The year-end conference in Costa Rica took place from the 23rd to the 25th of December, 2016, with just over 40 attending. The campground is a beautiful site they have used for quite a few years with comfortable cabins with bunk beds and hot water for showers. The location is very picturesque, full of lots of big shade trees and lush tropical vegetation and a lovely swimming pool with a fountain. The campground also has a dining hall where a staff prepares hearty, typical Costa Rican food for the campers. Read more »
The month of October 2016 was indeed a spiritual blessing from our Heavenly Father! The Jamaican Brotherhood was encouraged with overseas support from Brother Don Luff of Ontario Canada, Brother Nigel & Sister Devonna Small from New Jersey USA and Brother Andre George from the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. We are thankful that Hurricane Matthew, which threatened to cause serious damage to the Island October 2nd to 4th, veered east of Jamaica, allowing the efforts of our visitors to go forward. We were saddened though at the resultant devastation from Matthew in Haiti and areas north of us. Read more »
Visits to members and friends in South America
One of the challenges of the mission field is providing service to brethren and sisters and contacts in isolation. Email, telephone and Skype are a tremendous help in teaching, maintaining friendships and providing spiritual support. But even then, members need the lift provided by personal visits and it’s important to meet and talk personally with promising contacts as they grow in the Truth. With these factors in mind I was able in July and August to visit two brethren and two friends in South America.
This Sunday school of 15-30 students was started about 3 years ago by sis. Candace Harrycharran. Candace, her husband, bro. Charles and her daughter, Caroline, relocated across the Demerara River from Eccles, their home ecclesia.
Early Sunday morning she invited neighbor children to come to her house to learn about the Bible. They met under a tarp at the side of their house. The Sunday school has grown through God’s blessing and the dedicated efforts of brethren. Eccles ecclesia holds a Gospel Proclamation meeting there every other Sunday when some of the parents attend to hear the Bible talks. Since the school has become too big for sis. Candace to manage alone the two young sisters from Eccles come faithfully every Sunday to teach the children. They are sis. Joanna Porte and sis. Faida N’Djelekulu. Please remember this group of Sunday school children and their parents in prayer. This is a very poor neighborhood and the Gospel can bring hope to these children and their families.
It 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 »