A Jamaican Sunday-Fun day.
Here i am, once again experiencing a Christ worshiping Sunday in another Country. wow. Just how lucky am i?! 2 years ago it was Haiti, worshiping with believers who i couldn’t understand, enjoying the experiences, but, lets me honest, when you can’t understand a word of whats going on… you lose interest. Jamaica is different. I can understand whats being said! And what a powerful understanding has been understood this day. 😀
The day started out fairly normal, with the exception of some very stiff and sore muscles, compliments of rope swing-ings into water, hitting said water in…. painful ways, and very long and bumpy van rides. I honestly am not sure which effected me the most… but it was something! 🙂
Since we didn’t need to head out for church until 9:30 we had the special privilege of being able to sleep in until about 7:30 (whoop whoop) with the exception of Breakfast prep people, which included yours truly. we all hopped out of bed chipper and happy and in a very vivacious spirit, ready to concur the world. jk. it was more like… dragged out of bed and then moaning as the stiff and sore muscles were discovered. this was probably the slowest morning yet. just by looking around at those gathered around the breakfast you could tell that yesterday wore us out. Let me give you a bit of a visual. there are 5 tables. 2 round, 1 very long family style, 1 short family style, and 1 card table size. most are gathered around the long family style table, attempting to be social and cheerful, enjoying our mango, cereal, hot coffee cake and inhaling our coffee with a touch of sweetened condensed milk (don’t worry mom. i’m being safe..:D) at the far round table sits Zac, drinking coffee by the cups full and very much…. not a morning person. at the other round table sits another chipper morning person. Jk. Caleb looks to be in the same state as Zac. conversation with either round tables contents involves more grunts then actual words. We all laugh and move on. lol.
after a lovely breakfast, we girls all head to our room to finish getting ready and to warm up our lovely singing voices. oh yeah. We’re singing at the church while the offering is being passed. its great. 9:30 arrives and everyone (including the Aunties, JRM Children, Kevin and Carries family, Floyd + Jamaicans that one van is picking up) all pile into 3 vans. squished seems to be the word of the week when traveling. oh well. its part of life right now. after about 15 min. we arrive at the church. Bay Life Church is in a kind of Apartment complex and as we arrive into the sanctuary we are of course some of the first ones there, because we’re on Jamaica time, and 9:30 could mean anywhere from 9:30 – 10:30 or later. Emily C. goes to help with Childrens church while the rest of us find our seats and sit down to listen to the worship team practice. we pretty much fill up half of the church, but its all good. through out the whole of the praise and worship time people continue to trickle in. One thing that struck me as i sat there singing and people watching, was the variety of people that are arriving. there is everything from sophisticated and classy ladies and gentlemen to a bit lower class dressed folks, from older people to that cute little kid in the slightly nerdy classes with the slight upturned collar. Yet they’re all dressed in their finest and there to worship Christ. After a excellent praise and worship, all of us youth girls, minus Emily C. head up to the front to do our best at singing Behold Our God. We were told it was fabulous. Then Pastor Andrew gave an amazing and very stirring sermon. it was based on the first few verses of Hebrews 8. He is a man on fire for Christ and wow what an amazing preacher! One of His closing points which stuck out to me was, don’t wait until tomorrow to go and do the Lords work. Go out and do it NOW. i wish i had a recording of the whole thing to listen to once again.
after church, you could tell we weren’t in a Mennonite Church because as soon as ‘Amen’ was said we were literally pushed out the door and the people departed. well, that was a bit different. so we headed home. after a very yummy lunch of lasagna, breadsticks, and Salad, it was decided by not me, that we should head out and walk UP the mountain.. on very full stomachs. yep. thankfully the good Lord saw fit to take pity on me and send quite the heavy down pouring just as we reached the gate. He truly does care about me. 😀 lol. after waiting in the pavilion or a bit, we decided it wasn’t going to let up soon and we girls dashed back to the house were the rest of the afternoon consisted of naps and fun games with everyone and a few of the Aunties who several of us have hit it off with, Becca and Loretta. then this evening Pastor Andrew and his wife came over and joined us for singing, watching some of the girls do a flag show for us, and then Pastor Andrew told us his life story, the short version. WOW! he has lead one incredible life. Phil is hoping to get him to come to DMC sometime soon, as he’s going to the states here in a week.
and now, i am currently watching a dance party go on across the room, which i believe i am going to go join/watch. 🙂
thanks for reading my random ramblings..
OH! tomorrow we are going to be doing a missions day, which involves handing out tracks, sharing christ and going to both a handicapped childrens home and an older peoples home. We would greatly appreciate your prayers throughout the day. 🙂
Also mom, you’ll be glad to know that i am now at the point of where lizards? yeah. no longer jump when i see them. its a common thing to see a lizard watching you from his perch on the wall. there is even one in our bedroom.. *shudder*.
and here is a little clip of some melmon fun from tonight… the feet are Dawn’s fyi. 😀
Signing off for the youth group,