"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!
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?
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!