The cool breeze blowing in from the ocean while I sit at the top of a hill taking in the beauty of tropical trees & flowers feels incredible (y’all are feeling sorry for us missionaries right now, aren’t ya?). I’m in a folding chair sitting in the middle of a long driveway getting free WiFi from Rev’s house watching the sun set to the West.
Today we went to Dunn’s River Falls – it was incredibly beautiful but more so was the time spent together goofing around in the ocean and climbing the falls as a team. There was much laughing and encouragement as we defied gravity and the pull of the water and continued upwards to reach the top.
Many churches have their Wednesday night Bible studies together during Lent so tonight we will head to the local Anglican Church to worship and pray together with a variety of local Protestant Churches.
The next few days will be extemely busy and I have no idea how much time we’ll have to blog so here is a brief run-down. We will serve in the feeding program together on Thursday morning, meet with a local leader to discuss the rebuilding of the dilapidated classrooms that VBC will be raising funds for. Then, on the way to Steer Town Methodist Church for an evening VBS, we will stop at the Jerk Center for absolutely amazing jerk meat cooked over fire and under metal sheeting. Friday will bring painting at St. Ann’s Bay Primary with the local PTA and parents. We will then shower quickly to head back to Steer Town to have a ”cultural night” with their youth. We will be sharing live jazz and blues and showing them how to make both male & female cross necklaces. We can’t wait to see what they will share with us, but we do know it will be lively and include moving and clapping.
Yesterday, a local fruit vendor sold me an orange. Well, really I asked for an orange and he handed me a green-ish, yellow-ish ball. He then peeled it with his long, somewhat-machete-looking knife and handed it to me (still with most of the white peel on) cut in half. In Jamaica, you eat it like an apple (but skip the white peel). It was the best orange I’ve had in years. Who’d have thought that a yellow-ish, green-ish orange would ever taste so good?