April 12, 2014

The Jamaica Mission Team is asking for your prayers as we give presentation of our activity in Jamaica tomorrow morning at Glen Memorial Baptist Church.  We will have the entire morning worship time…above all, we want to glorify God majestically for all that He has done in us and through us.

We will be singing, presenting the parable of the “sower and the seed,” giving testimonies, showing pictures, presenting a skit, and basically giving a quick overview of the nine days we were in Jamaica.

We invite each of you to be a part of it starting at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow morning.  We pray that people we will get out of God’s way and people will only see the work that God was and is doing in our lives and in the lives of those in Jamaica.

“Thanks be to God…”
Merv

April 8, 2014

WE ARE HOME!

After a long day of travel, the 2014 Jamaica Mission Team arrived home at about 1:30 this morning.  It was very difficult to say “see you soon” to Gloria, Mike (our bus driver), and to the Crawford family.  After two bus trips, all our luggage and passengers were at the airport.  A few adjustments in contents of the luggage soon had the group going through the check-in line, all baggage at proper weight, and a reasonably quick movement through immigration and customs.

Late arrival in Charlotte, NC meant we were a very limited time restraint…or so we thought.  After quick goodbyes with Kathleen Peterson, we got our luggage, through immigration and customs again, recheck our luggage (29 pieces of it), and back through security.  Got to our gate for departure to Detroit and found out the plane had been delayed in arriving from Richmond.  Figured there was enough time to hand out money for team members to get a bite to eat and away they went.  After another delay, we were finally underway about an hour after original departure time.  (Not too bad…only meant getting back home that much later)

The flight from Charlotte to Detroit had it its ups and downs literally.  Pilot kept apologizing for the turbulent ride, but wasn’t much he could do about it.  All luggage arrived with us in Detroit, short wait for our shuttle in the cold and rain, then off to the hotel, unload and reload all luggage into our trailer, then head north.

The van of teens was pretty quiet once they got something to eat until we arrived home.

“Thanks be to God” for traveling safety.  A lot of miles in one day, but God’s faithfulness and steadfast love was evident in our travels.

Keep watching the blog…pictures will be coming shortly.

Thank you for your prayers for our ministry and our travels.  We look forward to sharing what God did in us and through us.  The team will be in charge of the service at Glen Memorial Baptist Church this Sunday, April 13 at 10:45 a.m.  If you can, please join us.

Merv

April 7, 2014

Good morning from Jamaica for the last time…at least for this 2014 team…

Yesterday was a great day in the Lord.  After about an hour ride up the mountain through winding roads, we worshiped with other parts of the Body at Mt. Stewart Baptist Church.  There is quite a story about Pastor Dwaine who serves at the church, but don’t have the time to tell you about it…something we can share when we get home.  Dave taught adult Sunday School class; Jimmy, Livy, and Daniel M. were in charge of youth class, and Beth, Erin, Sarah, et al reigned in the younger kids.  We did one group song, and the girls’ quartet sang.  Dave preached the message.  The 2009 team started their ministry at Mt. Stewart, and the 2014 ended their Jamaica trip officially at Mt. Stewart.  PS…some of us attended the first part of the service at UpRising Church before leaving for Mt. Stewart.

After another wonderful meal prepared by Gloria, Neville, and Sandra, we had a couple of hours to relax at the beach, shop, or nap.

Supper was very informal in cottage #7…sandwiches, chips, whatever could be found.  Then it was off to the Pelican Restaurant to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday which was yesterday, and Daniel Postma’s  which was on the Friday that we left.  Gary had informed us the their milk shakes were really good, and he was right.  Had bought a cake at Mega Mart and had it decorated with their names on it.  Quite a “sweet” treat to end our last full day in Jamaica.

Had the privilege of praying with our bus driver at the end of the day and presenting him with a special love gift from the team.  Gary and Marty gave a few highlights from the week that they saw with this team, then Melissa led our devotions from Romans 12.  Once again, after prayer, we closed with singing, “I love you, Lord.”

Then, it was off to our cottages to pack.  I am having all I can do to get some of the team to get ready to come home.  They would rather stay…I will do my best to get them all back on our flight.  They even threatened to sneak into my room and “lose” their passports.  As of this morning, all are still in my possession.

Please pray for our safety in travel today.  We fly out at approximately 11:00 a.m. Jamaica time.  We are to arrive in Detroit about 6:30 p.m.   Hope to be leaving Detroit by 8 ish as we have to get luggage, get to the hotel where our vans are, and then load.

Until we meet again in the States, good-bye from Jamaica.

Merv