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December 2013 – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year:

Posted by on December 30, 2013

Lowel and I began our December with back-to-back Services in the Guys Hill and Donnington Parishes, and with the packing-up of our temporary housing in White River.  For the last two months, we have been bouncing around the country living out of our suitcases while ministering to our assigned parishes.  As of the present date, we have finally found a place to call home that is approximately 25 minutes from two of our parishes in the mountains. WE PRAISE THE LORD FOR THIS CHRISTMAS GIFT!  If the Lord permits, we will begin the moving in process at the beginning of the year. 
 
  • Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society Conference in Kingston

    Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society Conference in Kingston

    Most recently, we’ve attended The Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society Conference in Kingston – The JCHS is doing their best to expose the Global Agenda on Buggery Laws (Sodomy Laws) to people who hold influential positions and to the general population.

  • We’ve had the opportunity to visit Jacob’s Ladder – A Mustard Seed Foundation Facility near Moneague – that is doing some amazing things for handicap children.
  • We attended a Pastoral Meeting at Stella Maris Parish in Kingston – to address the family unit that is under attack here in Jamaica and brainstormed how to shore-up and strengthen the family nucleus.
Meanwhile, we did our best to keep our commitment with the Guys Hill Bible Study Group in the mountains on Wednesday afternoons; provided a Christmas talk for the Donnington School Children; brought a Christmas message to the Linstead Carol Service and assisted Father Dan with Christmas Eve Mass in Donnington and provided the transportation for Guys Hill parish members so that they could partake in the Christmas Eve Mass.
Christmas talk at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Donnington

Lowel – delivering the Christmas talk at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Donnington

During the Christmas talk for the Donnington School Children, I couldn’t help but be touched by the simplicity of the children.  Their excitement resonated in the church as each class approached the altar to sing their rehearsed Christmas Carol – all without one Christmas decoration signifying the season in the church.  As I sat and watched their reenactment of the Birth of Jesus, I couldn’t help but smile as the three wise men approached the altar with their gifts for Jesus using drive thru trays.
Donnington School Children - Singing Christmas Carols

Donnington School Children – Singing Christmas Carols

We in the United States have so much to be thankful for.  As we enter our churches this Christmas Season adorned with nativity scenes, Christmas trees, lights and poinsettia flowers, may we take a moment and cherish our blessings and truly thank the Lord for coming to us while we were yet sinners, taking our shame and conquering the enemy so that we may live with Him forever in paradise.
 
May we also remember this Christmas Season that one of GOD’S most awesome gifts to us is “Free Will”  (i.e., THE CHOICE IS ALL OURS!)  May we choose wisely and follow Him as Lord and honor Him as Savior in all that we do and say… 
 
Romans 5:6-11 (NIV)
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

 

Isaiah 53:1-12 (NIV)
53 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[
a] and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.[
b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes[
c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[
d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[
f] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[
h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
 
Luke 23:39-43 (NIV)
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[a]
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
 
In 2014, Lowel and I look forward to being settled into our new location and to having more time with the children – now that we are in closer proximity to our assigned parishes.  Lowel has already begun making ecumenical ties and gathering men to help minister to the men in rural areas that have been estranged from God because of “powerless Christianity”.  (2 Timothy 3:1-5)  We also look forward with hopeful expectation of The Love of The Holy Spirit falling in Jamaica – transforming individuals, families, and communities.
 
Lowel and I would like to send a sincere “Thank You!” to all of you who have continued to keep us in your daily prayers, as well as, those who have faithfully supported us financially.  Without your prayers and support we would not be able to partake in what the Holy Spirit has in store for Jamaica. 
 
We would also like to thank Dawny and  Richard for inviting us over for Christmas breakfast and Laurell and Stafford for the invitation for Christmas dinner and the numerous others who have made this Christmas Season memorable.  Your kindness and hospitality is so appreciated – as I have personally been struggling with my first Christmas in another country.
Nativity Scene at St. Helen in Linstead

Nativity Scene at St. Helen in Linstead

Again, we thank you all and wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

Until next time…
 
GOD’S PEACE
 

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