THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Crivitz Church Member on Mission Trip to Antigua
Issue Date: August 2, 2018
Five Wisconsinites were invited to join Lenny and Kathy Smith in Antigua for a week long missions trip; Ken Atkinson from Northwoods Apostolic Church in Crivitz, Joey Wilbur from H.O.P.E. Ministries in Whitewater, Jessica and Alyssa Palmer from Experience Church in De Pere and Emily Dull from Meadowbrook Church in Green Bay.
On the flight from Chicago to Antigua, pre-established ideas about the country were discussed. Once landed, there were humidity and culture and were warmly greeted by the Smiths and found some expectations were true. The country was beautiful, and on the way to the Praise Tabernacle campus, colored houses lined the bumpy roads.
The group prepared the first evening church service.
The church wasn't as large as anticipated, but worshipped, completely surrendered to the Creator. God wasn't any more present in Antigua than He is in the states, but it was apparent that the Antiguans were more hungry for Him, perhaps it was because of their lack of material things. They were compassionate, had a material defect, they made up in their love of God, and their faith in Him to take care what he provides. A few of the days the group walked throughout the city and invited anyone to join them. Although English was their main language, their dialect made it difficult for us Americans to communicate fluently. The members of Praise Tabernacle held nothing back when telling others about Jesus, His love, and the hope He brings. Main goal was to assist with the youth camp being held. The children were so sensitive to His spirit, it was beautiful to see them respond. God sent the rain, spiritually, and physically; both were equally refreshing.
On days off they explored the country. The tourist portions of the island seemed almost separate from rest. There were old sugar plantations and mills, the forts, Devil's Bridge, swam in the Caribbean Sea and saw where it collided with the Atlantic Ocean. The islander's favorite joke was "Why are there so many ants here?" "Because it's called ANTigua!" It was a great learning experience.