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On the Ground and Running:

Posted by on November 2, 2013


Wow! What a whirlwind our first week has been.  We have experienced so much… and done so much this past week that I’m not quite sure where to begin.
In the past week we’ve stayed in Ocho Rios, Stony Hill, Kingston and Sligoville.

Lowel - performing Service in Guys Hill on Missions Sunday

Lowel – performing Service in Guys Hill on Missions Sunday

Lowel performed his first Service in Guys Hill on Missions Sunday which we found to be quite apropos.  After the Service, Lowel was asked to read the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) and not one parishioner left.  They all simply congregated around as Lowel brought to life the battle in his own unique way.  For those of you who know Lowel, he is passionate about telling bible stories.  As I listened, I couldn’t help but reflect upon our parishes back home.  I thought to myself, “How many of our parishioners would stay after Mass on Sunday to bask in the glory of a bible story?”

After the Service in Guys Hill, we headed toward Kingston to attend a meeting with the Archbishop and to deal with some matters in town, but the Lord had other plans.  We ended up at a place called Nazareth, which is a retreat house that is situated on the ridge of a mountain in the area of Sligoville. God’s plan was for us to meet a Messianic Jew, Rande, who is also a missionary to Jamaica.
In the dark of the night, Rande (our new missionary friend), allowed Lowel to blow his Shofar from the roof top of the retreat house – announcing to all the Obeah people in the area that we are here ushering in the Glory of God.  If you’ve never heard a Shofar before –Blowing a Shofar it is a unique sound of power and strength. A shofar is a ram’s horn that has been hollowed out and blown as a trumpet to announce one’s presence or as a harbinger.  Hearing the Shofar, and the response of the animals, made me ponder what it must have been like to hear the seven Shofars blown on the seventh day of the battle of Jericho.  (Joshua 6)  After this awe inspiring experience we continued on to Stony Hill for one night’s stay with our close friends.  The next day – it was off to Kingston for our meeting with the Archbishop.
After our meeting with the Archbishop, we then drove to Portmore for another meeting with the Deanery VI Pastoral Teams and basically got acquainted with everyone and got a feel for what will be taking place in the upcoming months.
For those of you who have been following Lowel and me, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “How are they getting around when they have no vehicle?”  Well, we had to summon a taxi from Ocho Rios to get us to Guys Hill to perform the Service on Sunday, which was extremely pricey. When I asked Lowel, “How are we getting from the church to Kingston?” he simply replied, “The Lord will provide!” The Lord then quickened the heart of a dear friend to take the two hour drive from Stony Hill to join us for the Service.  Afterwards, he took us back to Stony Hill so we could stay with he and his family.  The following morning he took us to meet the Archbishop’s driver, who intern took us into Kingston for our meeting with the Archbishop.  After our meeting, we were blessed with a temporary vehicle – which is actually our parish Priest’s vehicle – while he is out on holiday in the Philippines.  GOD IS GOOD! ..… AND IS PROVIDING FOR OUR NEEDS IN A UNIQUE WAY!
(2 Corinthians 9:8)
“And there is no limit to the blessings which God can send you – He will make sure that you will always have all you need for yourselves in every possible circumstance, and still have something to spare for all sorts of good works.”
Until next time…


7 Responses to On the Ground and Running:

  1. Maureen Dierkes

    Rose and Lowel!!!

    So awesome and wonderful to hear from you!!! I saw your last post and was responding when my computer froze. Needless to say, life got away from me and I never made my way back to the blog! Bill and I were just talking about you and wondering if you had found a car or place to live, etc. and then, alas…you made another blog post. Woo hooo. I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!! ( just in case you couldn’t tell. 🙂

    I have been holding you in prayer each and everyday and trying to imagine what you all are doing and what life is like for you. I have been asking the Lord to keep you in His care and under His protection. I’ve been calling upon St. Michael and all the angels of protection to guard you and keep you safe at all times!

    It was so neat to see Lowel on the altar in vestments ministering to God’s people in Jamaica. I wish I could have been there to here the Bible Story…we’ll have to have a “Night of Bible Story Telling” when you all are back in the States. I would just love that and it would be a great blessing!!

    How are things going in terms of finding housing and time to rest and recharge your batteries from all the travel and ministry you are doing?

    There is so much I want to hear about…Rose, keep a journal!

    All is well here. The Bible Study started back up with over 100 women and many new faces. We are starting to get more younger women now, which is wonderful since they are raising up the children who will one day lead God’s Church. We are studying Galatians…so powerful!! AWAKEN continues to be a blessing to many and is booked in parishes through 2014 and soon to be into 2015.

    Please know how much you are loved and missed, and that you are thought of each and everyday with great love and affection!

    May God’s love and mercy abound in your ministry and may His face shine brightly upon you and through you to the people of Jamaica. May He look with favor upon you and bless you richly in every area of the ministry and in all areas and facets of your lives. May you follow HIM so closely that you are covered in His dust…and all will know that you are truly HIS disciples!!

    In HIS love and friendship and under the protective mantle of our Blessed Mother,

    Your sis in Christ unto eternity,

    • Lowèl Lewis

      We can not tell you how wonderful it is to hear from you. We are still trying to get our bearings, understand our responsibilities and make time to hear from the Lord. He is in the process of opening many doors. Thank you for that wonderful blessing at the end of your comment. We are glad to hear that the Lord is using Awaken Ministries to minister in His Church and the women’s ministry to prepare mothers and their children. Please continue to keep us in your prayers, we cherish those more than you can imagine.

      • Maureen Dierkes

        ” I give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in my prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For I know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you.” Thessalonians 1:2-4

        The peace of Christ be with you!

  2. DStaffeldt

    No one tells a Bible story like Lowel! What a blessing to breathe life and passion into these stories we know and love as they reach new ears and hearts!
    Many prayers for you, as God continues to provide for you in those unexpected ways. And prayers for revival as the seeds of the Word are planted amongst the people!
    May you both find strength in our Lord and in each other as your journey continues.
    Love and hugs to you both!

    • Rose Lewis

      Your Love and Prayers are truly treasured! In all that you do, “May the Lord bless you and keep you; and may His face shine on you and be gracious to you …” (Numbers 6:24-26)
      Much Love,

  3. Cynthia

    Hello Dear Friends,
    Rose, I am so glad you persevered with the website, so I can keep track of you and the wonderful things you are doing! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Safe travels.
    Much love,

    • Rose Lewis

      Hello My Dear Friend Cynthia,
      It’s so great to hear from you. Sorry for the delay in our response; however, we’ve been on the road for the last six days and had no internet access. It feels so nice to be home again and have a moment to catch up with just life.

      Give our best the Chris and your mother.

      God Bless,

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