|Beautiful Turquoise Bay|
This is such a highlight for many of them! Not only do they get to visit with island friends across the island and even those from St. Helene but they also get to enjoy good island gospel music, eat a wonderful meal, delicious cake and get various gifts.
|Ursela was our wonderful singer and she can sing and eat her cake too!|
|Some ladies in the States donated blankets. How thoughtful!|
|WOW! That is one big cake!!!|
Bob 'manned' the eyeglass table for awhile. Someone had donated various reading glasses and it made me realize that that is a huge need on this island!! One lady in particular was so excited and declared, "Now I can read my Bible again!!"
|Reina was so happy with her glasses|
My job was to take photos and to visit. I think I truly had the best job ever!!! Since we travel all over the island I am blessed to know many of them. I was going to the car to get my water when I saw Auntie Clara drive up. Oh joy!! She is 100 years old now and is unable to walk so I told the driver to drive on the beach and drop her off right by the tents. Auntie Clara can't see but she can hear very well and when I got in and greeted her with a hug and kiss she exclaimed, Is that you Miss Debi?! My Mommy!!! Where is my Daddy Bob???" I told her that Bob was here and he would help her from the car. I am not sure why she calls us Mommy and Daddy but she has done that for quite awhile. Mama and Poppa is a sign of respect... but Mommy and Daddy??? Not sure. Either way, it is always good to see her. We put her in a wheel chair and found a nice spot in the shade and in the breeze. She was happy to sit with Miss Catherine.
|Auntie Clara enjoying a chat with Daddy Bob|
I got lots of hugs and kisses I tell you!! I also enjoyed singing along to the old time gospel songs that Ursela sang. Everyone sang and I think if they could have, they would have danced too.
Each community was represented by the oldest person coming forward, giving a little speech in either English or Spanish and receiving a basket full of food.
|This is one of the oldest men on the island|
|These ladies were ladies to give thanks and receive their food basket|
|Friendship defies age....|
These people in 'the third stage of life' as they say here, are full of wonderful stories, long lasting faith and a legacy of enduring through the hardest of times. I am so thankful to Nidia for helping this up and having the vision to "love on" the elderly, for those who made donations and those who volunteered to make this event happen.
|The wonderful Nidia making one old guy happy!! :-)|
|So thankful for Live Again Ministries support and help!|
|Nothing like being escorted in by a fine young gentleman!|
There isn't a seniors home here so it is wonderful to gather them once a year to spoil them rotten.
Want to build a senior's home??? It's a dream of mine. Too big you say? Never for our God!! They deserve that and soooo much more!!!
|The lovely Miss Catherine and Deb|