March to July 2011
There has been inreach (instruction for baptism at Free Hill & Port Maria – Sunday school members) and outreach (studying with contacts from leafletting and personal encounters). I am also counseling Conroy, per agreement with the Port Maria ecclesia discipline process. This counselling and the discipline process should end on July 19th based upon his faithful compliance to date.
Bro Conroy (Bulky) – Port Maria ecclesia
I also go to Port Maria twice per month to exhort and twice per month to lead the adult Bible class. This class is faithfully attended by Dorothy, Jason, Ali, Marcel and Conroy. Saneesha, Anita, and Katja also attend regularly.
On most Wednesdays I participate in the Bible class in Round Hill and have proposed to do a course on leadership with them. This is under consideration at the moment. Since they have some sort of study going on almost every evening, they are trying to figure out how to fit it into their schedule.
Martin with Bro Chris in Round Hill meeting room
Visits with shut-ins are done weekly. Twice a month I visit Sister Hall in Port Antonio on Tuesdays. On my return from Round Hill I visit Sister Harley in Royal Flats, Manchester. Sister Daisy Allen in the nursing home in Kingston is visited at least twice a month on a Friday. I make frequent calls to Sister Udaphne in Norwood. Because of the volatility in the area I visit infrequently so as not to endanger myself. I have not gone to Argyle Mountain as Bro Ray has been a frequent visitor there and Bro Siswe has now returned. Also there is a visiting roster that is being used by the CBMJ which provides exhorting brethren to isolated ecclesias. I also do get frequent updates on the condition there. Should an emergency arise I would be sure to attend to the same.
As it relates to the programs that we had planned for the year, you may have understood by now that some planned activities have been undertaken by CBMJ and some dates have conflicted. We are currenlty considering the needs in Jamaica at the moment. Workshops have been scheduled and delivered in abundance during the first half of the year (e.g., workshop on preaching).
Upper portion of workshop flyer
Bottom portion of workshop flyer
The Vacation Bible School (VBS) that we had planned for White Horses had been taken up by the CBMJ. That has not come to pass as Sister Doreen was concerned about the ruralness of the areas relative to her safety and reasonably so due to the conditions in Jamaica at the moment. Sister Doreen will be leaving VBS supplies on Noah’s Ark which I will take to White Horses. Sister Joan is happy to receive the materials and is looking forward to having them on Sunday coming. She will schedule the VBS as soon as possible. I will be delivering them to Bro Stanley tomorrow.
Family Days seem to be off at the moment. Brother Keith talked of a resumption, but he was not able to do so while he was recovering from the accident on Easter weekend.
I am waiting for Marlon’s input with regard to the Round Hill P2P Project. They are very upbeat about it.
Most of my time since the first of the year has been taken up with picking up the work due to Linda’s transition from Port Maria. While the members there would like to be on their own, that is not very realistic. I find that it is necessary to do the work and that will be the case for the forseeable future. The non-welfare issues have made it necessary for me to be there at least 4 times a month.
[Insert my Bro Norm Fadelle: Bro Martin modestly did not report anything on the critical role he played in transporting Bro Roy Lansing from his collapse in the Round Hill sleeping quarters to the Black River hospital clinic in the early hours of Friday, May 20.
Road (very bumpy) down from Round Hill to the coast and Black River – Friday morning
He then drove me over to Montego Bay to meet up with the ambulance that transported Roy to a facility equipped to deal with stroke patients. He spent Saturday picking up Sis Beth Lansing and Sharron Hill-Wilson from the airport and shuttling them to the Montego Bay clinic and back to the hotel. On Sunday, he provided similar commuting and errand service until Roy and Beth were flown off the island via Medivac helicopter that evening just prior to the airport controller strike. Finally on Monday morning, Martin took Sharron and me to the airport before heading back home 3 days later than planned. Martin provided the emblems for an ad hoc Sunday breaking-of-bread with Roy as he lay in his hospital bed hooked up to the IV]
Martin in front of Sharron and Beth, with Roy in background
Emblems provided by a resourceful Martin