Friday, December 2, 2011

A Week at YWAM in Barbados

We have spent this past week at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in the beautiful Caribbean country of Barbados teaching at a Justice Discipleship Training School (DTS) about Children at Risk (to read more about a Justice DTS in Barbados click here).  Here is a photo of us with the students of the school.


Enjoy reading this post and seeing photos of our adventures in beautiful Barbados!
Thankfully Sophia did well on the plane and even took a good nap during the 4 hour flight.


We all arrived in Barbados happy!  A photo of us before heading over to the YWAM Barbados base.

 We soon learned that in Barbados everyone drives on the left side of the road and the cars are made opposite to what we are both used to.  It threw both Felipe and I off a few times.

Arriving at the Youth With A Mission Barbados campus!


The main house on campus. We stayed in a lovely apartment (which is bigger than our little house in Brazil) on the top floor.

The main classroom on campus.  Felipe and I both loved the sign on the front which reads, "To know God and make Him known."  This is the YWAM slogan which basically tells what YWAM is all about.

I started the week teaching the Justice DTS about the Categories of Children at Risk.

Felipe continued the week teaching about the Characteristics of a Pure Child, Working with Children at Risk and Community Development. In this photo he is presenting a book he made with his photography.


At times it was raining extremely hard outside so Felipe needed to use a microphone to be heard in the classroom.

 
While visiting we got to show the students the documentary "That's Life in Brazil" which tells about the various YWAM ministries reaching out to children living in at risk situations in Belo Horizonte, Brazil - where we serve.


We also watched the documentary Invisible Children, which tells about the suffering of child soldiers in Africa.  If you have never heard about this I strongly encourage you to check it out at: http://www.invisiblechildren.com/.



One morning I had the opportunity to lead worship and it was an encouraging time in the Lord's presence.

Tuesday night we celebrated Barbados' Independence day with the staff and students of YWAM Barbados! We played Barbadian games and enjoyed typical Barbadian refreshments.  There was lots of laughter and fun this night!

 A common Barbadian snack- fishcakes!  They were very tasty!

During our time in Barbados, Sophia really enjoyed playing with her new friend, the son of some YWAM missionaries.


Every morning we would give class from 9:00- 12:30 and then in the afternoons and evenings we were free to rest, prepare for the next day's class, hang out with YWAM staff and students, or go out and explore the island a bit.  We went out a few times (even in the rain) to see the beauty of Barbados!

Waiting to catch a city bus to go to the beach. 


At Carlisle bay beach, a calm beach that is well known for the sea turtles that swim in it's waters.


 Sophia LOVED the crystal clear water...

and playing in the sand too! 

 

  Janelle (from Barbados) and her husband Daniel (from Haiti) are the leaders of the Justice DTS.  On November 30th, the Independence Day of Barbados, they treated us to an afternoon of visiting some sites around the island. We had a great time!

Crane Beach!


 A game on the beach - Felipe took some shots of the action...

Janelle and Daniel took us to see Codrington College, which is the oldest Theological College in the western hemisphere.  The grounds are lovely.

A chapel at the college.

Sophia loved the fish, sheep and the ducks at the college!

A beautiful sunset at the end of Indepedence Day!


We are thankful for our time here in Barbados.  During this week God has been continuously encouraging us and reminding us of our calling to reach hurting children at risk.  As we leave Barbados, we are looking forward to the next season the Lord has for us in Brazil as we serve at the Lighthouse Community Center.  We know our Father has a great LOVE for the many children living in the slum where we live and work.  He wants to give them a great HOPE and a FUTURE and we are going back to share this message with them!

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