As time went on and the weeks turned into months and months into years, Trinidad became a part of who I was. Just like every move before, I adjusted and thrived. I was very active with the young people at San Fernando Church of Christ and was even able to participate in my dad’s six week Greek class at the school. I participated in any crusades we were having or tent meetings. On multiply occasions, while my dad preached on a street corner, I was there and enjoying the fellowship with other Christians and the opportunity to share the Good News to anyone who was willing to listen.
The food became something I craved and still do to this day. Oh, to be able to bite into some Shark and Bake, while gazing out over the ocean at Maracas Bay. What I wouldn’t give to be able to have my dad walk through the front door with our mid-morning snack, Doubles. I wish I had payed more attention to my good friend Kiba, as she tried to teach me how to cook some of my favorite dishes. I keep saying that one day I am going to attempt to cook some Roti. As many times as I complained about the smell of the curry dishes cooking so early in the morning, I would give anything to smell that smell again. You don’t miss it till it’s gone.
Being in Trinidad for two years was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I grew so much as a person and as a Christian and I know that I am a better person because of it. I know my parents had their doubts about uprooting their two youngest children and moving them to another part of the world, but I am so glad that they took the chance and allowed us those opportunities that so few get to experience.
As I think back on it all, I am reminded of something my oldest sister told me not long before we moved. She and I were riding in her truck and knowing how upset and scared I was about leaving, she reminded me of the scripture in First Corinthians 10:13. Even though this scripture was referring to temptations and that God would not allow you to be tempted more than you could handle and He would always provide a way to escape those temptations, at this moment in my life, it reminded me that I was not alone in this journey, God would be with me. God would see me through the difficult times and help me to overcome, and He did!