Caribbean Homecoming

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.

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4 responses to “Caribbean Homecoming

  1. Marge Almack

    Wonderful pictures, Dave! So good to see the EC team and to hear about Eurel’s wonderful surprise – a great tribute to a faithful servant. Our former house looks amazing!

  2. Liz Patten

    Great to see these photos, Dave – and amazing the places God takes us to – or back to, in this case! He is a great God Who gives us personal gifts and wonderful surprises. By the way, I love the bright “colourfulness” of the team – mirrored in the different colour polo shirts. That brightness reminds me of Africa, I guess!

  3. Davis Laudat

    Davis Laudat-CLC Dominica
    Thank God for having you David as our guest speaker.It was great hearing from you and how the lord has worked in your fast speech slowing you down and having me understand you better as you delivered.
    May God richly bless you David and blessings to your family.

  4. Sandra R

    Hi David,

    So happy that you were able to visit home. I worked at the POS branch when you were just 9 or 11 yrs. Heidi was born there also. I was then working at CLC / Port of Spain.
    Haven’t seen or spoken to you since but I am so delighted that you had
    those cherished memories and lots of fun.
    It is always so much fun to visit and to reconnect with so much that is part of who were are as adults. Those childhood memories remain with us
    forever !! ” Those were the days my friend !!” as the song goes !!

    Blessings to you & your family !

    With Love,

    Sandra

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