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 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 – 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… GOD’S PEACE