We spent the morning painting the front of the Charthouse, the curb, and helping Raul & Karen organize some of the clothes that have been donated by other churches. It’s awesome to finally see our painting work wrap up, and getting one step closer to seeing the finished product. It was also really fun to see everyone coming together and having a good time helping others.
After lunch, we loaded up on a bus and set out on a tour of the surrounding villages. It’s crazy to see how you have such a lively and growing area and just across the street its like a completely different world. Seeing that really opened our eyes to some realities we don’t get to see everyday back home. We also made a stop by the farm, and saw the work so many hands at UBC had done. We harvested the vegetables and got to try some of the freshest tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos, and broccoli we’ve ever had. Yes mom, we ate our vegetables!
When we came back to the Charthouse, we had a devotional. Today’s virtue was forgiveness, and we went around the table sharing stories. One of the ways we saw forgiveness was when we were acting kind of rowdy, and Anthony sat us down. We totally thought we were in trouble, but he said to us “I forgive you.” That was the last thing we expected, and it felt good to see how our leader practices the virtues that Jesus expects us to keep. It’s great to learn the little ways we can become more like Him. It was also great to see each person’s unique stories of forgiving & being forgiven. It really is an example of how we can practice this when we leave the island.
During devotion, we took communion. But it was very different from the way we do it at church! We took the bread and dipped in the drink. We read our bibles and some of talked to God. It was eye opening and it brought us back to the reason God brought us here, which is to serve Christ and to show the Bahamians of his forgiveness and love, and the price he paid just for them!
We miss you guys back home and we thank you for your prayers.
- Elizabeth, Natalie, Trevor