Hey guys! I have some great news to share with you. I will be going on a mission trip to share the Gospel in Antigua, August 11th-17th, along with two friends of mine, Ryan and Jenny, and a group from Gethsemane Baptist Church!
Antigua!!? Where is that!?
A Little History Lesson*
Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.
Known for its large-scale sugar cultivation, Antigua is a very pretty island with picturesque stone towers now serving as houses, bars, restaurants and shops. Most Antiguans are of African lineage, descendants of slaves brought to the island centuries ago to labor in the sugarcane fields. However, Antigua’s history of habitation extends as far back as two and a half millennia before Christ. The earliest European contact with the island was made by Christopher Columbus during his second Caribbean voyage (1493), who sighted the island in passing and named it after Santa Maria la Antigua, the miracle-working saint of Seville.
A Contemporary Look
This sounds great as far as the background, but we got the inside scoop on what’s happening in the country today. The leaders of Gethsemane church have informed the team on the current state of Antigua’s youth.
The Antigen kids we’ll work with have little hope. Their prospects in adolescence are prostitution, drug use, and gangs. If they survive to adulthood, then addictions to sex and alcohol will hinder their landing a steady job. They need to know God is always near, always forgives, and always loves. And the first step in experiencing that is trusting in Jesus Christ’s work on the cross.
All week of the mission trip, we will be conducting Vacation Bible School, teaching the Antigen kids about God’s Faithfulness: How God Keeps His Promises. We will be going through characters in the Bible such as Abraham, Ruth, David, and of course Jesus Himself. We want to show them how the Lord shows His faithfulness and how each person’s life points straight to Christ. Using our personal testimonies as well, the team will give witness to how God is certainly a God of Faith.
Along with VBS, the squad gets to do recreational activities with the kids, puppet shows, and worship together with song and praise. Our goal is to point the little ones directly to the One who loves them, forgives them and is faithful to them always.
I personally wanted our readers and the Antigua Prayer Team (APT) apart of this amazing journey! During the week of Aug 11-17, I will frequently post what all is going on down in the West Indies with the kids. Look forward to some pictures, prayer requests, journal entries, and things I may learn about missions and the country. You are now a part of God’s mission!
So, Team… Get ready. Saddle up. Buckle your seatbelts. We are OFF TO ANTIGUA!!!!!
John 20:21 So Jesus said to them, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.”
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