What, you may wonder, is this strange looking creature? I'll get to him in just a minute, but first I must tell you about last night. Kaleen and I have begun going to an inter-island womens' Bible study on Thursday nights. Several women from our church attend this study regularly and invited us. One of the nicest things about it is that the group is comprised of Christian women from various parts of the island, from different churches, different nationalities, various ages and stages of life, some married, some single, some retired, some working and/or raising small children. The thing that we all have in common is our faith in Jesus Christ, a hunger for solid Bible study, and a desire for fellowship with other Christian women.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a pot luck meal and fellowship time, followed by the study/discussion/sharing, and ends with intercessory prayer and taking prayer requests for the coming week. One of the ladies, Rita, loves to be the hostess and has enough room to accommodate the 15 or so women in the group. Last night she said that it was such a thrill to open her front door and see so many Christian sisters standing there. Another woman drives a large Suburban and can take 11 passengers and a baby, so we meet at church and Jenny drives us to Rita's house on the far western end of the island, about a 20 min. drive.
It is such a great group of women! We are using the book Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver, and the study is proving to be quite meaty. The discussions are very good and everyone contributes by sharing some insight or has a question which triggers even deeper delving into the Word. There is much encouragement and sometimes challenge to be had in this group.
As we were leaving Rita's house last night, we saw this odd lizard in the photo above. He is a Monkey lala, aka Jesus Lizard, so named because he can run across water on his back legs! It seemed appropriate.