Tom has been spending most of his time in Balaclava. He is preparing exhorts and Bible classes and is getting used to doing the presiding when there are only one or two brothers.
Linda and Tom in Mt Pleasant – they rent Bro Andrew’s home
Sis Iris lives next door to Andrew’s house. She is 86 and has arthritis pretty bad. She is able to walk down the hill to meeting and Bible class but needs to get a ride back to her house.
Bro Andrew’s house
View from mountain top
Sis Letisha lives on the down-hill side of Andrew’s house. She gets out on Sunday, but sometimes gets home from school (she is a teacher) while I am picking up Rose. She has been very interested in having a Bible discussion session after meeting when we get together with the brothers and sisters from Round Hill.
Letisha and Chloe
Interested friends – these folks all attend both the mid-week Bible class and the Sunday service faithfully.
Rene is related to Kimroy Allen in some way, he has grown children, grand children and great grand children. He recently came back to Jamaica from England.
The first week that I had Sunday school Grace’s two sons came – Ramnaresh is 4 and Shaquan Is 7. The second week Grace had invited a friend of Shaquan’s. Deroni is 8 and his brother Dillon is 9. So the Sunday school is growing.
Andrew and Delona had established a routine to get the folks in Mt Pleasant and those in Round Hill together. Delona and Letisha grew up in the Round Hill ecclesia. We are continuing that practice. On the first week of the month the folks from Round Hill come to Mt Pleasant for the Memorial service. This is followed by a picnic lunch and a Bible discussion. They have been renting a van and around 14 people come.
Round Hill ecclesia
On the third Sunday we go to Round Hill and it is the same routine – Memorial service, lunch and a Bible talk. When we travel there are 12 of us who go. This may go up to 14 if Deroni and Dillon are allowed to come with us.
On Friday evening Bulky and I had been traveling to Round Hill for CYC. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get there. They have been very pleased to have us support their activities. This has also provided Bulky with fellowship and support from the young brothers who are a bit older than him, more settled and very keen on talking about the Bible. We have very good discussions.
Oniel and Marlon hold classes on Saturday in Math and English to help the Sunday school students pass their exams. In the afternoon they visit homes in the area and have discussions with anyone who will invite them in. Bulky is planning to go to Round Hill on Saturday to see how they do it and once he is comfortable, we intend to invite them to come to Mt Pleasant and work with Bulky and Kimroy in our neighborhood.
Sis Blanch has asked me to come to Free Hill to help out there. She would like me to work with her as she witnesses to a lady who holds a Sunday school class and has asked Blanch for materials. They have been having discussions for some time. I have supplied Blanch with some Sunday school materials. She has nine students at times.
Free Hill ecclesia
She would also like Tom, Bulky and I to come to their mid-week Bible class every now and then. She feels that Bro Malchus needs the support. Most of the work has been falling to Bro Martin.
The van was used for all cross island trips during the first two weeks of January. We took Sis Enid, Sis Deb and the members from Port Maria who could attend to Year End Bible School in Kendal. Bro Jonathan and Sis Megan Sabo were staying in Mt Pleasant. We had met them at the airport in MoBay and brought them to Balaclava then went to Port Maria for the week while they supported the work in Mt Pleasant and Round Hill.
Sis Enid – Port Antonio
Sis Enid was taken to St Thomas on January 7 for a pre-surgery eye exam. Bro Martin accompanied us so that he could show us where the ecclesia in White Horses is located. The doctor’s office was only a few kilometers from the ecclesial hall.
Baptism in Round Hill – January 15– took the members and interested friends from Mt Pleasant. Alissa Fisher from Port Maria was brought to Round Hill. Tucker, who was baptized that day, is the young man that is interested in her. It was on the trip to the baptism that the van was damaged. It came out of the spray shop on March 3. The Rav was used for all transportation during February.
During January and February we traveled between Port Maria and Mt Pleasant each week: holding mid-week Bible class, attending Memorial Service and driving on Mondays.
Port Maria ecclesia – located on Isaacs property
Sis Dorothy Isaacs with the “kids”
It became clear that this schedule was not sustainable. During the latter part of February Bulky stayed in Port Maria to oversee the work on the van and move the process along. I focused my efforts in Mt Pleasant and Bro Martin began attending the Memorial service in Port Maria twice a month. He picked up Sis Shanna on these weeks and held an adult Bible class after meeting on those Sundays. I drove to Port Maria on Monday, held pre-baptism class with Shantel on Tuesday and pre-baptism class with Bulky’s mother on Wednesday evenings then returned to Mt Pleasant for mid-week Bible class on Thursday evenings.
We also made two trips to Port Antonio to visit Sis Enid. She had been scheduled to have eye surgery on February 7th, but was not feeling well. The following day she was taken to the hospital. Her surgery was rescheduled for the 21st, the next available date. When I called on the Friday before the surgery to check on her, I learned that she had again been taken to the hospital with a possible stroke. James and Joyce went to the hospital and reported back to me. Bulky and I went to her home to visit once she had been discharged and held a breaking of bread service with her. Sis Enid is currently bed-ridden and very lonely. Bro Martin took Sisters Dorothy, Alissa and Mildred to see her that week as well. She was much encouraged by these visits. She can no longer read, but seems to be afraid of the surgery which may be the reason her blood pressure keeps spiking around the time of scheduled surgery. Bro Martin is taking the members of Free Hill and Port Maria to Port Antonio to have a breaking of bread service with her today and to deliver the Bible on CD so that she can listen to the daily readings.
Fraternal Gathering – March 9 – took members and interested friends from Mt Pleasant. This was the first event beyond Round Hill that they have attended. They were all very thankful for the opportunity. I had brought Alissa to Round Hill earlier so that she could visit with Tucker and his family and attend sisters’ classes and CYC there. She rode with the members from Round Hill. Bro Martin brought Sis Dorothy and Bro Campbell. All members from Port Maria who expressed an interest in attending the Gathering were thus accommodated.
Typical scene 1: passengers arrive
Typical scene 2: unload rented chairs
Typical scene 3: lug and set up chairs
Typical scene 4: enjoy the extra seating arrangements