Arriving Water Caye across from Marsh Harbor the sun has set in brilliance. The glory of God is seen in the sky changing as each minute passes til the stars come out and light up the heavens. We have arrived to the sea of Abaco all intact.
Early we rise with the sun, it’s time to start moving across the way to Marsh Harbor. Coming to the channel it’s hard to recognize where you are. My favorite house is unidentifiable! Four years of carrying Boy Scouts in and out of this channel and today I feel lost. The shore line is just so torn up and the trees leaning from Dorian are wearing so much brown. Boats washed up on the shores, docks every witch way and torn to pieces. The port is busy and filled with
ships carrying container after container, relief is here. The trees that have survived are starting to grow and many houses are being repaired.
We are blessed to be met by Dr, Eldon Johnson from EJMO at the port to arrange our clearing of customs and immigration . Praise God our work permits have all been approved! Eldon and his ministry is full of the joy of the Lord. They are the most wonderful to be connected with and to have as our spiritual covering while in the Bahamas. Their love for God and the people of the Bahamas is great.
Next we meet up with Pastor Bailou and if you are ever having a bad day you need to spend some time with this man of God. When you say yes and step in faith, inexpressible gifts from heaven come your way. We are so excited to work with this wonderful team here in the Bahamas whose hearts are for what is best for their community.
Our next blessing is Brenda who pulls up in her taxi waiting to hear the plan. Since we have seen her last she has a new windshield in the van! I love the love and time of just hanging out to see what God has next.
Next stop is to see Lidia at New Vision Church, which has been a distribution center since the storm. Currently the church is facilitating school. We looked at part of the building which needs a roof in order for the school to be able to expand for the high school students.
Our team is bonded from traveling and all that has transpired, we are becoming one and growing in our faith. God is affirming the importance of our presence here in Marsh Harbor at this time. Each person we come into contact with is important. Many decisions need to be made for our direction while here and to steward our supplies well. There is no shortage of work and need. In the morning we will look at New Vision’s roof and Pastor Bailou’s roof. The team is fired up. We miss our team member Lecia, whose departure was today. For those of you who have been praying, she made her flight! Tomorrow, Caroline is scheduled to teach dance at the school and the rest of us will be sorting supplies, digging into cleanup and readying ourselves for our mysterious unknown-in-the-moment, divine appointments!
Feb. 14 2020 Happy Valentines day! A whirlwind of activity .
Nancy and the men: Half our team went in early to deliver supplies and to start swinging the hammer. “The roof at New Vision is coming together with the craftsmanship of the men, who are putting the roof together like a puzzle which is astounding the parents of the students.” By the end of the day all framing for the roof at New Vision has been completed and ready for tomorrow's dry in! With this area finished, New Vision will be able to host High School students and get the youth off the street.
Gail: Divine appointments and visions coming to life . After unpacking the hulls and sorting items to distribute the Holy Spirit took control, bringing those in need at the very moment to receive what was in our hands. “I love when you see a vision in your mind weeks ahead of time only to find yourself standing in that particular spot and seeing God move. “
Jamie: Pastor Bailou's Church is filled with peace. “When you go to give donations and receive more than you give, in the Spirit, it is overwhelming. “
The many opportunities to pray and bring joy into the hearts of the people and the children is our God in action. He cares for our hearts. A little boy today lost his mask which he made in art class. After praying, asking Jesus to help him find it, there it was and placed in his hands. His sadness when to unexplainable joy. Small things are big things to Jesus.
To end our day was the greatest swim! By the end of the day it was hot, the water was cold but clear and exhilarating! The guys came home with the mother load, the grandpa of grandpa lobsters, his family, a huge trigger fish, and a mackerel. The girls found a huge rock new to the area since the storm with over 30 lobsters hanging out! Today has been a superior day!