When I came back to Barrouaillie in May two barrels that had been sent three weeks before were waiting for me. The Lord actually worked it out that they arrived and were cleared the day I got into the Country, so I just had to pick them up from the Church! These barrels were filled with things that were essential for life and ministry in SVG.
- Dishes, pots, and pans
- Appliances (popcorn popper, microwave, toaster oven)
- Sheets and towels
- And of course a tv 🙂
Along with those essential items there were some “non-essentials” that to be perfectly honest didn’t make the cut since sending these barrels can be an expensive process after clearing customs. Most of these would fit in the “food category” like extra coffee, big containers of Gatorade powder (helps in a hot climate), protein powder, snack bars, and cereal. Most of these things can be found in St. Vincent, but they just end up costing too much.
Editors note: This would be around $10 US, still too much 🙂
and $21 US for a small bag of Starbucks coffee
The thing is a person can live without luxuries like microwave popcorn, your favorite breakfast cereal, and coffee (editors note I do drink Folgers and Maxwel House in SVG but that doesn’t deserve to be called “coffee”). In fact after a while y0u don’t miss those things! There were moments when I thought “man it would be nice to have a nice smoothie right now!” but to be honest it feels a little bit selfish to send over a barrel full of luxury items…
Every year the Saint Vincent government allows barrels to clear customs for a very cheap price (around $30 of their currency) instead of hundreds of dollars it would normally cost. The moment someone explained that to me Saturday morning I began compiling a wish list on Amazon 🙂
For me this barrel of luxury items means God not only cares about our serious needs, or secondary needs, but even the things we can live without. And occasionally He reminds us that the God who gives us the breath to live, takes great joy in providing Lucky Charms too.