The St. Kitts Team Goes Live!

Today we began our morning at the station for 91.5 Dominion Radio. Pastor Brandon (headphones in pic) from Caribbean Christian Fellowship (CCF) gave up his weekly radio show for our team to share and play some live worship.

Ben, Tucker, Alex, Aaron and Pastor Brandon

After our time at the radio station we spent most of the afternoon at the New Horizon Juvenile Rehabilitation Center where we purchased and installed a basketball goal and a pole for net ball.

Tonight we are having a true Persian dinner. One of the medical students (Mena) is cooking for us as a special treat.

Ben, Pastor Mike and Alex

St. Kitts – We have arrived!

Our team arrived in St. Kitts on Saturday and enjoyed a home cooked dinner at the Comer’s. We then spent the evening preparing for Sunday services.

We started bright and early on Sunday morning at Caribbean Christian Fellowship (CCF), the local church the Comer’s attend here in St. Kitts, with worship rehearsal and a time of prayer. FP Worship Pastor Tucker McGinnis and Ben Baker led us in worship with an acoustic worship set, and Pastor Mike shared from Matthew 14.

Our team met several students from the medical school and veterinarian school from different nationalities. We were overwhelmed at how hospitable the people at CCF were to our FPC team.

After church service our team rehearsed with several members of the CCF worship team for an evening worship event. Then, Sunday evening we had a special worship event.

Tomorrow morning we will go live on the local radio station, then build a basketball goal for the local juvenile detention center.

– Mike Baker, Mission Trip Leader and North Knox Campus Pastor

St. Kitts Day 5

Day five did not disappoint.  Wes and Will started the day at the men’s prison where Will once again was able to usher in the Holy Spirit by leading worship and sharing his testimony. Wes was also able to share his with the men. It was a very fruitful morning as one man accepted Christ as they wrapped up. Praise Jesus! The men were very receptive and glad to have the team there.

We then had lunch at the Comers and the ladies prepared to go to the women’s prison. Amelia, Katelyn’s friend, joined us for the CR session. It’s safe to say we were all a bit anxious but the staff were so welcoming and gracious. We immediately were put at ease watching the women light up upon seeing Katelyn and so warmly welcoming us all. The “residents”, as they affectionately called themselves, enjoyed hearing about families and lives in the states.

During my talk, I had noticed that the previously somber prison guards were nodding along in agreement and offered me so much encouragement. The ladies seemed so pleased to have someone that could relate to them. Sometimes, we all just need someone to come alongside us and say, “Me, too.” The ladies then asked lots of questions, good questions, honest questions, hard questions. It was such a sweet time of learning and growing and connecting.

The last part of the visit was spent doing Celebrate Recovery work. Today’s session was on forgiveness, forgiving ourselves, others and God. Many of the ladies shared decisions to forgive. It was incredible moment that only got better when another sweet woman told us of her decision this past week to accept Christ. We all clapped in thanks and joy, including the prison guards!

An absolutely perfect morning was capped off when one of the young women asked to sing a song. Before we knew what was happening the entire women inmate population was holding hands and worshiping in the prison courtyard… again, including the lovely prison guards. Lots of hugs and sweet words were exchanged as we said our goodbyes.

Back at the Comers, Katelyn prepared a delicious Cottage Pie (Shepherd’s Pie with beef instead of mutton), and homemade Sour Sop ice cream. It was amazing! The guys left for men’s bible study and, since it was the super moon, us ladies took the kids to the beach to see it.

This may very well go down as one of my top 10 days ever. From souls won to hearts encouraged to comforting meals to super moons, God’s loving kindness was with us every moment of this day. Only Heaven knows the impact of today, this week and the work of the missionaries on this island but getting a small snapshot has been such a gift.

Written By Team Member: Amanda Woods

Dead Ends – St. Kitts Day 4

Today was one of our most favorite days yet as a team. This morning Will had the amazing honor of playing worship on the radio while the rest of the team had the privilege of walking the streets in the local community inviting individuals to come to Celebrate Recovery. Before we started our walk, we gave our day to the Lord in prayer. Along the way, we asked for God’s guidance and asked that He would direct our path.

