I apologize for my silence on this blog as of late. If you’re Facebook friends with me, you’ve stayed pretty up to speed, but if not you’re probably wondering. “Where in the world is Beth Guy?? And what in the world has she been doing?” Well, friends, here are the highlights since the last time I updated:
1. I have continued to visit both jails here in Guadeloupe. At the jail in Baie-Mahault I do individual visits in the women’s prison. In Basse-Terre I do a weekly Bible study with a small group of English speakers. They’re both wonderful!
2. I recently started volunteer teaching English at a language center for kids and teenagers. Their philosophy is to learn through games, songs, art, and other activities…. which is right up my alley!
3. I was out with a friend and accidentally ended up in a dance off with a Guadeloupean woman. It was absolutely hilarious and we all had a great time.
4. I celebrated Thanksgiving here! We made turkey legs, a corn casserole, green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, applesauce, stuffing, and for dessert we had cinnamon vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pie. However, much of the ingredients had to be created as I couldn’t buy them pre-made. For example, I had to make: creamed corn, fried onion pieces to top the green bean casserole, and use the insides out of another pumpkin-esque squash. It was awesome, though! It was so much fun to make the meal, share it with many people who had never had any Thanksgiving food before, and celebrate Katy’s birthday!
5. I ended up taking a last-minute trip to Dominica to avoid visa issues. I went on a Sunday and most things were closed, but I did get to walk around, explore a little bit, and speak English! It was an interesting place – it felt like if Haiti and Guadeloupe had an English speaking baby, it would be Dominica. I’m hopeful I might be able to visit again, but on a weekday when more things would be open.
6. I have been working and working on my French and it gets better and better each day, although sometimes my Kreyol still slips through. 🙂 I meet with my French teacher twice a week and I’m becoming more conversational and I can understand quite a bit of French now. It’s been, and continues to be, a lot of hard work, but it’s good.
7. I went to Paris for Christmas as it was significantly cheaper than going home. I had never been to Paris before so it was wonderful to explore the city and use my French, although it was quite cold! My favorite moment of the entire trip, though, was standing on the Eiffel Tower on Christmas day and looking out on the city of Paris. There aren’t really words to describe it, except that I felt… free… whole… in that moment. It was truly amazing.
8. I rang in the New Year with a bunch of people from the church at Katy and Hubert’s house. The French really know how to party on New Years! I left at 1:30 AM due to exhaustion and jet lag, but I was among the first to leave. It was crazy, but awesome. At midnight, we could see four different firework shows from their backyard, so we watched the shows while toasting with champagne.
9. I’ve been working with the children of the church as well (once a children’s minister, always a children’s minister?) and it’s been great! A few weeks ago, I had to spontaneously create a Sunday school lesson and it turned out pretty well despite no time to plan! 🙂 I’m really enjoying getting to know and work with all of the people here.
10. My family came to visit for a little vacation! It was great to see them and visit some of the most beautiful places on the islands. Unfortunately, I ended up injuring my wrist pretty badly on their second full day here so some of the plans had to be adjusted or changed, but overall it was still a great trip. On their last night here we hosted a meal of Kansas City barbecue with some of my favorite people here in Guadeloupe and it was super fun. Since then, my friend, Nathalie, has continued to refer to barbecue sauce as my “Kansas City sauce.” 🙂
11. We had a cornerstone dedication for the Reformed Protestant Church here. Right now, the worship space is rented, but hopefully within the next year or so they will have their own building! It’s an exciting time.
12. In the midst of all of this, we’ve been working on trying to set up a weekly English “house church” type of group, but it’s been difficult to get it off the ground. We are hopeful, though, that by the end of February we’ll be able to launch. We just need to secure a location and then we’ll be good to go.
So that’s the big update!! It’s been a wonderful time filled with many blessings. I’m certainly thankful.
Also, these stories have been published by Global Ministries if you want to read more stories about the work that I’m doing:
That’s all for now! I’ll try to be better at updating. 🙂