Greetings in Jesus’ Name from the Caribbean,
It is a wonderful place to serve The Lord, but it is especially wonderful when you realize how blessed it is to be chosen to be a servant of the Creator of the Universe 1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
Late Friday afternoon, the 31st of August, we received the word that we were needed to fill in as temporary pastor for the Good News Baptist Church, Grand Cayman, and that evening we made quick preparations to depart on Monday. But, it was a Labor Day Weekend and things just couldn’t be accomplished that quickly, and I realized that I had another appointment with the VA doctor on Wednesday the 5th. So, that lessened the crunch and we made preparations for Friday, but found that Monday the 12th of September was really the first possible date that we could arrive on island.
Two fine deacons from the church picked us up at the Grand Cayman airport after an hour and a half flight from Tampa, and then took us to the parsonage which is a few miles from the church, and has a large walled in yard though the walls are not high enough to keep out all of the numerous bugs (scorpions, centipedes, etc.), and larger animals like chickens and iguana. In the quite large yard there are several different tropical fruit trees, such as mango, papaya, coconut, sweet sop, bread fruit, avocado, guava, ackee, and moringa. Unfortunately, we seem to be between seasons and just quava, a few ackee and a few sweet sop are left… oh, there are boocoodles of coconuts (me misses me mangos, man). I just had some sweet sop with my breakfast, and it was really good …it’s like a sweet custard with seeds. Tuesday we killed two 5-6 inch centipedes near the sofa, and Wednesday morning at about 0645 Linda called me to dispatch a large 4-5 inch dark brown scorpion guarding the middle of the kitchen floor.
The Wednesday evening service was a good one with probably 40-50 folks in attendance. The rest of the week we spent getting accustomed to the island life, and preparing for Sunday services. Then Sunday morning there were 83 in attendance and I preached a message on preparing for the rapture. For Sunday evening there were about the same as Wednesday evening in attendance, and I preached on the Mystery of the Gospel.
As of yesterday, Sunday the 16th, we have access to the church van. Driving is on the left here, like all of those years on Okinawa. In the daytime it’s hard to get lost as long as the sun is visible, but night is a different story …it is just a small island though.
Thank you for your continued faithfulness to support us in the midst of our medical difficulties. We have changed doctors and Linda’s knee and left leg problems a minimal right now. The VA is still working with me, though it’s on hold for a few months. Please pray for my health, it needs continued attention. Be sure, folks continue to be ministered to, and souls influenced to the Savior.
We are available for meetings especially after the new year, so please contact us! Once again, I want to thank you all. And, always remember to thank God for everything – Proverbs 21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
In Christ’s Service,
Chuck and Linda Truitt