Privileged to be part of great happenings in Jamaica
by Paulette Winter
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Privileged to Be Part of Great Happenings in Jamaica
Hallelujah! My feet are once again walking across the land of beautiful Jamaica! I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming.
It is paradise here! My Jamaica family is taking such good care of me. It will break my heart to leave them.
My Jamaica family includes Pastor Winston Nathan, his beautiful wife Gail, and adorable sons, Joshua, 4, and Jonathan, 2.
The schools here have just closed this week.
On Monday, I went to May Day High School and presented devotions to 800 students. It was held outdoors where they lined up in vertical rows. Jamaica allows its schools to begin each day with devotions. Missionaries are welcome to come and share with the kids.
Following devotions, Pastor Nathan graciously provided his office for me to use to counsel any students who came of their own free will to talk to me about anything they wanted to talk about.
I talked with Jody Ann Clark, 14, and Jody Brussett, 17. They opened up their hearts to me without hesitation. We could have talked for hours.
I encouraged them to talk to me following devotions because, from personal experience, it is easier to talk to someone you don't know. You don't have the fear of rejection when you unload your cares to a stranger.
Though a stranger, they felt safe in confiding with me, knowing that I wouldn't reveal their secrets and desires. We weren't strangers for long. One of them wept as she talked. I was so privileged to be there for them.
More were in line to see me, but, unfortunately, time ran out.
Monday evening, I spoke at a wonderful church, Faith Claim Ministries, at the request of the Rev. Charles Jones with Pastor Nathan that I speak to his Sunday School leaders.
The church is housed in a huge tent. It was very decorative inside and one would never guess it was a tent once you were inside. They rolled up one side to allow a breeze to blow in. It was heavenly!
They asked me to come back the following evening to share with the youth. When I walked in that evening, there was a group of girls practicing a worship dance.
"All right! Now, I truly do feel at home!"
They were practicing for a big convention that is going to be held this coming week.
Thursday was my day to spend at New Hope Children's Home. This ministry is home to 14 children up to 5 years old. The youngest baby currently there was Samuel, 3 months. I held him close and prayed over him and stroked his very thick, black, curly hair. I connived a plan to sneak him out with me.
But then as I looked over the other children and interacted and held them, I found myself wanting each of them, too.
Noel drew me a picture of a rainbow as I sat in with the preschoolers as the teacher worked with them. It will be framed and hung in a prominent place when I return home.
I have yet to share at a gospel film showing, visit a deaf village, and another children's home. I will be singing and bringing the message Sunday morning at Trinity Baptist Church. Also, I will have the privilege of presenting a mother and her four children with clothing. They live in a one-room shack.
I managed to have special times with my Haitian friend, Chrismael Martial, who introduced me during my last vist to Jamaica to People Need the Lord Ministries. As a result of that introdution, I serve as an executive member of the board. It is an honor to serve as a representative of this ministry, both at home and abroad.
Don't put God in a box. Don't put yourself in a box. God can do anything through you. You only need to be willing and step out of the boat!
He has amazed me, just as I knew He would, as I minister in ways that I never imagined doing. Anyone knowing me as a chld and on up into youg adulthood can see the obvious transformation the Lord Jsus Christ has brought to my life.
Thanks to Family of God Fellowship, Dent's Run Baptist Church, Sarietta Sunday School, Morning Star Baptist Church, Tree of Life Church, Christ Community Church, to name a few, as well as the Sobrania Soup Opera and many individuals who contributed finances, Bibles, clothing, shoes and other necessities to alleviate the suffering of the poor, the homeless, and the outcasts of Jamaica.
It wasn't easy maneuvering the heavy luggage by myself at the airport, but with God going before me, great things have been accomplished for His glory! Much love to all.
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