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.
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:
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…..
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?!
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!