Heading Home

July 06, 2013

On Friday, I left the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) to head home. I might say to return home, but I am not sure I am heading back to the same place - or, that is, it will not seem the same after my week with the global Baptist family. Before leaving, I attended the morning worship service that was led by a Baptist from the Czech Republic. Jeremiah Pryce, a Jamaican who lives in the U.S., preached while scripture passages were read in English by Moreen Sharp of Canada and in Ugandan by Michael Okwakol of Uganda (the photo is one I took of Okwakol during the service). A couple of the hymns were in two languages (and, as with each day, the responsive readings were in four languages). Two of the songs were from the Caribbean and one from Latin America.

After the service, I headed for the shuttle to take me back to the airport (the photo is one I took during that ride). We passed by the place where Columbus landed (in 1494) as we traveled down the highway with the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. Soon thereafter I left the Blue Mountains of Jamaica to head back to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In some ways things looked similar; it other ways, worlds apart. My mind is still racing with what I saw, heard, and thought during my week on the island nation. But I am thankful for the journey and those I met. You can see more photos I snapped during the worship service and the drive here.