Here’s the video I made for our trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Thank you to Cletis and Tammy Titus for inviting us and thank you to our church, Vienna Baptist Church, for sending us.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Today was another great day in Jamaica!
Of course we began with some breakfast which, for me, consisted of a Jamaican apple and some sugar cane and some roasted bread fruit that Tammy made; and of course coffee:
We began the day with plans to go to an orphanage but we found out that that trip needed to be postponed until tomorrow. So, we decided to head up to McField early, where the Bible College is, and have lunch at “Border Jerk.” This is a place where they make jerk chicken and pork. It was awesome! Here’s a couple of photos of the place and what we ate:
This is how the food was cooked:
Here’s the best part, the pork I had for lunch:
We also had some unexpected fun today. After we left for the college, Cletis received a call from a couple of Jamaican friends who were at the deaf school who came to see them. So, we turned the van around and went back. We then met two guys named Andre and Michael. Cletis and Tammy invited them to come to the college with us, so we all piled into the van and headed toward McField for some jerk chicken and pork then to go to the college.
On the way to the college, one of the guys began to sing, and the next thing you know, Michael, Tammy, Andre and I are singing as a quartet. Then it was suggested that we sing at the school so after a little practice we went and sang a couple of songs for the students. That was so much fun!
Here’s a pic of us all in the classroom singing:
The day ended with supper with the Titus’ and Daniels consisting of “yardy wraps,” another authentic Jamaican food, which of course were awesome like most everything else I’ve eaten down here.
I wrote yesterday that I would show you Bogue village today. Bogue is the village where Bay Life Baptist is and it’s also the community that they’re trying to reach here in Montego Bay. It just so happens that we have great view of Bogue village from CCCD where we’re staying. It’s pretty cool to see it this way. Of course, when I look at the village from this vantage point I can’t help but think of Psalm 2:8, “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.” So many times that verse has been used to speak of missions, so my prayer for Bay Life Baptist is, please Lord, give them Bogue village for the sake of the Gospel that they may be saved. Will you pray for Bogue village with me?
Here’s a day and night picture from my vantage point:
Another great day in Jamaica today. We began the day with some rest and relaxation at the beach. It’s the first time we’ve been to the beach on this trip. (We will probably get to go again for a while on Friday.) Needless to say, it was absolutely beautiful and incredibly relaxing to just float in the warm Caribbean water. Here’s a picture from this morning’s view:
After this morning we had a Jamaican lunch called “Juicy Beef” which is kind of like a hot pocket but you eat it wrapped in a piece coco bread. I’d put a picture of it here but I ate all the evidence before a picture could be taken. Wow, was it good!
Back to the Bible College after lunch with Cletis and we had a great time today teaching more pastoral theology to the students. Yesterday I introduced you to them by name; today I talked them into a group shot:
These guys really interacted well today and asked a lot of questions; I love that! Cletis and I also really enjoyed “tag team teaching” the class today. It was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to get back there tomorrow.
I want to share a little more today about the village we’re staying in. If you didn’t see the pictures I ended yesterday’s post with, scroll down and check them out. This village is called Granville and it is a very poor area. Because of the poverty there is a lot of crime, and though we haven’t witnessed any violence, it’s not safe for us to walk through the neighborhood. As a matter of fact, in one of the pictures I posted yesterday there is a man in red near our van. When he saw me take the picture he immediately yelled out that he wanted money for it.
We are staying in Granville and the Caribbean Christian School for the Deaf. This is basically a little gated compound that has a night watchman and tall walls around the entire school campus that have glass on the top to keep people from climbing over.
Don’t worry though, we’re completely safe!
Laura and I have had the opportunity to meet a sweet family that I want to introduce to you. This is the Daniel’s family. Jeff, Jodi and kids are here in Jamaica as missionaries and they oversee the Caribbean Christian School for the Deaf where we are staying. We’ve been privileged to get to know them some this week and will spending more time with them as the week goes on. I can tell you, that living in Jamaica is not like coming to visit. I’m sure that there are times that it’s very difficult for this family who just want God to use their lives for His glory. So, I’m asking for you to join me in praying for them. Will you?
Tomorrow I’m going to show you more of Bogue village where Bay Life Baptist Church is and the community they’re trying to reach for Christ.
By the way, our day concluded with Chinese food with Cletis and Tammy. That’s the last thing I thought I would eat in Jamaica but it was very good…..mon.
We’ve had another great day in Jamaica. Since we don’t have to be at the Bible college until 2pm, we have some time in the mornings to do other things. So, Cletis and Tammy took us down to “the strip.” This is the first time we’ve been to a touristy area since we arrived.
We went to a shop and were introduced to Auntie Dolley who is a sweet old lady who owns the shop. Since we know Cletis and Tammy we were instant friends.
We were also introduce to Lana who was a sweetheart too. You can tell by her beautiful Jamaican smile that I caught at the entrance of Auntie Dolley’s shop.
After lunch, Cletis and I headed out to Fairview Bible college to teach a week long module class on Pastoral theology. I took a bunch of video of our ride out and of the college that I’ll show later this week. I’ll also put some pictures on the blog of the college campus later this week.
In our class are five young Jamaican men receiving their education to become pastors here in Jamaica; O’Brian (that’s his first name), Carlington, Dane, Andre and Charles. (I’ll see if they’ll let me get a group shot with them one day this week.)
It was a great time in class as they were attentive and asked a lot of questions. I love that!
Here’s what the classroom looked like:
Can’t wait to get back tomorrow afternoon!
Tomorrow morning will begin with our first trip to see a beach here in Jamaica. Laura and I are both excited about this! Don’t worry, we’ll lather up with some SPF 50 before we go out. Otherwise we’ll end up looking like we landed on the surface of the sun!
I want to finish today’s update with just some pictures of what life really looks like here in Jamaica. The commercials on American tv just show the resorts, but that’s not what Jamaica really is. This is a place of high unemployment and difficult living for many people. I’m so glad that Cletis and Tammy along with other’s, both American and Jamaican, are giving their lives to give the hope of Christ to the people of Jamaica. These people are more than just faces…..