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Update from South Columbia Baptist Church
What a Wonderful Week

by Cathy Kirk | July 19, 2017 11:27 AM

This week has been nothing short of amazing.  We have been busy from sun up to sun down.  God is moving in mighty ways through this awesome team from Maryland.  

Sunday was a packed day as we were up early so that we could have breakfast at 7:30 and then head to church from 9:00-12:30.  The team absolutely loved the service.  The sermon was awesome and they all gleaned a lot from Pastor Henry.  Their favorite part was the upbeat and vibrant worship that they had.  It was very powerful for the team to see worship in such an uninhibited way.  

We went to the Falmouth Infirmary for a visit with the residents there and we spent about an hour with them.  The team was stretched as they stepped way out of their comfort zones by visiting with the residents there.  It was amazing to watch God move through them as they loved hard on each and everyone they came in contact with.  There was scripture read, songs sung, hugs given and smiles everywhere.  It was such a blessing to watch the team experience something so awesome as they shared God's love with everyone while we were there.

We also went on a walk through the community where we met a lady that was 109 years old.  She was the sweetest and was so excited to see a huge group of "white" people.  She said she had never seen so many white people together at one time.  :)  She had problems with her eye sight and said she did not have glasses.  Ron jumped in without hesitation and offered her his reading glasses.  God truly showed up in this act of love,  her face was filled with such excitement as she put them on and could see.  Such a small act of kindness on Ron's part changed her life forever.  God is good.

During the walk the team met the family of a lady from the church that had passed away.  They invited us to be a part of the grave digging.  In Jamaica the community comes together for this.  They all chip in and work together to dig the grave for the loved ones in their community.  We went to support the family and boy were they excited to see us.  They even invited the team to help dig the grave.  What an honor it was be invited to such a special time for the lady they loved so much.

We have had 3 awesome days of VBS this week.  The children have loved the songs that they have been taught and we have caught many of them walking around the community singing them after VBS is over.  The children have gleaned a lot from the lessons this week that Brian and Jim have taught.  Chrisann a 7 year old girl that has been here all week shared with some of us that she has been inspired since "South Columbia" has been here.  I asked her how and she explained through the lessons that Brian had taught that day, she told me the entire lesson and thanked us for being here.  

We have painted a huge room in the education center and what a difference it has made in the feel of the building.  It is gorgeous, Pastor was pulled away to a meeting last night and did not see the finished product until after we had left last night.  This morning he couldn't speak enough as to how beautiful the room is.  He absolutely loved it and so did the church members.  There has also been painting done on the outside of the church as well as a "ton" of scraping off of old paint.  

The church sign is close to being completed, lots of concrete has been mixed and poured to form a sign for the church that lost their original sign years ago during a hurricane.  Everyone is so excited to see this sign being erected for the church.  Ron has worked hard with the foreman each day to get as much of it done as possible.  We worked in the dark last night mixing and pouring concrete because they were committed to getting more of it done before we headed back to the school last night.

These are just some of the many highlights of the week.  God has been on the move all week.  Working through the entire team.  There is so much more to tell.  We will continue to post pictures and stories of our day.

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Sharon Mann

July 21, 2017 9:43 AM

Praying for traveling mercies back to Maryland, memories to last a lifetime and changed lives going forward!

Pam Mann

July 20, 2017 10:50 AM

Thank you so much for documenting this week for us parents and prayer partners at home. I second what Eve said that I have seen my prayers answered in various way in what has transpired this week. We serve an awesome God!

Eve Wooldridge

July 19, 2017 2:00 PM

My heart is full as I read this, Cathy. The spirit of the week that you convey reflects just how Russell and I have been praying. Thank you for this post! - Eve W

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