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.

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For those who would like to keep up with our missions trip to Jamaica here’s the update from our travel day:

Laura and I made it to Jamaica about 3:40 this afternoon (Feb 23, 2013). Cletis Titus picked us up at the airport and our adventure began. The first awesome thing we encountered was walking out into 85 degree weather. That was awesome since it was 34 degrees when we left Greensboro.

After picking us up and taking us by to meet a Jamaican pastor, Andrew, Cletis took us to get some authentic Jamaican food. I had Jamaican jerk chicken and Laura played it safe with barbecued Chicken. This was the crazy part. Because of exchange rate here in Jamaica, I gave a $20 bill for our food and received $700 in Jamaican currency for my change! Wouldn’t be awesome if that happened in America?!

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We went back to the airport at 8pm and picked Tammy up; so the team is all here! After that we went to the “Mega Mart” and spent over $3,300 Jamaican on 6 bottles of water, some cereal, bread and a few snacks. (Good thing the exchange rate is $94 Jamaican = $1 US!)

We’ll be worshiping at the Jamaican church tomorrow, Bay Life Baptist, both in the morning and evening. I’ll be speaking to the AWANA group tomorrow evening.

I’m looking forward to taking a ton of pictures and video. I’ll be posting them here, on Facebook and sending some videos in to be shown at our VBC worship service next Sunday morning. Don’t miss that!