Jamaica – Day 7 and 8

We’ve had a wonderful weekend in Mo-Bay. Yesterday we went into Bogue village with Pastor Andrew to tell people about Bay-Life Baptist. It was nice to spend time with him and we had several good contacts as well. One of them was a man who had a friend who is trying to sell a piece of land in Bogue. Who knows, maybe that contact will work out well for the church. They are praying about buying land and building a building.

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Today was another great day at Bay-Life. I enjoyed so much preaching this morning. We also met some new friends to add to those we’ve already met. There’s a team here from Michigan to help on the CCCD campus this week. Tonight was AWANA at Bay-Life and I was asked to speak to the kids. The best part was at the end of the evening when I had got to lead a little Jamaican boy named Jared to Christ. That was worth the entire trip!

Here’s a pic of the AWANA kids at game time:

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There’s all kinds of things I could tell you about this weekend; visitation, worship and lunch at Dr. Brown’s house again. I can also tell you that what is happening to our hearts in Jamaica. We’ve met so many that I’ve already told you about: Andre and Michael, the Daniel family, the Otto family, chef, Mr. Shim and Beverly, Dr. Brown and many others whose names I can’t remember. Tammy told us that once we came here, Jamaica will always have a part of our hearts, Laura and I are finding out how true that is.

I’ve mentioned Pastor Andrew and Tanesha. Here’s a picture of them with us:

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Please pray for Andrew and Tanesha. There are doing such a great job here with Bay-Life Baptist church. The church is growing which means they are under the same spiritual attack as the rest of us who labor for the Gospel. Laura and I are committed to pray for them, will you join us?

Tomorrow is our last full day here in Jamaica. The trip has gone by so fast and we’re going to be sad to go. But, we have a beautiful 15 year old daughter at home we miss terribly (I think she may miss us a little) and we are ready to see her.

Jamaica – Day 1

We couldn’t have asked for a better first day here in Jamaica!

First was great time of worship at Bay Life Baptist Church. What an awesome time it was. I really enjoyed watching the worship leaders just serve and the Lord was definitely in this place. Here’s a picture of the “auditorium” where they worship. It’s an upstairs room in a building that has a meat market and some other business on the first floor:

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Within 30 minutes of the beginning of the service, this place was full to capacity. (Punctuality is not extremely high on the priority list in Jamaica.)

At the end of the worship service a young woman came forward to express that she had accepted Christ as Savior! How awesome is that?!

After church we were invited over to Dr. Brown’s house for a big, church-wide lunch. This was in honor of Cletis and Tammy Titus who founded Bay Life Baptist. It was an awesome time!

The food at this party was very Jamaican and pretty much amazing! I had, for the first time ever, goat stomach soup. I don’t want to sound like Andrew Zimmern here but it was really good. And yes, it had goat stomach, intestine and brains in it. (This was the appetizer.) It was a little to spicy for Laura so she didn’t eat hers. I’m sure that was the only reason she didn’t eat it…

After that, the main meal was served buffet style. It consisted of jerk chicken, curry goat and some really, really good pork. Here’s a pic of my plate:

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As good as it was, the best part of this lunch was not the food. As the church honored Cletis and Tammy, they sang all kinds of songs as one of the men played an upright piano in the living room and man did they sing from the heart! It was so fun to sing along and then hear them just spontaneously break into another song. They truly love to worship! They honored Cletis and Tammy with testimony and a gift then served us all cake and ice cream.

It was great to see the Titus’ loved on in such a way. They’ve truly made a difference here.

Did I mention today was a great day?!

Well, tomorrow brings day two and Cletis and I will be heading out to the Bible college. We will both be lecturing in the Pastor Theology class. I’m really looking forward to this!

More to come tomorrow night as I’m sure I’ll have more pictures and stories of our time here in Jamaica.