October 30, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy update
Hurricane Sandy hit the east end of Jamaica before proceeding northward to U.S. I received a report from Jacko this morning:
-Three of the parishes were hit hard and one has been declared a disaster area
-Crop damage was severe. This will impact the supply/price of food
-Many people are still in shelters
-Jacko cannot enter the Penwood community because of roads blocked by fallen trees. He does know there is no electricity because utility pools were torn down.
-There is a dust to dawn curfew in Kingston to discourage looting and such
-There is much concern for the fragile Jamaican economy
The Christmas Baskets may be a greater-than-expected blessing. God does plan ahead.
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May 8, 2012 – Family update & TCTJ Newsletter
Carmen and I send you greetings from Jamaica. We continue to serve joyfully here for the glory of God as he renews our strength day by day. He continues to renew our passion for the lost, and gives us his abundant grace. Our beautiful island faces many challenges, some brought about by the economic downturn, some by poor leadership and governance, some by a disintegrating family life.
Leadership and family life training is of vital importance to a culture such as this. We have seen among us at Kencot, families who have stood on the word of God and remained focused on allowing Him to sustain their families. We are blessed to see families like the Robertson’s, who have come to know Christ and are guiding their daughters to love and honor the Lord. Craig Francis is growing in his ability to handle to Word and has strong support from his wife Cindy.
Carmen and I miss the fellowship with our own children and granddaughter and we are so grateful for their spiritual growth and development. The Lord has however given us a family here to nurture. We have the joy of loving the precious kids here, some of whom are abused in many ways. We have the privilege of mentoring and being an encouragement to many who struggle in their marriages, those with emotional challenges and those who are oppressed by evil one. We have the honor of teaching and training men and women about the power and might of our God who loves them desires to transform their lives.
We know we are placed her for this season, and could not face the daily challenges without your love prayers and support. We know we could not be the source of influence, without our reliance on Him and without Him enabling us to do so.
Errol travels in two weeks to the island of Antigua, where he will hold a Family Life seminar. Please keep him in prayer as he travels that God will use him to be a blessing to the families and Leaders there.
Please continue to keep the work here and us in your prayers that God will continue to order our footsteps and to hold us in the right hand of His righteousness.
Love, Because of our Lord,
Errol and Carmen
April 9, 2012 – Prayer request for Jacko
We had a huge fire at a landfill close to Penwood about a month ago, and since then I have been having respiratory problems. It has only been recently revealed that the air, during the week of the landfill fire, had a number of carcigenogens and it was about four times above the accepted WHO levels. A significant of persons, in and around the area of the landfill, have been having respiratory problems also (including some of our church members). I am having asthma-like symptoms (wheezing, infected sinus draining and a persistent cough). I have gone to the doctors twice and received two different antibiotics plus inhalers and bronchial medications, however I am still suffering. I will be seeing the doctor in the morning because I cannot sleep at nights because of the hacking cough and wheezing. It has been challenging for the family and all this stress has also increased my blood pressure. I continue to wait on the Lord to fully restore my health!
Hope you are fine. Take care and God bless you!