'shine your eyes’ is a phrase that I picked up in liberia, west africa. it means to open your eyes and see the Truth. this is my hope for people everywhere, myself included, that we will continually be transformed to see and be the ideals God has set forth as the Kingdom. the book of isaiah says it this way:

'see, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. the mind of the rash will understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.’ isaiah 32:1-4

currently this is taking shape in my life working with bahamas habitat. we are working to provide aviation support to bahamas methodist habitat, a hurricane relief/sub-standard housing repair organization based in the bahamas. know that we would love for you to come spend some time with us as we take part in all the beautiful ways that God is loving His creation.

in the words of mother teresa, “pray for me that i not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor.” and i pray that in all that you do, whether coming to the bahamas, serving in haiti or celebrating life in your part of the world that you will simply love and come and see all that God has for us. let this place be a place of celebration and conversation for us to greater understand life with one another.

‘and because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand. and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has in mind for us to be.’ –romans 5:2



castles made of sand

friday was a good day.  we got to crash the primary school's Christmas party at the beach.  About 25 kids splashing around was a lot of fun...and having Christmas parties at the beach is a little bit of a novelty to us volunteers from the States.  

Mrs. Pinder is the 1st and 2nd Grade teacher.  She told me that she literally hasn't swam in decades because of inner ear surgery.  This day she proudly wore her bathing suit and swam like a fish!  All the kids LOVED it!  She raced them and play all the games.  It was really fun watching her.

I stayed until time to go fly to Nassau to pick up Abe and KP.  It was a fun flight as storms were building up.  We're learning that weather forecasting is a luxury.  All turned out well and we came back with the plane at max gross weight with food for the team next week and donated paint.  There was so much paint that we actually had to leave 3 5 gal buckets in Nassau to bring back another time!

Today was spent cleaning and getting the camp really ready for the team to come tomorrow.  Lisa is a girl from down the street and in 5th grade.  She's really cute and came over today and helped me put up Christmas lights on our tiki merchandise hut...then! she told me that she wanted to bake a cake.  That's how the afternoon was spent:  chocolate cake with dr. suess-like icing, it was lime green.  She was really fun and that girl can seriously eat..a lot.  She had 1/2 bag of popcorn mixed with cheese puffs, a small bowl of ice cream, chocolate covered peanut butter cracker, and a piece of cake all in the time that we were baking.  Almost impressive.

This week's team is on their way here.  11 girls and 3 guys, Millsaps College.

The epiphany I had this week is that I honestly think I could listen to blues music everyday of my eternal life and never love it any less.  honest.  and, hence this post's title.

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