Church and CeCe's Beach

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Children dancers

They recommend that we go out into the community for sunday services and have many different choices to choose from.  I joined a group going to Tabernacle of Hope, also known as Mama Cooper's church, because that is where Mama Cooper takes her children from the orphanage.  When we got to the church, it had already begun.  It was a modest building, made out of bamboo, 3 walls, a dirt floor and a cloth roof.  There were plenty of make shift benches and the congregation made sure we had the best ones.  There was a lady who'd walk around with a stick and directed people where to sit, if a spot opens up front, she'll find you in the back and bring you up to fill it.  She kept the children in line and poked you if you fell asleep.

Tabernacle of Hope
  We introduced ourselves and everybody came around to welcome us, even the children.  The service was quite interesting.  There were a lot of 'amens', 'praise God' and 'Halleljahs'.  The only music was a drum and a gourd shaker.  The women would lead a chant and everybody repeated it back as they danced round and round.  It was fun. 

The sermon was done by one of the Mercy Ship long time crew members, Vincient and was about the Value of a Man, how we cannot look at a man, woman or child through our eyes, but we must strive to look at the them through God's eyes.  Communion was interesting too, we lined up and was handed the bead in the wine (which tasted like cough medicine) and as the pastor read the words of instruction we ate the bread all together and then the wine.  It was really interesting.  Church lasted about 2 hours, but it didn't seem like it.

Was invited to visit one of the local beaches near by.  So as soon as I got back to the ship, loaded up the jeep and headed out.  It was a nice beach with tables and chairs under thatched umbrellas.  The sand was brown making the warm water look dirty.  The big attraction was the line of rocks jetting out creating a refuge from the waves crashing against them.  Didn't stay too long though and with dark clouds in the distance we made our way back home.  Tomorrow's my first work day, should be interesting.

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Children dancers
Children dancers
Tabernacle of Hope
Tabernacle of Hope
CeCes Beach
CeCe's Beach
The rock refuge
The rock refuge
Monrovia
photo by: Bluenose