August 2-4, we were blessed to have 5 of our youth attend the Baptist Association Youth Camp that is held annually here on the island. They had very primitive camp conditions at a beach near Camp Bay (sleeping directly on the sand, cooking all meals outdoors, 5 minute timed showers, etc.) but despite the conditions they had a great weekend together. The theme this year was “Shine” from Matthew 5:15-16. I (David) also had the opportunity to teach a session during camp on evangelism and how to share their personal testimonies.
Also, on August 3, Sidney celebrated her 16th birthday! We praise God for another year of life for her. Even though she wasn’t home she had a blessed day and everyone at camp sang happy birthday to her as well.
August 3-6, we hosted a team from Project Playground out of Conroe, TX. We were blessed to get to partner with them, Roatan Children’s Ministry and the leadership of our Santos Guardiola Municipality to bring 5 playgrounds to communities across the island. The Lord graciously worked everything out for us to be able to place the largest playground on the island right here on the point in Oak Ridge at our Fishers of Mens Sports Field!
Amazingly enough, the largest playground on the island was assembled in just over 12 hours. All the playground pieces were loaded from the shipping container into an empty garbage truck. Then driven into Oak Ridge and some pieces were loaded into our boat and carried across the harbor to the point and larger pieces were put in the empty “garbage boat” and carried across the harbor. Then we worked together to hand carry each piece (including a 450 lb. rock wall) from the dock to the construction area. Project Playground brought their own construction crew and we worked alongside them for just over 12 hours straight to get the playground installed. It was hard work in the hot sun but it was actually so much fun. The playground was closed for 48 hours for the cement to set and then we held a grand opening and dedication ceremony for the new community playground.
This playground is such a blessing to families in our community as there has never been anything like this in Oak Ridge for children to enjoy. Even the local schools are bringing their students throughout the week to enjoy playing on it also. We are excited to have another means of evangelism and outreach too as the playground is usually pretty crowded with kids and families playing every evening. We praise God for how He opened doors that allowed these playgrounds to be brought to Roatan!
August 15-17, Gretta was asked to be the speaker for the R Church Women’s Retreat in West Bay. R Church is a non-denominational church that is mostly comprised of expats. The theme of their retreat was “Soul Detox”. Gretta enjoyed making new friends as she spent time at the retreat with these ladies, enjoyed sweet times of worship and prayer, and she enjoyed sharing the messages the Lord had given her for this event.
I was recently asked to facilitate a men’s Bible study that would be open to men from all over the east end of the island (where we live). The owner of Lionfish Louie’s restaurant at Beach Club Roatan is a Christian and he desired to make his restaurant available for this Bible study on Saturday mornings. He provides free coffee and a very discounted breakfast menu for all the men who come for the study. We enjoy a delicious breakfast and time of fellowship together, then we read a passage of scripture, then I share some teaching on this passage/subject, followed by open discussion about how to apply what we’ve studied to our everyday lives and then we close in prayer together. We have had a great turnout each week and lots of great discussions as well. Please pray for me as I teach and lead these men each week and also pray for them to grow spiritually and be bold witnesses for the gospel in the different communities they live in.