One day we went into our town, and we were just buying some fruit from a lady street trader that we have known since the last time we came to Jamaica. A homeless man called Andrew from New York walked up to Dad and begged him for some money. Dad had just spent all his money and said that he had nothing to give him.
Anyway, as he does, Dad told him about Jesus and what our Saviour has done for us and asked if he would like to be baptised He wasn’t quite sure at first because all the clothes he owned was what he was wearing, Dad told Andrew to pray and ask God what he should do. Obviously God told him to go ahead and get baptised! He kept on repeating, “I have little faith”. Dad encouraged him and said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you could move mountains.”
When we got to the gate for the beach Dad said to the security guard that he wanted to baptise Andrew and asked if we could just come quickly without paying. He said “We’re closed and you can’t come in.”
As we had been there a lot of times before, we got to know the manager and asked if they could call him and ask if we could come in. Another guard phoned the manager and said that we may go in. The other security guard apologised for being difficult. Anyway, despite the difficulties, Dad baptised Andrew. Afterwards we found out that he had been living in New York and was deported back to his homeland due to drug dealing.
He found it a struggle to walk as he had been wearing the same shoes for months and his feet had become sore, so Dad prayed for him and Andrew said that they were feeling a little better. We got him some new flip flops, then we all ate at KFC together. Another homeless man called Sid who we had baptised a few weeks ago, came over to join us and he said that life was getting better since the baptism.
We thank God for all the people He has bought to us, and are praying that he would bring even more!
Mercy aged 12
It was a Saturday afternoon and my Dad (Steven) had decided to hold the first church meeting in the main park in town in a pergola. This provided shade from the fierce afternoon sun. We invited a few people. The first to arrive were two young men, one of whom we had previously baptised named Dwain. Dwain suffers from diabetes which has affected his legs so he gets around in a wheelchair. The other was his cousin Donique who was pushing the wheelchair.
My Dad (Steven) started to preach the gospel to them. After my Dad preached, the expression Donique’s face looked like he was about to cry. He said to Steven that he would like to be baptised straight away. So my Dad baptised him. Dad found out afterwards that when Donique was 11, he saw both his parents shot in front of him. He had been traumatised for 10 years and God started to heal his heart.
Joshua aged 10
We were out in town one day and just about to have dinner when we noticed a man sitting near us wearing a hat and silver chains around his neck, who looked like he wanted something to eat. We saw this as a good opportunity to share the gospel with him, so my Mum started a conversation with the young man named Sid, and we found out that he had just left prison two weeks ago.
My Dad soon took over the conversation and began preaching to him and asked him if he’s ready to be baptized, he answered “soon” with a strong Jamaican accent which is a very common response here in Jamaica, but we said he could be baptized now just like Paul quoted in Acts 22:16. And that was it. We were soon heading to the beach again which was just around the corner after we had brought Sid some soup. (Us children always make the most of our visits to the beach when baptizing someone and even bring our swimwear sometimes!)
It was actually 6:00 pm at the time and the beach was closed, but the security guards at the beach who know us well let us through for free to baptize people which is a blessing. So there and then on the beautiful beach of Ocho Rios with tall coconut and palm trees surrounding us, Dad buried the old Sid, and up came the new Sid, a child of God.
After being baptized he said that he felt like a burden had lifted off him, and he also felt that some anger that he had towards some people had gone. Praise Jesus. “I feel like a new man,” Sid said.
Faith aged 13
TREVOR AND DEBORAH
It was a warm Jamaican evening and we were looking for a place to live as we had to leave the apartment we were staying at in two days. We decided to go around the corner and look at a house opposite the local fire station which someone had told us about. Unfortunately the owner was not around nor did he answer his phone, so we decided we were going to go home, but God had other plans!
All of a sudden a man named Garfield saw we were looking for someone and asked us where we wanted to go, we said that we are looking for a place to live. He told us about a guest house just around the corner from where we were currently staying. We took the information Garfield gave us about the guesthouse and thanked him.
The same night we looked at the guesthouse and told the lady who owned it who is from Canada what we were looking for, she shouted with a strong voice, “Tallman” which was his nickname and told him to show us a house and when we’d seen it she would sort out a price. We were not sure if we wanted it so we went back home and we were thinking about it.
We went back the next day during the day with the lady where who’s place we were staying in and found we liked it more. Deborah, the owner gave us a really good deal so we decided to take it and moved there the following day.
We saw that Deborah was very open to the gospel, and she said that she wants to rekindle her spiritual life. Within one week she asked us if we can baptize her, so we baptized her.
Then about a week later an evangelist came from the USA and spoke to her husband about being a disciple of Jesus and being baptized. The husband agreed to be baptized so the Evangelist and Steven baptized him. The husband, Trevor is in his 70’s and the wife is in her 60’s.
Sometime later their daughter came from the United States and within a couple of weeks Steven engaged her with the gospel and her heart was also open and she decided to be a disciple of Jesus and get baptized as well. In addition, she asked if her very young children could be baptized but Steven advised dedication instead due to their understanding. Now all that is left is her husband in the USA. Watch this space……..