This past week a longstanding dream came true for me and I am still pinching myself to see if it was real. After 33 years I had the privilege of returning to the Island of Trinidad where I spent six year as a child. I was invited to speak at the CLC Eastern Caribbean conference and jumped at the chance to visit the people and places that were so much a part of my memories of growing up. It is amazing how much has changed and yet how much has stayed the same over all these years. Enjoy some of the pictures below from my time with these wonderful people.
The whole team posing for their “casual” picture in really colorful outfits.
Some traditional Trinidadian favorites for breakfast – Bakes and Saltfish
Port of Spain (the capital city) from a well known overlook. Lots of new high rise buildings.
Arah and Cecilia from CLC Antigua
Ernie, Davis and Janet from CLC Dominica
Alice, our only worker at the southern most CLC location in Trinidad – Point Fortin
Helen and Marva from the San Fernando branch in Trinidad
Michelle and Delrine from the Arima branch in Trinidad
Marsha, Lester and Violet from the Port of Spain branch in Trinidad
Our Leader for CLC in the Eastern Caribbean, Marlene Ramroop
The welcoming CLC sign outside the Port of Spain store that has been at this location, 50 Abercromby Street for over 40 years.
A great selection of books effectively merchandized to serve the many customers that come in each day.
Lots of important reference books to supply the needs of pastors and lay teachers on the island.
The cashier’s cage made necessary by the high level of violence and crime in Trinidad. Even this is painted a beautiful purple.
The house I lived in as a child in Trincity- it has certainly improved with age as many modifications were made in the past 30 years.
The field behind my old house where I learned to make and fly kites for the first time.
Most of the team dressed up for our celebration banquet.
Eurel Hodge, a 33 year CLC veteran who is retiring, moments after the dramatic surprise presentation of his wife and family who had come for the event without his knowledge. His wife was actually hidden in this box in the middle of the picture. It was the first time that I had ever seen Eurel truly speechless. What a great gift for a dedicated servant who has committed so much of his life to CLC.
This was certainly a week that I will never forget. Thank You Marlene and all of the Eastern Caribbean team that made this week so special.