50 years ago: Crusade wraps up, mosquito film screens

In the May 25, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420“The twenty night ‘Hour of Prophecy’ campaign came to an end on Sunday May 22. The final message ‘O! My Conscience!’ dealing with the unpardonable sin was a fitting conclusion to this series of meetings. It can be said without fear of successful contradiction that new religious zeal has been put into the populace of Bodden Town. Never has this generation been so challenged and awakened …

“People of other denominational faiths turned out on many occasions. Those who came to scoff, remained to pray, and it is hoped, went home to serve the Lord in a better way.

“Bodden Town has always been a deeply religious community. Sometimes it borders on the fantastic. As a result it is always difficult for a new church to make an inroad. For many years the Presbyterian Church was the lone custodian of the spiritual needs of the inhabitants. In recent years the Church of God (Holiness) and the Seventh-day Adventist Church have been established here.

“Bodden Town, from Savannah to Breakers, boasts seven churches, one for every eighty individuals. West Bay’s ratio is one to four hundred. Two religious services are held, on the average, every day of the year. If Bodden Town suffers from any spiritual deficiency it is certainly not for the lack of regular doses. Any apostasy must stem from insincerity, hypocrisy, or the abandonment of one’s interest.

“Planned crusades, such as the one just completed will do much to bring the erring ones to the fold …

“Through the courtesy of the Communicable Disease Centre in Atlanta Georgia, Caymanians have been viewing a picture about mosquito research and control. This picture was shown at the Ocean View Theatre on Tuesday night by the kind permission of Mrs. Cynthia Watler.

“The mosquitoes must have been given a special invitation, and who also seemed to know that their days are numbered turned out in exceptionally large and hostile swarms, to the annoyance of the audience. It is regrettable that the audience, comprised mostly of children, was small.

“As the control of mosquitoes is a problem which will require the cooperation of every person on the island it is necessary for the public to be introduced to the modern technology involved in the study of this ancient pest. At a time when so many criticisms are hurled at Government it is commendable that the control of mosquitoes has been approached in a scientific manner …

“One can readily understand why it is necessary to make a start towards the eradication of this insect whose disease carrying capabilities could easily wipe out the entire population, considering the inadequacy of our medical facilities to cope with the spread of communicable diseases.”

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