Thanks for faithfully supporting us in one way or another through out the past year. We give praise to God for you in 2017 and we welcome 2018 with great hope in Him who is able to do infinitely more than we could ever ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.
We are thankful to God who made it possible for us to spend two refreshing weeks in Guadeloupe in November. Our gratitude also goes out to friends that were sensitive to the Holy Spirit to make this possible.
It will soon be one year since we moved to this new base location, 2017 have proven to be one of the toughest years so far since we started Pionearing in Saint Lucia. With this we are also sensing that God may be directing us into a new season of life as a family and ministry, we remain in prayer for details.
Asaph continues to be home schooled by Marylin, Guy chipping in from time to time. As he quickly prepares to turn 7 in May, he is doing remarkably well for his grade 1 so far.
THE KIDS CLUB AND CHRISTMAS
The 10 to 15 kids attending the kids club every Saturday from 2 to 4pm continue to enjoy it as the volunteers work with them to establish biblical foundations of true worship and life for the glory of God. They enjoyed helping make cookies with the staff and even went along to distribute it to the Police Station and Fire Station for our annual Christmas Cookies Treat. The kids enjoy the large lawn at the base, and make good use of it
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIES TREAT
Every year since we started the ministry in Saint Lucia, during the Christmas season, we bake cookies to distribute to the community helpers like the police men and firemen and others to remind them the sense of Christmas. This year was a little special with the participation of our kids club. To add more taste to Christmas this year one of the volunteers who was already there last year, Edrysha suggested the idea of Christmas Caroling and organized a group of five volunteers to sing Christmas Carols at the Rodney Bay Mall. We appreciated the potential of such ministry if developed.
Logos Hope visited Saint Lucia
The Advance team came a few month earlier to prepare for the arrival of the OM ship. YWAM Saint Lucia was honored to house the team of three during their stay on the Island to prepare the arrival of the Operation Mobilization (OM) book ship.
Mission With The Local Church
PAWI is one of the important evangelical denomination in Saint Lucia. Marylin has been giving leadership to PAWI Saint Lucia Missions on the Island since we started, this adds to some of our Responsibilities. Every year to close it's mission activities PAWI Saint Lucia Missions organise a Children Christmas treat in the village of Canaries. This year the kids from the Canaries primary and infant schools received each a gift distributed by PAWI Saint Lucia Missions department with the cooperation of Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan purse) and CEF.
One of our Short term staff Shawn who has been with us for 3 months now brought the idea of a Youth Retreat that seem to be a perfect fit of our vision for the development of youth leaders in this context. Despite the fact that we have not had much response yet for the initial promotion, we continue to pray and believe that some of the key teachings planned for the retreat like the Biblical Peace Making series that deals with Conflict Resolution are well needed in the nation and we are considering integrating it in our part time DTS. We are recruiting students for the second MDTS1. Pray that we will get more students for those part time training as we continue to serve the body of Christ and make ourselves available to be a blessing to the Nation.
THE YWAM BASE
We are still struggling to pay the monthly rent for the actual base despite it’s strategic location and the potential it offers. We are praying to go into a venture to recruit more partners so that the preoccupation for rent doesn’t take more place than the focus in developing the ministry He called us to do.
Pray for 100 more partners willing to commit support and follow through consistently to alleviate the existing burden.
UPCOMING YWAM CARIBBEAN LEADERS GATHERING
The upcoming Regional Leadership Meeting to be held in Orlando in May 2018 appears to be a crucial one in terms of strategy in the Caribbean Region. Please join us in prayer for all the resources to come in for us to be able to attend this conference as a family. We are trusting God to provide an estimate of US$ 3500 to cover airfare and conference fees for the family to attend.