returning to Guyana under escort shortly.”

Fact 5 – For the benefit of Mr. Green, et al, I still do preach and will continue to do so. In closing, as a bishop, I am duty bound to be a priest, whereby I speak to God on behalf of the people in prayer; a prophet, whereby I speak to the people the word of God and a king, where I rule with righteous judgement and in doing so, I deal with principles and not personalities. Jesus washed feet, not faces

So, this is Juan Edghill and he will continue to let his light shine. Regards His Grace, the Right Reverend Juan A. Edghill, D; D