Archives for October 2012

An Eventful October!

Whew! October has been one of the craziest months so far. Between a really intense tropical storm, our Meet the King distribution, TCE class and a trip home for me… it’s been one busy month!

Margaret Smith Came to Visit

Maggie, the missionary from Guyana who opened up the work of CEF in St. Kitts last year came to visit us! She was here for a week helping Sean with the TCE class and other various projects! It was so nice to see her again! She left on Friday the 12th which was good because…

Tropical Storm Rafael

On Saturday the 13th, Tropical Storm Rafael hit St. Kitts and Nevis. It brought us 65+ mph wind gusts and a ton of rain. It started raining the Monday before the storm hit and rained off and on all week. Once the storm hit on Saturday the rain didn’t stop until the following Tuesday.

Many people were without power, including us. Our power actually held through the worst of the storm but Sunday morning it went out and stayed off until 10pm Monday evening. We were lucky. Others didn’t get power until well into the week and many were without water.

Tropical Storm Rafael in St. Kitts

Tropical Storm Rafael in St. Kitts and Nevis

Tropical Storm Rafael in St. Kitts and Nevis

Tropical Storm Rafael in St. Kitts and Nevis

It will take a while to get things all cleaned up but praise God nobody died from the storm! Although the island experiences storms often, this one dumped record amounts of rain.

Our Good News Club in Fig Tree was cancelled and Sean had to reschedule some of the assemblies for our Meet the King Distribution but other than that things are returning to normal.

A Week in America

I (Mandi) flew to the States Wednesday the 17th to get minor surgery for two ingrown toenails. After daily visits to the doctor for two weeks we all decided my only option was to go home and have the procedure done there. My doctor (my St. Kitts doctor) strongly urged us not to attempt the procedure here because they simply do not perform ingrown toenail extractions and it would not be very safe if they tried.

Sean and Maddy stayed in St. Kitts and I enjoyed a relaxing week back home with two trips to Chick-Fil-A! (Except for the part where I had minor surgery on two of my toes).  My toes seem to be recovering nicely and I should be back to normal by next week!

Our Tickets for the Holidays Are Purchased!

We will be flying back to the States (all of us this time) on December 17th! We are excited to have our tickets confirmed! We all really miss our family and friends and are looking forward to some much needed rest! We will be in America for one month and will purchase our returning tickets very soon. Thank you to everyone who gave and prayed for us to be able to come home for Christmas! We are still in need of the remaining funds and are confident the Lord will continue to provide!

 Update on ‘Meet the King’ Distribution

Just this week Sean passed out the 2000th Meet the King booklet! That’s 2000 children so far who have not only heard the Gospel but took it home with them to their families! Sean has been stopped in the grocery store twice by kids thanking him for the book! When I returned to St. Kitts and was waiting on my luggage, one of the luggage handlers and I were talking about our family being missionaries in St. Kitts… and he said, “Are you the ones passing out the Jesus booklets in all of the schools?” The best part is that we still have several more schools to attend!

Coming Up

We are almost finished with our Fall TCE (Teaching Children Effectively) class, Sean has finished up his series on the radio and preached his final sermon on Philippians at our church last Sunday. I would say things are settling down but we never know what God has for us! Just when we think we are slowing down, the Lord has us pick up the pace again!

We are Reaching All Primary Age Kids in St. Kitts!

Our ‘Meet the King’ distribution is in full swing! By the end of October we will have reached every primary age child in St. Kitts! We couldn’t be more thrilled at how God is using us!

So far Sean has spoken at five school assemblies and has the rest of the 17 schools scheduled from now until October 31st! By the end of October every child inside of all elementary schools will have heard the Gospel and received a ‘Meet the King’ booklet!

Primary Kids at Beach Allen School in St. Kitts Hear the Gospel and Get a 'Meet the King' Book

Kids at William Conner Primary School in St. Kitts hear the Gospel and get a Meet the King Book

Reaching Primary Schools with ‘Meet the King’ Booklet Schedule:

If you would like to pray for Sean as he teaches in the assemblies and hands out booklets here is the schedule for the rest of the month.

15th – Cayon Primary 267 students

16th – St. Paul’s Primary 192 students

17th – Estrige Primary 91 students

18th – Tucker Clark 446 students

19th – St. Peters 175 students

22nd – Molineaux Primary 103 students

23rd – Newton Ground 107 students

24th – Tabernacle 64 students

26th – Saddlers Primary 101 students

29th – Lodge Village 102 students

30th – Dieppe Bay Primary 108 students

31st – Verchilles 270 students

Teaching Children Effectively Level One Course

Sean will be teaching this course every Tuesday and Thursday evening until the first week of November. We have a total of eight people taking the class! They seem eager to learn and a few of them have never taught children’s ministry at all! We are praying for several Good News Clubs to come out of this class!

Unfortunate Change of Plans Coming Home

I (Mandi) will be coming back to America for a week (October 17th – 24th) to have two ingrown toenails removed. Actually, the procedure is scheduled on my birthday of all days (the 22nd). In late July/early August I stubbed both of my big toes and after a few weeks they both became ingrown. After daily trips to the doctor the decision was made to go home to have them extracted safely. The doctor here tried everything she could but apparently they are not set up to do the surgery safely in St. Kitts. She strongly encouraged us to not have the procedure done at the hospital here because the risk of complications due to negligent care is too high.

Although both big toes are ingrown, the right toe is extremely painful and is so deep that it cannot wait another two months. We had to use the frequent flier miles we were planning for Sean’s ticket at Christmas for me to go back. So now we are in need of around $500 to go home for the holidays. It is frustrating because last week we thought all of the money we needed to raise to go home was complete. But it seems this is the best way to get the medical care needed and we are trusting the Lord to provide for us again.

We would greatly appreciate your prayers for the primary schools, the TCE class, my trip home and the procedure for my toes, for Sean and Maddy as they remain in St. Kitts while I am gone and for us to receive all of the funds needed to go home for the holidays.

Thank you so much for all of your support!