Bible Enrichment!

IMG_0433It was a typical January day in Ontario, Canada. Snow! It was snowing when we wakened at 0515. It was snowing when we left for a rather messy drive to the airport. It was snowing at the time we were due to take off (at 0930) and we were still in departure lounge! We boarded the plane a short while later, but it was still snowing therefore the plane had to be ‘de-iced’ (as the saying goes) so by the time we were off the ground we were ninety minutes late. But that is the risk of winter in Canada! However, Brother Andre George and our taxi driver, Keith Philip were at the airport to meet us.

It was the start of a five week visit to St. Lucia. A busy time with plenty of Bible discussions with members of the ecclesia and contacts.  On this visit we focused on the “Bible Enrichment” programme. We had not decided on what topic to base the classes on but a very stimulating book by Brother Stephen Irving entitled “Studies in the Gospel of John” which we had been reading provided the idea. Read more »

Fifty Years in Spanish Speaking South America

IMG-20160128-WA0006 (1)2015/2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the start of Christadelphian Bible Mission activities in Spanish speaking South America. On the 22nd of April 1965 Brethren George Smith and Gordon MacRae moved from Panama to settle in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital. Gordon from Edinburgh had spent the last night with us in England before we saw him off on the boat from Southampton to Panama…”Aye”, he later remarked, with wry Scottish humour ,“that was my first night in a foreign country!”  (Leaving Scotland for England).

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My Visit to Guyana

IMG_4430Sister Beth Stuchlik and I (Sister Trudy Stuchlik) from the Ann Arbor Ecclesia (MI) embarked on an unforgettable journey last year on July 28th to August 20th. Our purpose was to help out with Guyana’s Vacation Bible School, the triennial Caribbean youth conference, pastoral visiting and to hang out with all my friends. This year was my third year going. I was so blessed to be apart of the 2013 Truth Corps, which was my first eye opener to Guyana and to all the amazing brothers and sisters there. I would highly recommend Truth Corps for anyone and everyone. My mom had heard all the different stories for years and had wanted to go in person, so she hopped on the plane with me. She was looking forward to seeing a whole new land and culture. Read more »

Jamaica – A Special Sunday in Port Maria

IMG_0305The members in the Port Maria area organized a mini-Fraternal on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the Forrester’s Banquet Complex in this town. The 7 active members had been unable to meet on a regular basis, due to the lack of an available meeting room.  IMG_0281The whole facility includes several buildings and an undercover outdoor cooking area, plus a large central open space where the young people played soccer and basketball.  With funding from the CBMJ, one of the meeting areas was rented for the day – and friends and family members were invited to a public lecture, a hot meal prepared on-site, followed by a Memorial Service for members.
A Sunday School type lesson took place instead of the lecture, since there were more children and teens present at the beginning than adults – a pleasant circumstance indeed!  The exhortation theme – “Where will I be when Jesus returns?” – was of benefit for all.  A thought-provoking topic to consider, in light of current world events, while meeting around the Lord’s Table.

IMG_0317It was a worthy effort, for the first attempt in several years, of a combined public witness and fraternal, to which 38 children, adolescents and adults attended.
We thank Sister Sandra Reid for the beforehand organization of the necessary details.  Everyone was also thrilled to see 93 year old Sister Enid Hall present for the day’s activities – she is the only active member left of the ecclesia which used to meet in their own hall in Port Antonio, over an hour east of Pt. Maria. The CBMJ will continue to do its best to support the efforts of the members in this town, plus provide means of working with the youth as well.

 

Baptism in Peru

2015-11-29RobertAldersonVisitToLimaEcclesiaOn Sunday, October 18, 2015 we had the privilege of baptizing Nahuel Carmona into the name of Jesus on the rooftop terrace of his family’s home in Lima, Peru. A short time later he was received into fellowship at the memorial service held in the living-room of the house, the meeting-place of the Lima Ecclesia. The only child of Bro. Flavio and Sis. Gloria Carmona, Nahuel has been keenly interested in the Bible ever since his parents first requested the postal course in early 2007, and had long looked forward to baptism. To that end he received weekly preparation classes from Jean by telephone for about two years and continues with post-baptismal classes by Skype. We pray God’s blessing on Nahuel’s walk in the Truth alongside his parents and the other members of this warm and growing little ecclesia.

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Bro. Jim and Sis. Jean Hunter, CBMA Link Couple