January – February 2010
During the months of January and February, the activities I undertook included: preaching to include leafleting, visits to shut-ins, mentoring the young men in Port Maria, and consulting with the young men and Sister Sonia in Round Hill about Champion a Child.
At the Year End Bible School, I was asked to preside over the Saturday and Sunday activities. There were approximately 20 full time attendees. On January 7th I did an estimate for work required to provide Sister Casita Thompson with livable housing as she has been told that she must leave the house that she has been living in. Sister Casita suffered a stroke, but is able to do many of the household chores. Her husband, who is not a member of the meeting, is a subsistence farmer who takes good care of her needs.
The amount required to restore Sister Casita’s dwelling, which is located on family property, is $30,000JD ($336US). I will be using the welfare money in the budget for January, February and March to cover these expenses. The young men in Port Maria and Round Hill have volunteered to do the work. Leecroft Blair’s father is in the construction business and will oversee the work.
Port Maria Brethren: Marcel, Jason, & Bulky (right)
Bro Leecroft – Round Hill
On January 7th Bro Jason and I visited Sis Marjorie Harley and Sis Janetta Eliott and did some leafleting in Mandeville. We also met with Leecroft’s dad to complete the estimate on Sis Casita’s house.
On January 9th I received a call from Sis Udaphne MacLoud regarding welfare matters. She needs to have her eyes tested and usually Bro Andrew Bassford does that work. Bro Andrew could not do the eye exam at that time, but my expectation is that it has since been completed.
On January 11th I met with an interested contact in Brownstown. On the 12th I stopped by Olive Powell’s shop. She is another interested contact.
On January 13th we held the first mentoring workshop at Cambridge. Later in the week I did some leafleting in St Ann’s Bay.
On January 18th I got the van inspected so that it could be put back on the road. I am grateful that my daughter was willing to let me use her vehicle during the interim.
Van vehicles must pass inspection
On January 19th I did some leafleting in Brown’s Town. On January 20th I did leafleting at the St Ann’s Bay hospital.
On January 23rd I attended the CBMJ delegates meeting after stopping at Casita’s home for her to have a conversation with Sis Linda. There was no election at the CBMJ meeting and the implication from that is that I will continue to be the Welfare Committee Chairman. Bro. Patrick Johnson has taken on the role of CBMJ Secretary.
Bro Patrick Johnson
On January 28th we had a mentoring workshop at Cambridge which was attended by the young men, Bro Campbell, Sis Mildred and Sis Alissa. On January 29th I did some leafleting in Ocho Rios. On January 30th I did leafleting in Brown’s Town which is my habit when I take my wife to market.
February 1st I ran an errand in Brown’s Town and did more leafleting. On February 2nd Bro Campbell, Sis Dorothy and I went to visit Sis Daisy and did some leafleting at the Crossroads in Kingston. I was so thrilled with the reception we received on the 2nd that I returned to Kingston on the 3rd to do more leafleting. Again I received a good reception. The focus that day was on the Jews in God’s Purpose. On February 4th I did work in Ocho Rios. On February 5th Sis Linda and I worked on workshops and study days.
During the period when Sis Linda was off-island I took over the transportation requirements for Port Maria when Bulky was in class. On Monday we went to Port Antonio with Bro Les and Sis Sharron. On Tuesday we went to Kingston to visit Sis Daisy, held a meeting with Bro James Samuels. Bro Les, Sis Sharron, Bro Campbell and Bro Bulky all made that time with me.
Road into Kingston – from the north
On Wednesday I went to Brown’s Town to work out meeting times with my contacts. In the evening I picked up the Chris and the usual attendees. While I was prepared to conduct a Bible class it was suggested that we do the Daily Readings instead.
On Thursday I was in St Ann’s Bay leafleting. On Friday Sis Linda and I went to Ocho Rios to change the insurance on the Port Maria van. Saturday was leafleting Brown’s Town as usual.
On February 16th Marcel and I visited Sis Udaphne in Norwood and did some leafleting in Montego Bay.
On February 17th we attended the Fraternal Gathering in Kingston.
Sample of Fraternal Gathering singing
At that time Bro Melvin spoke to me about the Welfare Committee Chairmanship. It is his understanding that this is no longer my role. I will wait for clarification at the next CBMJ Delegates’ Meeting.
On February 23rd I went to Kingston to try to purchase a tailgate (the door on the back of the van). I was not successful in finding a tailgate, what I did pick up was a virus that landed me in hospital for 2 days. It took me a few days to recover.