Compassion Ministries


Notes of Restoration: A Special Benefit Concert to Help a Family in Need

Posted: August 10th, 2023

This Saturday the 12th of August, a special event is set to unfold at the Scarborough Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7:00 pm. Titled "Jamaica Cries Out for Help," this extraordinary concert aims to lend a helping hand to a family in dire need. Seventh-day Adventist David McLaughlin, a world-renowned saxophonist, came across the heartrending story of a destitute family in Jamaica. The father was murdered during a robbery, leaving behind his disabled wife and children in a state of utter poverty.

"They have no running water," expressed Mr. McLaughlin, his voice full of compassion. "Their current living situation is hardly more than a shack, where the roof exposes them to the elements and basic necessities like running water are absent. The children are forced to use buckets as their bathroom and empty them daily."

Mr. McLaughlin was moved to act. He said the Bible teaches that we must "Learn to do good; Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow," quoting Isaiah 1:17. He resolved to organize a benefit concert that would not only aid in building a proper home for this vulnerable family but also assist the children in accessing education.

When contemplating the venue for this event, Mr. McLaughlin turned to Pastor O'Connor of the Scarborough Seventh-day Adventist Church. “Pastor O'Connor's dedication to helping the community and innovative ideas for outreach made him a natural choice. "This is an important cause and as a church we are happy to help, no strings attached," affirmed Pastor O'Connor. “Events like this benefit concert allow us to forge meaningful connections with our community in a way that goes beyond traditional evangelistic or worship service. It's an opportunity for our neighbours to see us put Jesus' teachings into action." O’Connor emphasized.

The concert has garnered support from corporate sponsors, and the lineup promises an engaging experience for attendees. Pastor Andrew Thomas from Mt. Olive Adventist Church, along with ministers from other denominations, and esteemed figures like Ben Johnson will attend the event. Notably, Dion Flash is set to deliver a musical performance that's sure to captivate the audience. As an exciting bonus, a giveaway for an all-inclusive stay in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is also on the agenda.

For those who wish to contribute to this noble cause, you can give a donation at the concert or purchase tickets online. Simply visit and search for the concert title "Jamaica Cries Out For Help."