As I type this, we are making our way back across the island to catch our flight out of Montego Bay. On Sunday, we led worship at Havenhill Baptist again and then had to say a quick farewell to three of our team members who were flying out early. A restful afternoon was followed with a praise and worship concert at Cedar Grove Baptist in nearby Portmore. It was a wonderful way to close out the trip by singing nine or ten worship songs. As I reflect on the trip, I have so much to be thankful for:
1. First of all, I’m thankful for my wife for allowing me to spend 10 days out of the country with our oldest daughter, often with no way to contact us. She has been such an encouragement to me when I was able to talk with her during the trip and I can’t wait to see her in person.
2. I’m thankful that other then a few bumps, bruises, nicks, and cuts, our team stayed very healthy and safe this week. Two of our team was involved in a traffic collision but it wasn’t serious. God certainly protected us with all the traveling we did.
3. I’m thankful that God provided three other bass guitars for me to play at various times during the week after mine was broken early in the trip. I would have been so depressed if I had not been able to play for most of the trip.
4. I’m thankful for the team and our time together. There were very few interpersonal issues between our team members despite being together in close quarters for most of the trip and being hot and tired.
5. I’m thankful for my host family, the Boxes. They were so gracious to us even though our schedule kept changing.
6. And finally, of course, I’m thankful for being able to go back home to all its comforts. I won’t really miss the incredible heat and humidity, lack of air conditioning, instant coffee, and living out of a suitcase. It will be nice to sleep in my own bed, not be overly concerned with always having a water bottle with me, and be connected to the internet all the time. It will also be nice to sing on stage at my home church on Sunday with state of the art equipment.
There are several prayer items that I will remember as we leave the island.
1. Mrs. Box informed me this morning that her son, who lives abroad, had a bad stroke. He is home from the hospital, but she is very worried about him, of course.
2. Then there is Laurence, a man who had just checked into Teen Challenge just before we arrived there. Laurence is a Christian, and we prayed over him before we left, but he really wanted to be free of his addiction.
3. I will remember many of the children from VBS. Alex, an autistic boy who always wanted to give me a high five. And Navado, the boy I gave a piggy back ride to for about 30 minutes singing “Every Praise” and “I Will Follow” with. He came up and gave me a big hug right after VBS was over the last night.
4. And then there are all the people we did ministry with while on the island: Pastor Dave Falconer, the Uprising church, Fairview Bible College, Havenhill Baptist, and Cedar Grove Baptist.
Once again, I thank all those who supported me financially and in prayer on this trip. Thanks for reading these posts as well.
“Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders; let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander; and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.”