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It has been a full two days for the LCBI team in Grenada! Yesterday started with a trip to St David’s to visit Westerhall secondary high school. We were met by Ms Lord, a longtime connection of Phil and Gail’s, she is the School Administrator for Westerhall and a few other schools. We were […]
The past two days have been an opportunity to acclimatize to the island and experience more about this beautiful country and people that call it home. Being Saturday, there were no schools that we could visit, so we organized some cultural and sightseeing excursions to get a better feel for the island. The morning […]
It is hard for us to believe that it has only been 24 hours since arriving in beautiful Grenada! We were met at the airport by the leaders that had come early to prepare for our arrival. All of the team and our bags arrived safely, and we were quickly through customs and on the […]
The draw for the Rick Johnson Classic this weekend!
The ROCK basketball tournament is this weekend! Don't forget to cheer on LCBI as they head to Regina.
The Rock is an Christian invitational basketball tournament that takes place in Regina, SK.
Don't miss our Lady Bisons as they hit the court tonight against Asquith! 5 p.m.
In Winnipeg over the weekend? Check out the LCBI booth at YC Manitoba at the Evangelical Free Church.
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Let's hear it for the home team! The Bisons take on Asquith, tonight at 5 pm at LCBI.
While everyone else is returning to LCBI after break, Kari is just getting ready to head off again. If you are in the Winnipeg or Steinbach, MB areas, stop by to visit Kari this weekend.
Friday-Saturday: YC Manitoba http://yc.extremedream.ca
Sunday: MNO Youth and Campus Service - Faith Lutheran, 1311 Dakota St. Winnipeg, 6:30 pm
Monday: Coffee House Info Night - Rhyme or Reason Cafe, 191 Reimer Ave, Steinbach, MB, 7:30pm
Come and learn what LCBI has to offer you! #yournextschool #tellyourfriends
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Grenada Mission Trip Day 6 - Home
Wednesday morning began with a trip to experience another Caribbean experience. The team was able to visit downtown and get a steel pan lesson from a local teacher. Understanding the music of a place helps to understand the culture of a place a little bit more. Some of the team was definitely into the experience. The team was then let loose on downtown St. George's with instructions to find a Roti before meeting at the St. George's Anglican Primary school for the afternoon activities. The team learned that a chicken Roti may actually have the whole chicken in it and they enjoyed the meal while carefully eating around the chicken bones. They were delicious though.
The team then gathered at St. George's Anglican Primary school to lead some songs. The school has two floors, the upstairs is grades 3-6 and has over 300 students in one room divided by movable partitions. The downstairs has over 400 students in preschool to grade 2, again separated by movable partitions. The team taught the students some new songs and led them in singing. Part of the team had visited St. George's on Friday and it was neat to see how excited the students were to see their new Canadian friends again.
The team had the remainder of the afternoon off to explore the downtown area. Many of the students visited one of the school's Sports Days that was happening at a field between downtown and where the team was staying.
In the evening, we were able to travel up the mountain to another Anglican Church in St. George's to attend an Ash Wednesday service. It was a small gathering, and the lay reader who was presiding over the service took time out of the service to lead a short blessing over the team, our work, and our travels. That was a really neat experience for the team to be honoured in that way.
The night finished with a tour of St. George's University and watching Atiba, one of our new Grenadian friends, play basketball. Unfortunately, the team that was supposed to play against Atiba's didn't show, but they were able to put together a pickup game so that we had something to watch. It was fun to hear all of the basketball players on the LCBI team commenting on the different playing styles between Canadian and Grenadian basketball.
Our final day on the island started with the team splitting up between the Special Needs school and Mount Moritz. This time, instead of ensuing chaos the LCBI team was able to go and help in the classrooms. It was interesting to see the difference in Grenadian teaching styles compared to Canadian, especially in the primary system. Our team was able to help explain some things to students in ways they were able to understand, and a simple thing like understanding fractions may make a huge difference in the life of these primary school students. The visitors to the Special Needs school were able to play with those students some more and simply love them, not because of what we could give them or teach them, but simply by being present and going over the alphabet and colours again, and again and again.
The afternoon was free time to get in some last minute shopping to gifts and time for one last dip in the ocean and after supper we were off to the airport. Some of the friends from the youth group that we connected with came to see us off. It was nice to be able to say a proper goodbye. Flights home were uneventful, and though we were greeted by treacherous roads in Saskatchewan, the loving family and friends that came to pick us up from the airport got the whole team home safely.
After a few days to sleep and recover, we are back in school. Cliff and Bea stayed for a few extra days to help finish up our time on the island and arrive home today. And now is time to readjust to life at home, seeing it with a new perspective. The moments, memories, and lessons from this trip with travel with the team for the rest of their lives. We are grateful for the experience and more than a few look forward to returning to Grenada someday to continue to develop the connections we began there.