There are many cool stories that came as a result of our walk but below are a few highlights:

  • At one point in our journey after praying for God’s guidance we were led down a dead end street. While this might sound like a negative, God turned it into a positive and we met two men who made our day. The first man we met was not able to speak English very well but asked for extra fliers and left the job that he was doing to excitedly and hurriedly rush off to share with his friends. The second man was a bit skeptical but he asked the most honest questions and it was refreshing to get to hear his opinions. He suggested that we advertise on the radio and Wes proudly proclaimed with a grin…”We just did that yesterday and Will is on right now worshiping!”
  • We stumbled across a shed with the words Small Group spray painted on it. Since Wes is the Groups and Missions Pastor at North Knox we had to stop and take his picture. We like to look at this as a sign of affirmation.

After walking the streets and inviting people to come to Celebrate Recovery we met up with some Faith Promise friends, Gina and Penny, here on the island for vacation for lunch and then headed to the market’s square for worship and more time for invitation. While there a reporter showed up and interviewed Aaron on the spot. The interview aired tonight and will air again tomorrow morning. The interview will be heard not just here in St. Kitts but in other countries in Europe as well!

This evening we went to Celebrate Recovery. Gina and Penny provided a meal which was a huge blessing and the taste was AMAZING! Will led worship and you could feel the Lord’s presence in the room. After worship, Amanda and I were blessed with the opportunity to read the 8 beatitudes. Then each individual on our team got to share their testimony and did some question and answers panel style. It was so nice to get to share and to see how receptive people were. They asked some great questions and many shared that different parts of the team’s testimonies resonated with their own stories.

Please pray for our day tomorrow as we head to the prisons to do ministry.

Prayer Walking – St. Kitts Day 3

This morning the guys on our team had the privilege of speaking on air at a local radio station. They helped to promote the Celebrate Recovery Ministry that the Comer family is doing and Will got the honor of sharing his testimony. While the guys were at the radio station, the ladies spent time in quiet reflection with God. After the guys were done at the radio station the team convened together and enjoyed lunch at the Comer’s home.In the afternoon the team went on a tour of the island and stopped at several locations along the way to pray with intent. The first stop on our tour was to a basketball court that has significant meaning for the Comer family. They visited the basketball court the first time they came to the island at the Festival of Lights. At the time it was worn down and they spent time fixing it up for the local community. It was the trip that they felt God calling them to serve full time in ministry as missionaries here in St. Kitts.

Other places we stopped to pray along the way include a visit to a local park to pray for the leadership of St. Kitts, to the juvenile detention center Aaron serves at one day a week to pray for the youth in the community, to the Amazing Grace Experience praising God for providing a building for the Celebrate Recovery Ministry that Aaron and Katelyn are leading, the Sugar Mills to pray for those battling addiction, and to the airport round about to pray for all of those who come to St. Kitts, whether as missionaries, for vacation, or school, etc. It was a blessing to spend the day in prayer growing closer to our precious Father and sharing in community. Following our prayer walk Katelyn made the team some BBQ pork and green beans and we enjoyed learning to play a new game at their home.

Our team feels so very grateful for the opportunity to be here this week and we do not take this experience lightly. It’s been so amazing to watch God’s hand at work in each person’s life and to see team members step up and step out as God continues to stretch and grow them. 

Sunday Fun-day St. Kitts Day 2

Today was such an amazing God filled day! This morning we had the honor and privilege of attending church with the Comer family. Will, one of our team members, led worship this morning and let me just say… God bumps all the way! He has such an amazing gift. His voice is so soulful and God’s presence was evident from the moment Will began singing. He also got to share a little of his testimony which resonated with many in attendance this morning.

It’s amazing to see all of the many, many ways that God works. The message this morning was from Corinthians 11 and afterwards myself and another teammate looked at each other with a grin….God brought us all the way from the United States to have the preacher preach a message that was just what we needed to hear this morning.  

