On Sunday last, 8th September 2013, a church service was held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (Diocese Taiwan) as a part of the planned activities for the Independence milestone of St Kitts and Nevis.
In attendance were H.E Ambassador Jasmine Huggins, a number of St Kitts and Nevis’ students in Taiwan, representatives of other countries with diplomatic ties to Republic of China, specially invited guests, students from other Caricom and OECS countries, friends, well-wishers and church members.
The sermon was presented by Monsignor Paul F. Russell, Charge d’Affaires a.i The Holy See, who mentioned that he had the privilege of staying in St Kitts-Nevis not very long ago. He invoked God’s continued blessings on the people and country of St Kitts and Nevis.
Two students, Ms. Cassandra Ward and Mr. Jelanie Lawrence ably read the scripture lessons for the day.
The gathering was treated to two Independence messages. The first was by H.E Ambassador Jasmine E. Huggins who spoke briefly on the history of St Kitts-Nevis highlighting the progress of the country. She cited that even though the federation has seen its good times so too times of trials and tribulations were encountered but with the people’s diligence and help from others they were overcome.
She also joined with Russell in wishing the Lord’s continued guidance and blessings on St Kitts and Nevis.
Republic of China’s (Taiwan) Deputy Foreign Minister; H. E Simon S. Y. Ko was the other featured speaker. He spoke briefly on the relations between St Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan. Ko, made mention of the fact that not only will this be St Kitts-Nevis’ 30 years of Independence but 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations. He took time out to wish St Kitts and Nevis ‘Happy Independence’ and hope for continued partnership.
In his speech he also spoke of the warmth and hospitableness that were bestowed unto the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) President; Ma Ying-jeou, by the people of the twin-island nation when he made an official visit last August.
The words of the national anthem of the federation of St Kitts and Nevis were loudly and patriotically sounded inside of the church as everyone sang to the melodious tune paying homage to a land still so young but bountiful.
An Independence anniversary get together is being planned for later this month.
Presently there are approximately twenty nationals undertaking studies at various universities in Taiwan, with twelve just arriving last month, August.