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Week in Mandeville, Jamaica

Posted Mar 03 2009 2:22pm

Last week we spent the week in at the Stones Hope base in Mandeville which is way up in the mountains and around 3 hours drive from Montego Bay.  The scenery was incredible and with hardly any light pollution the stars were very beautful, it was interesting seeing how different the constellations were on the other side of the world. The weather was also quite different to Montego Bay, much cooler and with storms and showers.

Me with the one of the children Me with one of the Children

It was cool to know the YWAM stones hope team and staff there. I also rediscovered that the amazing drink that is Milo

Me with the Milo

Me with the Milo

is not just limited to Thailand but sold in Jamaica also!. The teaching by Graham Warfare on `Two Kingdoms’, Spiritual warfare was incredible and we all learnt so much in lesson time. We also had opportunities to have a 1 on 1 prayer time with the speaker which was amazing. When he prayed for me I felt alot of things. Of some of those I felt the restlessness and disquiet in my mind go and instantly felt more at Peace.

When the showers came the rain was much warmer than back in England and a few of us guys ran around like fools dancing and sprinting around in the rain. This was much to the amusement of all the nearby Jamaican kids who go to a Christian school on the base.

Were now back in Montego Bay, this weekend the teaching is on the character of God and the Kingdom of God and has already been really eye opening. In Montego Bay we went to a park and played some songs on the djembe and guitar singing along as a group.  The idea was it would attract music loving Jamaicans and it worked. We had a opportunity to chat to a few locals about God aswell as letting them join in on some music good times.

DTS Crew Jamming in the Park

DTS Crew Jamming in the Park

Down the road from the base we found a mineral water cave you can swim in and come up in a different part of the spring. It goes down very deep, by holding our noses and keeping the pressure right as we went down we found a much longer cave at the bottom which we think connects to another cave we found a little way along. We’re trying to get hold of some glowsticks so we can find out and test our theory.

On Friday a team of 50 youth around 18-19 years of age from Georgia are staying here for a week, should make the base alot busier and give us many more people to get to know.  Looking forward to it.

Nighttime in the ghetto of Montego Bay

Nighttime in the ghetto of Montego Bay

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