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The Robinsons’ Herald
version for June 2003
from ‘Next to Heaven’
in Carriacou, Grenada, West Indies!
Things We Hope You Will
of you should have received e·mail updates back in February when I had to
deal with a sudden medical problem. I am happy and thankful to report that
the problem has not reoccurred since! Thanks for praying, but please
continue to pray for all our health.
Some of you have been praying that the Lord will make a way for me to
undergo the CardioSeal procedure to close the defect in my heart. The
‘PFO’ (hole in the upper chamber of my heart) is thought to be the cause
of the serious stroke that I experienced in 1999, and the more milder
experience that took place the beginning of last year. A gracious doctor
Detroit recently contacted me to inform me that the Lord is making a way.
The tentative plan is for the procedure to be done the latter part of July
or the first part of August. It seems the hospital is willing to settle
for the $5,000.00 the group that helps us with our medical expenses group
will likely cover. The hospital has agreed to write off any charges beyond
that! Thanks for praying and continue to pray as the final details are
made and we look to the Lord to supply the travel funds we will need. As
most of you know, I truly need to undergo the CardioSeal procedure.
Carriacou is currently very dry, but we are trusting that the rainy season
will give us some relief. The level of water in our cistern is very low
for this time of the year, but we believe we are still in good shape
compared to some. Please pray for much rain over the next few weeks so
that the local ponds and peoples’ tanks will be replenished.
rainy season runs concurrently with the hurricane season, which formally
began on June 1. Last year the tropical season was fairly mild for the
United States. However, the southern Caribbean suffered through a tropical
storm named Lily. She caused a little damage on Carriacou, but landslides
killed a number of people on some of the islands north of us. I have
recently read numerous predictions by meteorologist who are predicting
many more storms for this year—some 50% more! Please pray that the Lord
will spare us of tropical storms and hurricanes this season.
Things at Windward Bible Church are going okay, though our attendance has
been down somewhat since this past Christmas season. Yet, it seems that
the attendance has been improving over the last couple of weeks. Many of
those that are attending are showing consistent growth, especially among
some of the teens. Over the years I have seen many children make a
profession of faith in Christ, only to remain reasonably faithful until
they reach their late teens. At that time too many forsake the Lord and go
back into the world.
The peer pressure for the young men is intense. Some have frankly
remarked that they have ‘outgrown the need for church.’ Others often began
working jobs and making their own money for the first time, and they wait
until Sundays to wash clothes or ‘rest.’ Other times they claim to get
home too late from work to attend Sunday or Wednesday nights. It is also
about this time that many begin thinking about girls in a serious way,
though they are in no ways ready to get married, settle down, and start a
family. Yet, that does not stop some from starting a family out of
wedlock. I am afraid that our young teens learn such attitudes by many of
the men here, mostly those that are lost, but also from some in other
churches who profess faith in Christ and say they love the Lord. Pray
for our men—both young and old—to grown in their love for the Lord and
putting Him first.
Our ladies also have much pressure on them to live contrary to the word
of God. Many young ladies here—as is the case with the young men—grow up
in homes where their mother is not married. Too often their mother has
several children by different men. Frequently ‘mum’ will either go from
man to man or live with a man until they have a child or more. I know of
some women here that actually advised their young daughters to give
themselves to older men, and perhaps even get pregnant, so they can get
‘support’ from them. They also believe that when the children grow up,
they will help take care of mom when they get old enough to work. Because
of the consistently high unemployment rate and no government welfare
system here, too many women believe this is the only way they can prepare
to be taken care of in their old age. But, no matter how you look at it,
this is a type of prostitution, and it is disgusting. Obviously, the same
is true for too many who live in the
Consequently, we are not only swimming against the strong current of false
doctrine, but also against the ungodly moral customs of the pervading
society. Time and time again I have seen young ladies profess to come to
know the Lord in their early teens, began to walk in the newness of life,
but later fail morally and go back into the world when they reach their
late teens or early twenties. To say it is discouraging is an
understatement. Please pray for our women—both young and old—to remain
faithful to the Lord, depend upon Him, and seek His will concerning a mate
Remaining faithful to the Lord here is not only a spiritual need these
days. An article in the
New York Times Online
carried a disturbing article recently on May 18, 2003. It was entitled,
Governments in Denial as AIDS Ravages Caribbean,
By DAVID GONZALEZ. It
made the following startling claims:
500,000 people in
the Caribbean are HIV positive.
The infection rate
in the Caribbean is second only to Africa
“Some 40,000 adults and children in the Caribbean are believed to have died of the disease in 2001
It is already the leading cause of death among young men.
On average 2.4% of adults are currently infected, with the rate in urban
areas at 12%
Pray for our people to be kept pure and protected as Satan seeks to
destroy those that serve and follow him as the god of this world. (2
Recent Special Activities At WBC
On this resurrection Sunday past, the children presented us with a nice program. They sang songs and said
recitations. It was a blessing to the congregation. Linda and Caroline
Cornelius worked hard to help the children be prepared.
On this past
mother’s day, we had been asked to dedicate the Cornelius’ families' eighth child.
It is a special time fall all. He name is Isaiah James Charles
Cornelius, who was born April 15, 2002.
Isaiah smiled and
perfectly for the entire ceremony
Church outing during the
children’s spring break from school
Many of our folks got together for a day out. We played games, had good
food, and had a good time of fellowship. In the photos, notice the ground.
It is not brown dirt, but brown grass due to the dry season
We arrive, have prayer, and some get
ready to Rumble!
Others get involved
in more reserved activities.
In this game, those in the middle
had to guess who was holding the small stone.
Believe it or not, in the balloon
toss game the oldest ones, (Huggins Clement and Walter) won!
A few of us play
some B’ball. I broke my glasses, another tore a nail into the quick,
and another had a tennis shoe blowout. Man, did we have fun!
Ah, the food. Genuine West Virginia
tube steaks—complete with slaw, onions, mustard, catsup, and CHILI!
Surely the Lord will have these at the marriage supper of the Lamb!
We are currently looking into getting the outside of our meeting place
painted—which is truly needed. We also need to put in a bathroom, which
includes building a septic tank, building a water storage tank or tank
support to catch water from the roof, and then building the bathroom. We
want to do exterior painting first, then build the septic tank, then the
water storage tank, and lastly getting a pump and installing the plumbing.
The paint job has been estimated at $300.00 US. I suspect that putting in
the bathroom will cost about $2,500.00 US.
Please pray for
the funds to be supplied soon so that we can get these project finished
before the year is out.
If you are led to help, please earmark your gift accordingly when you send
it to Holy Mount.
Lastly, we are daily reminded of how we must rely on the Lord for all
things. We are also vividly aware that He supplies through faithful people
who love the Lord and often give sacrificially.
equally for your faithful support and prayer on our behalf.
Still looking up for Him,
Walter Robinson II for all the Robinsons on Carriacou
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