by Curt Waite
Have you ever desired to take a short-term missions trip to some place where you
do not have to know a foreign language or obtain a foreign visa? If so, Antigua
might be the place for you to start. You will need your passport, a return airline
ticket, and a desire to serve.
The Caribbean Radio Lighthouse and its American missionary staff members have
been involved with team ministries since the early years of operation in the mid-
1970s. The first teams were groups coming to help with the actual construction of
the radio station studio and transmitting facilities. Later, groups started coming
down to be involved in ministries such as Backyard Bible Clubs, Vacation Bible
Schools and musical presentations in the local churches, camps, maintenance of
the station, construction of churches, and construction of the two CRL missionary
homes. Several groups from Christian schools have come down for their senior
trips, even doing ministry while taking a few days of “vacation” on the mission
field of Antigua. One group divided their team and did ministry on our sister
island of Barbuda while the others worked here on the island.
The team ministry was originally geared for the summer months during family
vacation time while the students from the States and the children from Antigua
were out of school for the summer. However, in more recent years, we have been
having groups during the Christmas vacation time. The visiting team members
give up their Christmas vacation time with family, to spend time with people
of another culture, along with sharing Christ in a variety of different situations.
This has proved to be a very fruitful time of year and the weather is much more
tolerable, especially for those from northern climates. The churches have been
blessed by the extra help and by the new ideas learned from the teams. So far, we
have had visitors from many parts of the North American continent.
Team members come from all age groups and walks of life. Being young is not a
requirement for serving the Lord, whether at home or abroad. Yes, many of our
visitors are young, but a large number over the years, have been people of middle
10 Islander – No 1, 2013