Christian Becker (kneeling, at right, with ballcap), pastor of the First Brethren Church of Buena Vista, Virginia, just returned from a ministry with this team to the Grace Brethren in Trinidad. Here is an excerpt from one of his reports mid-trip. To read his blog click here. For more information on Brethren ministry in Trinidad & Tobago, or to receive regular updates, contact Dr. Chuck Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinidad is the southernmost Caribbean island, located about seven miles off the coast of Venezuela. It’s also known as part of the West Indies (Robinson Crusoe spent some time here).
When we arrived, we had a wonderful reception and dinner at our host’s home, the home of Roger and Kumarie Dabideen.
We had a wonderful day on Sunday. In the morning, the youth praise band led worship and Pastor Roger Dabideen spoke. The Trini people are very friendly and love to sing and worship God. Roger introduced me and asked me to read the Scriptures and share what I would be speaking on in the evening.
More than 60 were in attendance, mostly women and children with some men.
When I think that five years ago there was no church at all, to see that many people was to see a living answer to prayer!
In the evening we had an excellent crowd again (they only have Sun. p.m. Services on special occasions) with several visitors. Again we were led in praise by the Youth Praise Band. Several members sang specials, including songs they had written themselves. Two of the team members shared their testimonies.
Pastor Roger had told me that one of the challenges here is men who fear a commitment to Christ and struggle with faithfulness. So I spoke on “What is A Christian?” We looked at Jesus invitation to Peter to follow him and talked about what it means to truly surrender to Jesus Christ.
This morning I have some free time to study. I’ll be teaching Tuesday morning at a seminar, Wednesday at the Men’s meeting and then Thursday at an evangelistic service.
Thank you, too, for praying for my health. Before I left I feared I was coming down with an upper respiratory infections. But so far it hasn’t gotten any worse than an ear ache and sore throat.
I had a wonderful time in Trinidad and many prayers were answered. Thanks to everyone who prayed. My health improved while I was there and God gave me wisdom and used my ministry to encourage the church and reach the lost.