Well, little time and so much to say. This is Dena writing and I honestly can’t see if I can put all emotions, blessings and stories in just a 1100 word blog. I’m asking God to enlighten me so this can be powerful. Here I go.
Yesterday was powerful. As always we started out with Breakfast the boat ride to the Village we noticed we where all a little more tired, a little more sore and could definitely feel our energy level dropping quickly. As we enjoyed the cool breeze boat ride towards the village we had a discovery. Yes, we saw a crocodile. So, with my experience with these reptiles are thru nice barriers in zoo’s never just feet away with nothing but a small boat between you and the animal that could take you to your death. It was funny cause the comment was made by Trenton our Captain “OH this is a small one” as we all quickly pulled out our cameras to get a glimpse of the log in the water Trenton preoceeded to draw closer. In my mind I was thinking is anyone else thinking hmm, this may not be a good idea? Of course nothing happened but the though was definitely there. It was amazing to see about a 5 – 6ft crocodile but I’m not sure if I would want to get that close to one again. I’ll stick to the nice barriers in the zoo, thanks.
Once we got to the village the heat definitely hit us. It was hotter today and yes we where more exhausted from previous days work. This trip being my second I noticed that it was different. A little more labor intensive and just a little harder. God had definitely had something different planned for us. I was prepared for hard work but what we got was heart changes. The first house we worked at was a man by the name of Manfield. I”m not sure how old he is but his health is not good. He suffers from diabetes and overall you can tell not in the best of health. As half the team chopped down the tree that was tossed like a tooth pick the other half racked and cleaned up debris that had flow into this yard like dandelions. The heat by now was killer. It had become hard to breath, we where going through water like oxygen and we all where being tested. I personally found myself praying even more asking for endurance and health. As we finished up and we found our selves under a nice big tree taking a break as we get our next assignment and more water. Marty called us to pray for Manfield. He slowly walked over the group stood by us clasped his hands together like a small child praying at dinner tilted his head closed his eyes and we prayed. I remeber thinking, WOW, I don’t know if he is a beleiver and he had more soverance in his prayer then I do. I pray and pray often but just the appearnce of his prayer as we prayed hit me, going wow. Now, I don’t know if he was prayng honestly with us or the appearnce of his prayer but it felt genuine just standing by him. We prayed for his health his father and his home. As we finished up and we looked up at him the smile almost brought tears to my eyes. He literally looked like he had peace if only for a few moments. MY heart leaped with joy. Amazing how God can do so much with so little!
As we replenshid with water and moved on to lunch. We had lunch at Gentiles we was nothing short of fantastic. The food hear is always amazing but when you think it can’t get any better well it does. I love the surprises around every corner.
After lunch we had been given the option for some of the team to go wth Una to the school and help with the children. Since I love children so dearly Alyssa, Megan, Ashleigh, Stacey and myself made the walk down to the school. As we arrived at the school lunch was finishing up. Una had spoken to the principal to see what areas we could help with today. Just as plan as day we where given Infant 2 to teach for the next hour and half. Just like that, like a sub walking into a class we where given a class. What was even more amazing is that the children where told to come to our class room they just didn’t come but they came carrying their desk. The entire desk. It was a site to see. These children I2 is Infant 2 they are between the ages 6-8 years of age. It was astonishing to see them carrying their desk. In the states first all they would have never just let random people walk in and teach a class and 2nd they would never allow the children to carry their own desk. It was quite a site. As we got the children in the room and settled down we quickly realized there was no lesson plan. I quickly found myself praying for enlightenment. We ended up going over some basic math sang the alphabet song and attempted to go through the alphabet naming a word that starts with the letter that we where on but quickly realized I was loosing them. Stacey came to the rescue. With her great experience of teaching pre-school she brought out two songs, the Shark song and the dinosaur song. I was amazed that children didn’t know what a dinosaur was. We quickly started to teach the songs and the kids loved em. YOu will have to ask Stacey to sing them for you. she does hand gestures and all. It was great. We also played outside red light/green light and red rover which the kids loved even more.
2pm came so quickly and it was time to walk back to the team. By the time we got back to the team and got settled it was time to head back to the mission. As we arrived back to the mission My cabin quickly realized a nice littel trail of army ants heading into our cabana. OH GREAT, was my though, nice. These are not your little nice ants you have in the states. Tehse are HUGE! We quickly put them to their demise and ended their trail swiftly. They where all inside the cabin on walls the floor it was horrible. I was thrilled to hear they where gone. The bug spray they used was so powerful and potent I left the area since it had started to give me a migraine. God quickly healed me of that, praise GOD!
The night was calm as clouds rolled in and wonderful breeze and you could now hear the waves crashing on the ocean as we sat on the Veranda waiting on dinner. Ths is my favorite time. You can really just look at the Carribean sea and see God’s finger paiting. It is just too beautiful to try to put into words. Many of us where spending time in prayer, relaxing or journaling/devotions. This is a great time and we all love it. Dinner came and went and evening fell. Some of the team went i nto the village again for Wednesday night bible study for the children and some stayed back to relax and just re-cop from the hard day. Those that stayed back played some games and just fellowshiped.
I’m never surprised to what is going to do and what He is doing. I can only pray for more adventures because God is in every corner of every pl;ance and is working amazingly here. I just love it. It’s a blessing to be on th is trip and I’m blessed to be able to serve. It was a great day.
( had to type this in 30 min please forgive the grammar :-))