I woke up in the middle of the night inspired. Yesterday I volunteered to give a devotion during breakfast. God brought to my remembrance I passage of Scripture. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
We all met for breakfast and had porridge, frank and beans, bread, grapefruit, watermelon, and cantaloupe. I loved the porridge. Mother Cooper added nutmeg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. It had a sweetness and nuttiness to it. The frank and beans were very savory. The fruit was so fresh and juicy. The colors were vibrant too. It was different from the fruit that’s in the states.
For the morning devotion I focused on fear and told the story of Moses. I talked about how God took him out of his comfort zone and used him in a way he didn’t think possible. In the same way, God will take each of us out of our comfort zone and use us mightily. According to 2 Timothy 1:6-7 we all have gifts that God gave us and we must stir them up and walk in faithfulness, trusting in the work he has for us. Don told me to hold on to it. It may come in handy later. I’ll be ready.
The church service at Colegate was amazing, just like I remembered it. The worship was exuberant and spirit led. The singers sounded so beautiful and celestial. Don brought the word that morning and focused on pursuing a mind of Christ. Jesus desires for us to get close to him and we must come to know him for ourselves. We must know the truth of his word and stand on it. It will help us to be who he called us to be. The word was very impactful and led a young man to give his life to God. How amazing!
After church we had dinner. Mother Cooper made rice and peas, vegetables, noodles, coleslaw, and fried chicken. That chicken was on fleek. It was perfectly seasoned, moist, and delicious. I could eat her food all day everyday. She has been such a blessing to us.
We spent the rest of the afternoon prepping for VBS. We got our craft projects ready and finalized what to do for the individual classes. This will be an awesome lesson on the fruit of the spirit. The kids are going to love it.
The evening was spent at Shaw Park Heights for a service. There’s a new church over there that started last year. We had helped in building it and it was amazing to see the progress that was made. The fourth wall is done and the walls are higher. The roof is coming along and there are more supports. The workers did an amazing job.
The praise and worship was lively and jubilant just like this morning. Jodine, a young woman I met last summer, led the worship. Bishop Codling, the overseer of Shaw Park Heights and Colegate was there in addition to several other pastors from the area. This included Pastor Coke, the pastor of Shaw Park Heights. Susie wasn’t feeling well this afternoon, so she and Herman stayed back. Many people came up to give testimonies and it was awesome to hear how God was moving in the lives of his children. There was corporate prayer also for Jamaica and we stood in agreement for change to come, especially in the young people, that God would move in their hearts. Don brought the word tonight. He preached on the same message as this morning and it was just as powerful. Three individuals gave their lives to Jesus and one young man rededicated his life to Jesus. It was amazing to watch. The service went pretty late. It was after 11:00 when we finally got back. Everyone was tired and went right to sleep. We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow.