Well the rain finally came today. And boy was it cold. I have been cold before....but this cold was different. It was a damp deep penetrating cold rain. We setup this morning in the rain. Followed by a really small window of sunshine, followed by more rain mixed with sleet. It was very very windy and that just made it cut you like a knife.
But none-the-less we made the most of it. We gave away lots of Bibles, bracelets, hot dogs and coffee/hot cocoa. We had a chance to talk to all sorts of people today. Old and young, dirty and clean, hard working fishermen to Army soldiers. It is most astounding how many varieties of people are on this small island. It isn't at all like our neck of the woods. All kinds of races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and socio-economic levels of people. It really is amazing just to stand there and people watch. God has brought a large group of people to this place for a purpose. If we could only reach them all.
I have to admit, that I have struggled with sharing my faith with complete strangers. I have no problem with handing them a hot dog or a bracelet, but witnessing is surprisingly tough and even scary for me. I am really impressed with some of our fellow mission workers. They really have it down with the evangelism. Me not so much. But, I am getting more confident and able to reach out a little more each time. It is just so different to hear someone say, " I found god in the electron," or "I am a evolutionist/revelationist," or "I am an ____________" Just not your typical Mississippi responses to the Gospel. But I'll keep trying.
I do have to say that one of my favorite times here is at night. We have a worship time at night with everyone. We sing a few songs with a guitar, then someone gives a devotional, and then we share about the day. It is totally freeing to worship this way. No restrictions, no rules, no order of worship. Just communing with God and our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a great feeling. I have really come to enjoy hearing other peoples perspective on things. It is truly uplifting.
I have also hit it off with the summer bsu/bsm missionaries that are here. They are great young Christians with big hearts. It has been said here a few times that the fellowship is amazing. The differences in distance, cultures and backgrounds that the Holy Spirit can make into lasting friendships in short order is just unbelievable. He is so good at putting us together in the Body.
Tomorrow will come sooner than I want. Sleep is a rare commodity. So for now I'll go. Love you Amy, Marshall and Sarah. See you soon.