It’s Friday. We woke to a beautiful day! There is a wonderful breeze blowing through the mission house, as the windows are open. We had breakfast at 7:30 AM.
Food is an important part of Christian fellowship and Pinto, CSI Ministries Jamaican cook, understands this. She prepares meals that nourish us so we can serve God through serving others. For breakfast she made us cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and bacon with fresh watermelon and pineapple. Delicious!!! The team spent the morning sorting through the suitcases we had brought, which contain supplies for the weekend and donations for the Highgate community.
The Jamaican ladies on the team came after lunch. We had a chance to share and get to know each other better. Then the guests began to arrive. Some come in taxis, others in cars and others walk down the road to the mission house. There are 22 guests this weekend. Our prayer is that they will enjoy their time growing in Christ; that they see, hear and feel God in a powerful way this weekend.
We ate supper together; team and guests. The barbecued chicken was so good. Pinto serves it on rice, with cooked cabbage, carrots and peppers on the side. Cupcakes finished off the meal.
Pearline, Pinto and Eli are part of the CSI Ministries staff here and our kitchen team for the weekend. They are such dear people.
Here we are – Paul, Odane, me, Emy and Bill taking a selfie. Paul, is Pinto’s son. He does a wonderful job, going out into the community to invite people. Odane, will be on the men’s team next weekend. Paul and Odane, brought some of the guests from their church to the weekend. Bill and his wife, Janet, have been coming to Jamaica for 10 years to build houses and be on teams for the Christian residential weekends. They met Odane when he was 10 years old, on their first mission trip. It has been such a blessing for them to see him today. He is now 20 and a pastor. Our lives are like a beautiful tapestry – all woven together into such a beautiful picture of God’s handiwork.