Continuing to conquer: Christian-based Junkanoo group celebrates 15th anniversary
There was nowhere else but church for Apostle Henry Higgins’ Christian-based Junkanoo group Conquerors for Christ to jumpstart their 15th year celebrations under the theme “Going to New Dimensions”.
Bishop Kirkwood Murphy of Temple Fellowship Ministries encouraged the group members to keep on keeping on, and that there were more with them than against them, during the service held at Creative Christian Arts Ministries International Kingdom Training Center on Nassau Street, during which group founding members – Higgins as well as Laytonia Cox, Alice Cox, Benjamin Woodside and Tony Bodie – were recognized.
Higgins shared with the group how he was called by God to start Conquerors for Christ in 2004 with barely 70 members, to encourage the creativity of young people and make them feel that they have a place in the annual parade. He said when they rush on Bay Street that they are more than just a Junkanoo group, but they use the opportunity to evangelize by handing out Christian literature to people along the way.
And he said the most exciting thing for him was that Conquerors for Christ was one of two groups in the B category who had never missed a parade and never been disqualified. He also noted that the group has progressed over the years and made history as being the first group to win the Step Down Costume category in the B Divison when it was first introduced in 2017, and has won three of the four last Step Down championships with members Michael Plakaris and Lindsay Humes dominating. The group has also dominated the off-the-shoulder category, winning five straight in that category with Junkanoo and cultural icon Arlene Nash Ferguson leading the way.
Although he said their accomplishments are great, Higgins said the greatest accomplishment will always be their ability to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through Junkanoo.
The group will continue its anniversary celebrations with the Conquerors Back to School Rollover on Saturday, August 17, at Rock Crusher Park where they will dole out school supplies to children in the community, and where students who produce their report cards with the highest grade point averages will receive special awards. The celebrations will conclude on Saturday, October 12, with the Conquerors Day Praise Festival during which choirs, dance groups and praise teams will minister, at a location to be determined.
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