Greetings from Talparo, Trinidad! Today is day 4 of our mission.
A team of eight from Johnson Ferry arrived to work with the Talparo Pentecostal Church, pastor & his staff, the flock, and community. We were met with several church representatives at the airport, including Mario, the Director of Missions for the area as he and Elvis, our maxie van driver, took us on a tour of the area and then to Victory Heights Bible camp where we will stay for the trip.
Our pre trip preparations for this mission trip included training from the ‘Helping without Hurting in Short Term Mission trips’. The majority of the participants on this trip have served together on the Atlanta Inner City ‘Eagles Nest’ trips over the past many years and we are adapting this new training to this new environment.
Day two, we traveled to Talparo church to meet the Pastor and the church family. We are assisting with adding new windows to the open air church as well as assisting with some drainage issues, but our main focus is working with the church and its leaders. Our program includes teaching sessions on Evangelism Training, Leader ship training, and Spiritual Gifts assessments from JFBC and the North American Mission Board information.
Church leaders from other area churches have also participated as we all work together for His Kingdom work. Traversing this beautiful and bountiful country on community prayer walks always brings out the very friendly people to engage with. Although I cannot pronounce nor spell the names of the foods, I can say they are all interesting and excellent as the church feeds us well with their local produce and foods.
This evening, (Saturday / day 4) we will have a steel drum rally in the Talparo town square. We will be equipped with tracks and church information to share with the attendees.