The students of the Sir John A. Cumber Primary School enjoyed a rare treat Thursday when Jamaican storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks came by the school. She captivated the students with a thrilling Anansi (African folktale character) story.

“Telling stories is the most important thing that I do,” said Ms. Blackwood-Meeks, who is a frequent visitor to the Cayman Islands and is a regular contributor to National Cultural Foundation’s Gimistory festival, held this year from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3.

On the same day as Ms. Blackwood-Meeks’s visit, Bill and Karen Salisbury of the Children’s Gospel Crusade in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA, visited students ages 8-11. The couple, who have traveled the world for many years in their ministry, shared stories and other lessons of Jesus through puppetry, ventriloquist dolls and other props.

The students were captivated by Amina Blackwood-Meeks's stories.
The students were captivated by Amina Blackwood-Meeks’s stories.

Student Gage Rivers-McLean said he thought the presentation was “awesome.” Fellow student Marlon Scott said, “It was Godly, if people do what the presenters say, the world would be much better.”

The Salisburys have ministered to children on four continents and continue to be engaged in evangelistic crusades, children’s missionary conferences, camps, daily vacation Bible schools and teacher training seminars. On this, their first visit to the Cayman Islands, they were guests of the pastor and members of Calvary Baptist Church.

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