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Giving Thanks 2013:

Posted by on November 30, 2013

Lowèl and I end the month of November GIVING THANKS for all that our Heavenly Father has done for us.  Over the past five weeks, The Lord has been so awesome to us through acquaintances, friends and divine appointments.  He has seen us through so much that I couldn’t possibly name everything. 

A few Sundays ago, after leaving our Service and Parishioners’ Meeting in Guys Hill, we were blessed by some acquaintances that we met at the Charismatic Catholic Conference in Kingston. (Needless to say, they have become our friends.)

Lowèl and I needed to go to Montego Bay to clear a shipment of Personal Effects and Ministry Items from the wharf.   Mr. and Mrs. Lynch graciously offered us a place to stay in Montego Bay so that we wouldn’t have to drive the hour-and-a-half both ways and try to clear our shipment in the same day, which is something that I’ve just learned is almost impossible to do in a third world country.  It literally took us eight hours to clear one pallet (i.e., from morning to dusk to clear our shipment.)  It was so hard for me to believe that is would actually take fifteen separate people and a nice chunk of change to get one pallet out of a warehouse.  However, in the midst of it all, The Lord blessed us with not having  to pay customs duties yet, it was still very expensive.

Our sincere thanks to our dear friends Sunil and Howard for hanging around the wharf parking lot for the entire day after their four hour drive from Sligoville – just so that we would have the proper form of transportation for a pallet of goods.  We can’t thank them enough for their kindness and effort!  

Cow's Foot

Cow’s Foot

Upon our arrival on Sunday evening in Montego Bay, we were greeted with a lovely meal prepared by Mr. & Mrs. Lynch.  I actually had the opportunity to try cow’s foot and I must say, it is an acquired taste or maybe… texture. 🙂  Lowèl and I actually ended up spending three nights with Mr. & Mrs. Lynch.  Sunday evening we enjoyed a beautiful meal with the family; Monday we cleared our shipment on the wharf, and afterwards, Lowèl drove through the night with Sunil and Howard to deliver the items to Ocho Rios and then returned the next morning.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort

On Tuesday, we enjoyed our first day-off.  We were blessed by Mr. & Mrs. Powell, who are relatives to Mr. & Mrs. Lynch, with a Day Pass at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort for my birthday.  Wow, only God can orchestrate stuff like this.  We had a beautiful day at the Sandals Resort and we can’t tell you how nice it was to put our feet in the sand after being on the run for so many months.  God Is Good!… and we thank Him, our hosts and hostesses again for their loving hospitality.      

Ephesians 3:20-21

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

On Wednesday morning, Lowèl and I said our goodbyes to our new friends in Christ and headed out from Montego Bay for a 2 ½ hour drive to Linstead to attend a meeting with Fr. Danilo.  Our lunch meeting was quite productive as we discussed the desires of the parishioners in the Guys Hill and Donnington parishes and shared ministry tools with Fr. Danilo that will help entreat the youth into a vibrant worship that is transforming.  To be continued…

Lowel and I now look forward with hopeful expectation that The Lord will guide us to our new home here in Jamaica.  Our time is coming to an end with our blessing at Hillary’s B&B and it is time to move on.  Therefore, we thank The Lord for His kindness through this transition period into the Jamaican culture and Praise Him Always!   

I send my sincere thanks to Hillary for showing me the ropes at shopping in downtown Ocho Rios; as well as, teaching me how to make an assortment of local juices (i.e., Sorrel, Soursop, and Sour Carambola.)

Your kindness will not be forgotten and I pray that our friendship continues to grow and blossom over the next several years.  God Bless Your Sweet Soul…my friend!

We all have much for which to give thanks this THANKSGIVING… Our health, Our families, and Our friends.

THANKS AND PRAISE BE TO HIM!

Psalm 89:15-18 (NIV)
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
    they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
    and by your favor you exalt our horn.[a]
18 Indeed, our shield[b] belongs to the Lord,
    our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Here are a few reasons for which we are Thankful that we were born in the United States!

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

Unexpected Thanksgiving  Dinner with Don and Betty in Kingston after are car broke down in the mountains.

An unexpected Thanksgiving Dinner with Don and Betty in Kingston – after our car broke down again in the mountains. Our Sincere Thanks…for your hospitality!

Until next time…

GOD’S PEACE

R&L        

 

3 Responses to Giving Thanks 2013:

  1. Tom Greaves

    I always enjoy reading your updates Rose! I find myself rejoicing and praising the Lord as I read what the our great God is doing! – always giving thanks to him for his direction, provision for you and grace he covers you with. You and Lowel are always in my prayers. It is a joy to be a part of your support team!
    Tom

  2. Rose Lewis

    Dear Tom,
    Lowel and I can’t THANK YOU enough for your continual prayers and financial support. It means so much to us to have people praying on our behalf – to help us fight against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11-13). The past six weeks have been extremely challenging for us. We still have no permanent residence; therefore, we continue to bounce around the country living out of our suitcases while ministering to our assigned parishes. Although, this type of living has proven to be taxing at times – we find it all worthwhile when we see the children who were previously unruly and undisciplined, now sitting still during bible study, then getting excited about praise and worship time afterwards. Lowel and I continue to believe in Faith that Our Lord is guiding our path and will eventually allow us to settle down somewhere to call home. Until then, we must accept Isaiah 55:8-9.

    8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
    declares the LORD.
    9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

    God’s Peace to you always, and send our love to the entire family.

    Much Love,
    R&L

    • Tom Greaves

      Amen! I will continue to ask for God’s grace to you and for housing. It thrills my heart to see how God is working through your ministry and in your lives as well!
      I also turn to Scripture as I seek the will of God. He always keeps his promises and covenants. The will of God will never take you where the Spirit of God cannot keep you! I love your quote from Isa. Also in Isa. 48, the Word says, “I am the Lord your God who teaches you what is best for you; who directs you in the way you should go.” He has already has it worked out for you and Lowel as Psalms 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Thank you Lord for all your divine appointments for Lowel and Rose. You have them securely kept under your wings.
      We worship you! We praise you! We thank you! Amen.

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