One of Calvary Baptist Churches mission teams, this one was made up of 9 men and 4 ladies. Our job was to build the second stage of a cistern so the Baker's family could have a semi-consistent water supply. Antigua is an island that doesn't have a lot of water resources, and therefore rations public water at very inconvenient times! So, when the cistern is ready, the next rainy season should fill it up! We are thankful to the Lord for allowing us the opportunity to help them AND to enjoy it, too!
Curt and Barbara Waite have served with Jerry and Linda Baker in Antigua at the Caribbean Radio Lighthouse for over 30 years.
Their staff includes many wonderful workers in the English and Spanish broadcasting.
They are not typical missionaries...
but they spread the WORD through airways!
Although the station is computerized, it still requires much maintenance and work.
The reward is great. This station has literally been heard around the world.
The Waites lived in this house for over 19 years, raising 4 children.
This is where the kids played.
And THIS is what was next door...the local crack house.
Now, with the help of over 70 mission team workers, both the Waites and the Bakers have LOVELY homes.
This is Linda Baker who is is glad we are coming to help bring WATER to their home!
This plastic tank at the Baker's house is finally being replaced with a CONCRETE CISTERN to help meet their water needs!
Seeing the need, on Feb 20, 2010, several members at Calvary Baptist Church brought tools and supplies and came to help!
We are ready to trade Greenville SC's 30 degree temps for Antigua's mid 80's!
Roscoe Ziemer drove our bus.
Here we are on the 4 hour flight.
Cindy Lawrence and Lois Hughes
Vance Bowman and Mercer Moye.
Luke Taylor and Jeremy Lawrence.
David and Debbie Hearn. We made it through CUSTOMS without a problem!
We're waiting at the airport in Antigua for transportation for 13 people and 23 bags of supplies.
No coats anymore. We are in 88 degree weather now. Yoo Hoo!
Maranatha Baptist Church pastored by Jerome Martin.
Pastor talking to Dean Tesche and Curt Waite.
Roscoe is talking to Linda Baker.
The young man in blue (Yoni) is from Finland and has really been a BIG help to us this week.
Jerry Baker works in the sound booth.
"Here am I, Lord, send me".
This is the Baker's house. Both homes have main living areas upstairs and ministry rooms downstairs.
Here are some of the views from the Waite's porch.
This concrete has been poured and ready for a team to build the walls for over 8 months.
David and Jerry Baker are planning the work schedule.
When it is finished the carport will be constructed above it!
That's Cindy Lawrence with the hat on!
Dean Teshe and Roscoe Zeimer are building forms for the walls.
Mercer Moye was a big help.
Underneath the Waite's porch is two bedrooms and a large room with a kitchen, plenty of room for ministry teams.
Jeremy Lawrence, Bob Hill, Luke Taylor.
The first of three inside box forms.
Back and forth between the two houses...cooking in one, bleaching walls and painting in the other.
Curt Waite...like Nehemiah, inspecting the walls...
David Hearn - contemplating the job...
Nathan Hawks and LukeTaylor.
Starting on the next section of the cistern.
And this is the outside form of the first section.
Tying of wire, and more wire...
They threatened to leave Cindy in here!
A break under the palm trees.
All three sections are UP!
Getting ready for the concrete to be poured!
After 4 days of HARD work, it's ready for the third team to come and build the top to the cistern! God has wonderfully blessed!
Vance Bowman fixed the WASHING MACHINE!
Debbie is dangerous with a paint brush!
Cattle and egrit birds graze side by side next door.
The Waite's greenhouse leads to a beautiful yard...all kinds of flowers and trees.
This wonderful back porch at the Waite's is on top of their cistern.
These doors lead to the inside of the Waite's main house from the back porch.
Barbara uses her large living room for teas and receptions.
This is OSO, daddy to 4 new puppies.
Bedroom in basement level of the Waites house.
Basement level includes bedroom, bath, 2 showers, laundry facilities, kitchen, and living room.
Mama Bella guards them well.
This view is from the Waite's porch. See the ocean?
Barbara uses the flowers from her yard to help with weddings.
The shutters can be closed in times of hurricanes.
The papaya needs to be picked!
We had a LOT of these little friends living with us!
The two lower windows are in the dining area of the Bakers house.
This is where we did most of our cooking and eating.
Lois Hughes and Lisa Zeimer...we did a LOT of cooking!
We had a cooking lesson from Pastor Martin's wife, Vanessa.
Chicken Roti - chicken, potatoes, veggies wrapped in tortilla shells.
Barbara Waite, Linda Baker, Yoni's mom, Hanna, and Cindy Lawrence.
Our first walk on the beach.
Jorge works with the Spanish ministry at the Radio station.
He was our driver to and from the airport and sightseeing.
We saw Transatlantic Solo racers coming in. The winner spent 53 days at sea!
Sugar mill factory and plantation
This is a SUGAR mill and factory.
Great Trees at the old Wallings Reservoir.
Barbara designed this hat for the guys. Cute, Luke!
We saw a historical show here.
And we ate bun and cheese sandwiches. And some of us actually had COKES, for the first time all week.
Roscoe couldn't resist trying on a Rasta cap in the bazaar.
Barbara and Linda are preparing another wonderful lunch for us.
Time to go home, we were tired, but wonderfully fed, spiritually encouraged, and 13 suitcases lighter! Thank you God for allowing us to help and taking such good care of us.