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Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things, ... Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp <or flute J>, with the harp and the sound of singing, ... Shout for JOY before the LORD, the King, ...

Psalm 98 

I remember Steve staying up at night playing his flute.

I remember our daily devotionals and even though I was never quite ready for the day, I felt a little more prepared after our morning devotionals.

I remember how Kelly was like RAMBO (in a good way J) with her bandana on she was ready for whatever came her way.  Tough and strong but nice and sweet, she was always there to lend a hand whether that was to help strip and screw (the ceiling panels!) or sing you J out of bed in the morning.

"... to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship ... I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you: ..."

Exodus 31: 5-6 


I remember Nigel had such a great attitude.  And that was such a blessing in itself.  "It's  Okay Mon!" with a bright wide smile is pressed in my memory forever...and is probably my most favorite stress-relieving quote to date.  J "It's Okay Mon!"

I remember sharing with Meredith... to do over or not to do over? And us trying our hand at carpentry.   Didn't  Bill Upchurch tell us we would gain skills and learn about ourselves while we where here...

Well every time I pick up a hammer, a saw, or some nails I'm amazed that I can turn the product around into useful things. 

My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit -- fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  This is my command:  Love each other.

John 15:12-17 


Something I still baffle about is Floyd's  recount of his testimony to God on Friday night.  He explained how he prayed to God to help him go boating/swimming with the group from Alamo Heights and how he called in sick and his prayers were answered.  How then he sort of got caught by a co-worker or something????

All throughout the trip we were shuttled around by Christopher and occasionally Bill.  This was just an added little perk from my point of view.  The fact that I could ride around town and talk to a native of the country/city about landmarks around town and discuss cultural difference, to be able to sit and listen to explanations as to why something is the way it is was  simply fascinating and truly a blessing.

The night before we left Guyana, we stayed up practically all night... I think I had 1 1/2 hours of sleep that night.  Joness, our housemother, stayed the night to make sure we were up and at 'em first thing in the morning!  Waveney and Kurt stayed with us at the airport until we had to pass through security.  Saying "Good-bye" was so hard.  

Little sleep the night before and for a couple of nights prior left me very sleep deprived.  In fact, I felt like a zombie walking off of the plane into the Barbados airport.  While standing in line filling out all of the paperwork, I could not remember my phone number (o.k. that's not too unusual) but I could not remember my address.  My mind was so jumbled.

One thing I did learn is that when traveling abroad, check the airport rules.  We found out the hard way that camouflage is not allowed (in any shape, form, or function) into the country.  In Barbados, the food was normal, drinks were good, the beach was beautiful, and the friends I made are priceless!

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