Cory and I, along with my brother-in-law and his wife, recently returned from a long weekend in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Let me start by saying that it was a special trip because we got to see first hand the work that the Lord is doing on this beautiful island. Be sure to read to the end because for the first time we made a short video documenting our trip!
A little background as to why we went on the trip…
Cory and Coby grew up going to Kanakuk Summer Camp, which is where they met Adam Donyes, who founded a program called Link year. Link Year is a 9 month biblical training program that helps develop Christian leaders. During the 9-month program, all students in Link Year spend 1 month doing an international service project. One of the locations for these trips is Eleuthera, Bahamas.
One of the main reasons that we went when we did was so that Cory and Coby could help with a basketball tournament that Link Year puts on for the whole island of Eleuthera. (It’s a fairly small island with a population of about 12,000 people.) Groups from all over the island came out to represent their own settlements (picture small towns) in the tournament and Cory even got to help coach one of the teams.
The tournament was held at the Eleuthera Bible Training center, and was started as a way to get to know locals through a sport that everyone on the island loves. At the end of the tournament, Bill got up in front of everyone, and using a microphone he said, “I know you all came out to represent your own settlements today, but now I want to tell you about who I represent and that’s Jesus Christ.” It was a great reminder that you can use something as simple as basketball as a means to share the love of Christ.
Even though Link Year students only spend 1 month on the island, two missionaries (Bill & Theresa), who’ve lived their for about a year and a half, continuously host mission teams (like Link Year), train local pastors, and share the Gospel throughout the whole island by building relationships with all those that they encounter. We spent a lot of time with them while in Eleuthera and it was incredibly encouraging to see how they loved and cared for so many people on the island. (Seriously every local we met, knew who Bill & Theresa was!) We couldn’t have been any more impressed with them.
We flew from Dallas to Miami to Nassau to Eleuthera. Since each flight was pretty short, the trip didn’t feel bad at all. One side note: If you ever find yourself heading to Eleuthera, be prepared to take a small plane that seats about 10 people on the last leg of the trip haha! It was a little nerve wrecking, but we made it safely. 🙂
We stayed at this adorable VRBO in Rainbow Bay with the most breathtaking views. I would definitely recommend it if you ever take a trip here. There are also some nice hotels on Harbour Island if you’d rather go that route.
Two restaurants that we loved were Rainbow Bay Inn and 1648 Bar & Grille. Both were extremely delicious and were recommended to us by others. If you go to 1648 Bar & Grille than you must get the Lobster Mac & Cheese appetizer. All I have to say is YUM!
We were in Eleuthera for 4 nights and along with helping with the basketball tournament, we got to explore the island and see some beautiful sights. My favorite place we went was Lighthouse Beach. It was well off of the main road, and I don’t think you’d ever find it if you weren’t going with someone who’d been before. It was definitely worth the bumpy roads though because it was insanely gorgeous. We had a picnic on the beach and then hiked to the top of the cliff over looking where the Caribbean and the Pacific oceans met.
Another pretty part of the island we visited was Harbour Town. While we were there, the husbands helped put on a basketball clinic at a local elementary school, but the girls had no plans so we laid out at the beach, got ice cream, and walked into a couple small shops. Someone has to keep the beaches full 🙂
Funny side story: We had to take a small ferry to get back to Rainbow Bay and while we were waiting for the boat to arrive to the dock, I took my wedding and engagement ring off and put them in my pocket so I could put on some lotion. After I rubbed the lotion on my hands, I reached for my rings and my wedding ring literally dropped to the ground and rolled right into the ocean. True Story. Luckily, the water wasn’t very deep and you could see through it. One of the nice link year students jumped down off the dock and we somehow found there ring and I got it back. I honestly thought it was a goner. Haha!
Overall we had an amazing time and were super thankful for getting the opportunity to experience life in Eleuthera! I made a short video documenting our trip so check it out below and let me know what you think!
Love, Amy Cotton