What a blessing they were to our church! We pray they felt relaxed on some level, amidst all the meetings we had during their time in Nassau. They arrived on a Wednesday evening and things didn't slow down for them until the following Monday. Thursday was spent together as couples...we showed them our island as best we could.
We left after breakfast and returned at dinner time. The next day Doug had an extended lunch meeting with Keith, Cedric, and David, our group of elders. Then it was back home, a quick dinner, and back to church to prepare for that night's Praise and Prayer service.
|Friday Night's Prayer and Praise Service|
|Sunday Meeting. Doug talking with Logan Seeley, one of our guitarists|
Our folks were blessed as Doug shared some of their beloved songs: "Only Jesus" and "Now Why This Fear and Unbelief." After a late arrival home that night, it was off to sleep and up early for a worship workshop from 9am-1pm. Then a short lunch break, and back for a worship leader's training time, where Doug and Keith sought to help a few lay leaders who will likely need to step in as worship leaders after Keith is gone. Arriving home around dinner time again, we shared a meal and then made a trip to "B's," our local ice cream shop. We were able to introduce the Planks to Mr. B. who owns the shop and always gives us special treatment! We invited Mr. B. to church the next day to hear Doug preach, which he thanked us for but said was unlikely. Then Sunday was a whirlwind of the Sunday meeting, lunch at the Mosses with our leadership team, a stop-off at Starbucks on the way home, and a 7pm get-together with Tanya Lester, the sister in law of Alan Lester from Living Hope Church, Praetoria, South Africa. What a blessing our time with Tanya was! She is a dear, gentle woman, who we've enjoyed getting to know. We know Doug and Brenda were blessed to meet her. Then it was off to sleep and up for Monday morning. FINALLY Doug and Brenda had a bit of a chance to relax while we tended to our normal routine. Hopefully their last two days here were a bit more low-key than the first 5! It was a rich time though, and we're so grateful.
A quarter of a year has passed already since Christmas! Hard to fathom, but true. And perhaps these 90 days have been some of our busiest. Or maybe not. But what is hard to believe is that in almost exactly the same amount of time...90 days or so, we will be MOVING BACK TO THE USA!!
Yes, there is excitement in those words. We are eager to return. Eager to commit to all God will call us to there. And we will share as the plan unfolds further. Currently, we wait and await. Wait for the unknown and await the exciting things we do know are coming. And there is A LOT to be excited about!
First of all, FRANCIS CHAN will be on the island next Friday and Saturday, April 4-5. He will preach two evenings at a local school auditorium, sponsored by our church and St. Andrew's Kirk here in Nassau. I may have mentioned Allie MacPhail on this blog before. She is a friend of mine and the pastor's wife at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church here in Nassau. You can find her blog here www.undeniablyhuman.blogspot.com Bryn and Allie are Canadian, and arrived here much as we did...to take up ministry cross-culturally as a pastoral family. However, Bryn is the senior pastor at his church and does not, as of yet, have any other full-time men serving with him. They arrived in 2011, I believe, and plan to stay indefinitely.
One pretty cool fact about the Francis Chan event is that Keith will be leading worship for the event! Very Exciting. Members of our church worship team here will assist him as well, including me. We are really looking forward to this event and praying God will save and stir many hearts.
A second exciting upcoming event is the Crossway Church Mission Team's arrival in May! We are so full of excitement for this! I have heard from a few team members that they are on the list to come and I am so glad to hear it is not an "all-male" group! Not that I don't appreciate the men, but it is a little more fun knowing some ladies are on the list. Please feel free to email us with questions or concerns about what to pack, etc. We hope to make the most of your time here!
So those are the happy things we "await." And as to the things we simply wait for, well, you can probably imagine. A job for Keith. A place to go. A home in that place. A church. Furniture. Friends. But God knows all our needs better than we do.