Saturday was a busy day for the team and guests. If you have attended a weekend like The Way, Great Banquet, Walk to Emmaus etc., you know that Saturday is such a special day. While the men were worshipping in the pavilion, it rained and rained. See the huge rain drops? It was great symbolism of how God can wash us as 1John 1:7 says, “but we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Later in the day, as supper was being prepared, the power went out. Jamaicans, who had attended previous weekends had come to help serve. Here are a few of the ladies – you can see that their smiles brightened up the room. The electricity did return later in the evening.
Sunday morning we took a picture of some of those helping behind the scenes for the residential weekend. The love and kitchen team – Pearline, Devon, Janet, Eli, Emy, Jean, Pinto and Karen. Paul, Brad and Oney are not pictured,
It’s hard saying good bye to new friends. Pictures help us save the great memories. Jeff and Kurt pose with their tables for a picture.
Orlando, Steve and O’Dane pose for a picture. They were all part of the team. Steve was the Lay Director for the weekend. It was an amazing three days with some professing Jesus as their Lord and Savior for the first time. There were others that rededicated their lives.
After the guests and Jamaican team left, a few of the students that are sponsored by those on the American team, stopped by for a visit. In Jamaica there are very few jobs. It is difficult for families to make enough money for even school. School expenses include shoes, books, lunch and taxi fare back and forth to school as there are no school buses. Here are Janet and Bill, with two of their students, Alexis and Alexia. Also pictured is Randall, their dad. It is wonderful to have these long term friendships.
Sunday night we drove to Dover, to attend Maurice Brown’s church. Maurice has been on previous teams for the weekends. It was fun to go and see where he preaches. The congregation bought a house that they are turning into a church. They patiently wait on funds, doing a little at a time. Meanwhile, they meet in a primary school just across the road. Both, Romon and Jeff shared the Word, as guest preachers for the Sunday night service.
Monday was an early day for all of us. We ate breakfast at 6 am. We sat for one last time in the dining room, enjoying Pinto’s homemade donuts!
Steve shared one last devotional, before we headed to Montego Bay at 6:30 am. We allow three hours to get to the airport and we have to be there three hours before our flight, which was at 12:25pm. Mike and Bill drove the vans. Brad rode along with us, as Mike and he will drive the vans back to Highgate. Our flight in Jamaica was delayed due to weather, so when we arrived in Orlando, we had to rush to our next gate. It takes a bit of time to get through customs, back through security again and then to a different gate. Kurt, who was flying to Baltimore, missed his flight, so will stay overnight in Orlando. The rest of us arrived back at the church about 11:30pm. It was a great two weeks in Jamaica. We are thankful to have seen God change lives. What a blessing to be a part of His Work.