After church this morning we headed back to the hotel where we were joined by the Comer family and the Pastor’s family and enjoyed a nice pizza lunch. It was nice way to relax and to spend time goofing around with the kiddos.

This evening Amanda made the BEST white chicken chili I have ever eaten and we loaded up to head to church for a chili cook-off. Amanda represented our team well. Everyone gave her a lot of compliments on her chili. It was neat to see the many ways that people made chili. We had a wide range from chili made with sweet potatoes, to chicken and chili, to super spicy chili. While eating chili, we had the privilege of sitting with different members of the church and got to know their story while also sharing our story.  There are so many warm, open people here who are on fire for God.

After the chili cook-off we spent time debriefing our day and it was so nice to hear everyone’s version of their day as they unpacked their highs from the trip. It’s amazing how four individuals can experience the same things yet all walk away touched and changed uniquely. Please pray for the guys as they head out to the radio station in the morning.


St. Kitts – We Have Arrived!

This morning our St. Kitts Mission Trip Team met at the airport in Knoxville at 5:00 AM. As a general rule our team members don’t love doing mornings quite so early, but we do love Jesus and we are so excited and blessed to be spending the next week as Jesus’ hands, feet, and voice here on the gorgeous island of St. Kitts, pouring into and investing in the lives of the Comer family from our North Knox Campus as they lead and grow their Celebrate Recovery Ministry.

The team arrived in St. Kitts around 3:00 PM and were promptly greeted by the super fabulous Comer family. Their kids even made a special welcome sign and drew pictures of each team member…what an amazing surprise/greeting!

Once on the island the guys headed to the juvenile detention center to share their testimonies and to spend time playing a riveting game of cricket while the women took care of logistics with the hotel and then went to the grocery store to purchase supplies for meals the team will be eating this week.

For dinner, our team convened together at the Comer’s home and shared a wonderfully delicious homemade meal (thanks to Katelyn and Amanda) of tacos. A member from our North Knox Campus flew in this week for vacation, gotta love God’s perfect timing, and was able to join the team. This member met the Comer family for the first time in person and got to hear their testimony and catch up on the incredible work God is doing through their ministry here.

It was a great day full of travel, prayer, fellowship, and fun. After dinner the team prayed together and then headed to their rooms to recharge for church in the morning. We hope that you are as excited as we are and will keep up with our journey throughout the week. Thanks for reading!

– Kelsey

Group Comes Together To Support Missionaries

Katelyn Comer

Recently, our small group gathered items from our homes and asked other friends to gather items from their homes to contribute to a large yard sale to benefit the Comer family, Faith Promise missionaries to St. Kitts.  We priced everything ahead of time and brought our items together Saturday morning at one of our member’s homes.  We ran the sale from 9am to 1pm.  To advertise for the sale we utilized social media and several websites that brought customers from all over Knoxville.  We also posted two signs, as allowed by law. One of the girl’s in our group helped get us set up a with a Square Point of Sale Register so that we were able to accept cash or cards.  Even though it was extremely hot and humid (temperatures were in the high 90s), God sent a steady stream of customers.  The kids in our group set up a free Hydration Station to keep our guests hydrated and happy.  They passed out complimentary treats and collected additional donations from generous customers.  The kids also collected coins this summer to give to the missionaries and were so happy for every cent they could give.  Customers were invited to spend time with us at Faith Promise Church and received a printed copy of the Comer’s mission cards so that they could pray for the Comer Family.  A few people did not buy anything, but still came to the Yard Sale to make a donation.  The grand total from the sale was $1,354 and 100% of those proceeds will go to benefit the Comer Family and they work they will be doing in St. Kitts through Celebrate Recovery!  Everything that was left over from the sale, that could not go to a consignment sale, was donated to a local charity. Our group shared a pizza lunch after the sale then had the rest of the day to ourselves. We share our story today in hopes that others will be inspired to support Faith Promise Missionaries as well!

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I Am Faith Promise