Island Time

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SPM Mission Team
SPM Mission Team

During the week of July 20, 13 Young Professionals from PRUMC completed work including re-roofing a porch, rebuilding an entire porch, replacing the inside ceiling in a bedroom, replacing the sheet rock in a bathroom, and many other projects on three different houses in Gregory Town on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas for the Bahamas Methodist Habitat ministry.

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Picture of Island of Eleuthera, Bahamas
Island of Eleuthera, Bahamas

As I sat on the back porch of Abe McIntyre’s, the director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat, home right on the Caribbean Sea on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas this past Friday night, I was overcome by the feeling that at that moment in time, I was feeling God’s presence and love in my life more than I ever had in my entire almost 27 years on this Earth.  I was surrounded by the newest members of my family – 12 brothers and sisters from PRUMC Single Professionals Ministry and 40 youth and parents from Columbus FUMC in Columbus, Mississippi.  I was looking out over a choppy sea illuminated by a very hot bonfire.  Overhead was a sky full of stars so visible and bright in a way that, until I made it to the Bahamas, I had never experienced in my life.  The youth were playing an acoustic version of David Crowder Band’s “How He Loves.”  That moment was complete perfection.  With memories of the whole week rushing through my head, there was no place in the world I would have rather been.

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Islander
Islander

Bahamians operate on a different timetable than everyone else.  It’s known as “island time.”  Island time happens for a reason.  People are the focus on Eleuthera, and everything else is second.  The person in front of you is all that matters, and if you walk into a store or home without acknowledging every person by name and find out everything that’s been happening with them since you last saw them, it’s considered rude.  Our group of type-A personalities from the busy city of Atlanta all struggled with grasping the concept of island time in the beginning; however, as we met these people and learned their stories, island time became very clear.  It was about finding God in these people, and let me tell you – they were all full of God’s grace and glory.

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Ocean View
Ocean View

The reason that God called the 13 people from our church to serve on this mission was to be filled with the love and grace shown by all of the wonderful people we met. We have formed a family with all that we came across on the island of Eleuthera, and when we go back next year, we will be able to pick up those relationships right back where they were left off and continue to experience God in everything that we do.  In the meantime, I look forward to making island time a much bigger part of my life here in Atlanta.

Josh S.  
SPM Mission Team Captain

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