We've got a new address!
In the late afternoon of March 27th, our family packed our suitcases, finished loading a container, turned off the lights and air conditioning at the mission home in Cayman Brac, locked the door, and headed for Gerard F. Smith Airport in West End.
After making the short flight to Grand Cayman, we were met by church members and family who helped us unload a few belongings into the parsonage of Red Bay Church of God (Holiness), to begin a new phase of ministry.
We truly enjoyed the nearly 3 1/2 years of ministry at Cayman Brac. The congregations of Watering Place and Spot Bay welcomed us with open arms and showered us with great love.
Although this little island is thousands of miles from "home", Cayman Brac truly became the Woods' home.
Our ministry in Cayman Brac was blessed by God's empowering presence. We strove to help our two congregations (which are one church organizationally) to work together. There were various challenges that the Church of God (Holiness) in Cayman Brac faced but God was faithful. We enjoyed an island-wide ministry, participating in different social events, conducting a Bible Club at the high school - rejoicing when the people rejoiced, and weeping when sorrow came.
Some time ago, however, the World Missions Board approached us about the need for a pastor at Red Bay Church of God (Holiness), as Sis. Anna G. Smith Joseph felt it God's timing to resign.
Red Bay Church, of course, is where Zenia was saved in 2000 under the ministry of Bob and Cinda Thompson. This church sponsored Zenia as she then went to KCCBS in 2005 to seek both a missions and elementary education degree. Throughout our ministry in Cayman Brac, we have had opportunity to minister in Red Bay, as well. RBC has been a thriving church throughout the years but it is experiencing difficulties at this time. The WMB felt that with these close ties and understanding of the culture we would be a good fit for the church. After praying for God's will, we accepted this new challenge.
2 Corinthians 5:20 says: "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God" (ESV).
We now ask you to support us in your prayers and thoughts as as "Ambassadors of Christ, serving in the Cayman Islands." Thank you for your continued financial support, as we serve as missionary pastors of the Church of God (Holiness).
We would also covet your prayers as we finish the year homeschooling our boys. With the changes our family is experiencing, concentrating on doing schoolwork in this new setting is a challenge. Pray that our boys would study hard and learn well!
Read the April edition of Woods on a Mission.
Red Bay church