"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. We worked day and night in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you." 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9

This blog is much more than our family and our crazy antics. After being overseas in Haiti for 4 years we prayed about coming back to the States and just still felt like God was going to use our family overseas...so here we go again. The big move to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and now the school growing and moving to Barbados. We just can't seem to rest until our family can love as many as we can to relationships with Christ. We always feel so blessed to meet the many people we get to serve with overseas, and of course love that you are reading with us as we serve in a new culture!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Garden Field Trip

We took the some of the preschoolers on a field trip to the Botanical Gardens here.  For some, just riding in the school van was a highlight!  The Gardens are so beautiful and rare.  They are the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.  And who doesn't love the talking parrots?

 
Aren't the trees amazing here?  So huge!
 
 
So fun to look at the little fish.
 
 
Talking to the caged parrots.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Answers to Prayers


 
Pictures make our life seem so much more real than my words, so I have added a lot.  We have had a lot going on lately (doesn't everyone :).  As I look back over the year and reflect on the new one, I was looking at some of my past prayers.  I had been praying for my kids and the students here that God would put people in our lives to bring them closer to Him and instruct them.  (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
 I am overwhelmed how He is answering that prayer - you will easily see the love this visiting group showered on my kids, our preschool kids, our community, and our Bible College students.
A summary in our Community Kids Club meetings:
Sweet friends sent Christmas gifts to share at Kids Club as we studied the birth of Christ.  The next week at Kids Club the clowns (Sis Maddie's mom and sister) shared with us and talked about Adam and Eve and community as believers. Finally this past week the MU Campus Group was here and talked and did relay races about the Prodigal Son.
 
 
 
Receiving the goody bags.
 
 
They even got to pick out their own pair of flip-flops. 
 
 
What fun to have the clowns teach us of God's love!
 
 
 
Up the hill where some of our preschoolers come from, one of their homes pictured below was tilting to the side.  Some of our students and the group and Brice went out to put in a new post.
 
 
 
 
 
And even in the rain- the group worked on and we hung our laundry too:)
 
 
 
Our preschool roof had bad termite damage and some leaking, so in less than 4 days they were able to replace it all!
 
 
We love interactions with groups.  I am not the most amazing cook, so rather than do dinner we enjoy doing a dessert/local drinks (milo, lemongrass team, Bitter Lemon soda, and Fruit Cocktail soda) evening of fellowship in our home.
 
 
The new group homestead.  This was the first group to stay there.
 
 
 
  One of our evenings we (staff, students, and visiting group) all worshipped together on the beach and heard testimonies from the students.
 
 
The group treated WISE to fixing us a big meal of lasagna, salad, breasticks, and brownies.  The big hit was each getting our own bottle of COKE too!
 
 
And they built a swingset for the preschool!
 
 
Which we love!  Thank you!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

MU Campus Team

To check out what is going on this week...go to this blog.  The MU team is doing some amazing work with WISE!  So thankful for their partnership!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

 
Sis Maddie and her visiting mom and sister hosted a New Year's Eve night for the students. 

 
Lots of fun and a great way to end the year with a time of worship and prayer for the upcoming year. 


Christmas Day Here

 
Enjoying chicken, rice, ham, local softdrinks, salads, and cake.

 
Unwrapping gifts from supporting church (thanks, Heath Christian Church!).

 
We had a gift exchange with all of us where everybody brought a gift (could not be purchased, had to be something you already owned or made).  So fun to see what each person came up with and got!


 
We had games and Bro. Brice led a devotional to focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

 
And then we all worshipped by candlelight together.



Vacation Trip

 
Over the break, we took the students on a big day trip.  None of us had ever been there.  We went clear to the other side of the island to the Salt Ponds. 

 
So glad my mom and dad could be here this week to celebrate with us.

 
Beautiful God made rocks from the volcano.






Joy to the World....literally

 
Here we are caroling around the neighborhood on Christmas Eve.


 
Our students have beautiful voices and what is more beautiful that sharing it with our friends and those who live nearby?