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Adventures in Eleuthera

June 16, 2014
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Map of Eleuthera. We stayed in James Cistern toward the middle of the island and worked in Hatchet Bay.

We woke up in paradise giving thanks for the AC this morning. The power only went out a few times last night and there was a noticeable difference in temperature. Since Bahamas Methodist Habitat (BMH) is on a tiny island, everything here is expensive, including electricity, so we can only run the AC from 9:30 pm until 7:00 am. Everything else, like food, costs almost double, since it has to be shipped in.

A few fun facts about the island we learned…there are 700 islands that make up the Bahamas, but only 35 are inhabited. Eleuthera is 110 miles long and 2.6 miles wide, and around 10,000 people live here. KP, one of the leaders here, informed us of some safety tips, assuring us there were no venomous snakes on the island. In fact, most people try to catch snakes and put them IN their house to catch mice. I don’t think we’ll be trying that at BMH. He also repeatedly reminded us that the nearest hospital is 7 hours away, so we shouldn’t try anything stupid. BMH is the only group on the island to do disaster relief work, and some families wait over a year to receive assistance. We were instructed to smile and wave to everyone…it’s just what you do here. And how great it would be if everyone did that in the States. But as KP said, they use hammer and nails to build relationships, and getting to know the people on the island is more important than any physical labor that gets done.

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Smokey and TJ discussing the plans for our porch construction on the first day of work.

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