Hopewell in Jamaica, June 21 to June 27, 2008
Safe Arrival & Worship
by Jennie O
June 22, 2008 at 12:11 PM
We arrived at Montego Bay Airport with not too many hassles traveling. We met Jennie, Brianna and Josh and went straight to Hopewell where we settled into our quarters. We had our orientation meeting and met Pastor Oniel Brown among many other members of Hopewell Baptist Church. They have quite a team taking care of our every need. We have been welcomed into their church with love.
by Bri Weatherly
June 24, 2008 at 01:24 PM
Monday morning we split into two groups and had the chance to give devotions at two of the local schools. After we came back together, we got prepared and headed out to two of our construction sites. The first was at Hopewell Baptist, our partner in ministry this week that has welcomed us warmly. We poured cement for the foundation of the addition they are building; while others picked up trash at the sports field across the street. The second group headed to Cocoon Castle Baptist Church, a sister church of Hopewell Baptist. There they plastered walls and helped with the construction of their building as well. After lunch a quick time of rest we headed to an Infirmary (which is similar to an old folks home). God opened our eyes and broke out hearts as we visited with the residents and saw the conditions that they live in. After the Infirmary we were on the road again … off to VBS. VBS was a blast!! Visiting with the kids and playing games, doing crafts, and sharing Jesus’ love with the children. It took us a while to leave VBS because the children didn’t want us to go, and we didn’t want to leave either. But finally we arrived home for the night, ate supper (curried goat!!) and did some missions training before hitting the pillow for the night. It was a long day, but God has seen been with us every step.
by Bri Weatherly
June 24, 2008 at 01:26 PM
This morning came quickly and has been full already. After breakfast we hopped on the buses for our construction sites. Today we were able to begin at our third site, a missionary house for Hopewell Baptist. We arrived at the site with two large mounds of gravel greeting us. We formed some assembly lines and filled the foundation by buckets and wheelbarrows. Tomorrow there will be more piles of gravel greeting us. We are enjoying a nice rest time now. Some are sitting in the cool shade visiting while others are exploring the area. Tonight we are looking forward to more VBS and smiling children and then visiting a children’s home afterwards. We would appreciate prayer for the Holy Spirit to continually renew our energy and spirits as the day is long and hot and we want give it our all.
June 26, 2008 at 01:30 PM
Wednesday morning came bright and early. We ate breakfast and headed out to our three work sites. A smaller group went to Cocoon Baptist to help spakel the walls. Another group headed out to Hopewell and continued constructing the foundation. The largest group went to the parsonage/missionary house and continued filling in the foundation with gravel. We were reminded that through our faith and relying on the Holy Spirit we were able to move mountains...of gravel, of course!
by Bri Weatherly
June 26, 2008 at 01:47 PM
This morning we were able to finish off the last bit at the church, and help clean the sanctuary. At the parsonage/missionary house we gave our mountains of gravel one last push. We calculated that we moved roughly 4,000 buckets of gravel at that site alone. We worked hard, but it was worth it. After construction we got read for an afternoon to unwind and debrief from the amazing experience God has blessed us with. Its hard to believe that we will be home tommarow!
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I'm sure that you all had a terrific time. Most of you don't know us but just know that we were excited for you that the door opened for you to experience this kind of ministry. Stories will abound for each of you. Share them to strengthen your faith and the faith of others......hide it under a bushel, NO, let it shine, let it shine!
It's been a joy to be on this journey w. you, even while in CO. If only we could catch a glimpse of all He's done this week!
Press on! Keep relying on God for the strength you need! "Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. We continue to pray for you and know that you are a powerful witness for him. I was a bit surprised by the curried goat... how was it Laura? Here is a great passage to put into action, "See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God:" Hebrews 12:15a See you soon!
We were so happy to see your photo with your feet on the ground in Jamaica! Praise God! Press on with love and strength through Jesus. Lots of people praying for you each day. Looking forward to the curried goat recipe!
Mike, Patty, Jessica, and Amy Hanson
Just wanted to let you all know that we are thinking of you and praying for you everyday. We're jealous, but defintely glad you were blessed with this experience to witness for Jesus! Hope you are all enjoying yourselves! We know that you are hot and tired, but let Jesus continue to work through you. You're doing an awesome thing. Remember, the spirit is willing, but the body is weak. You couldn't be doing this without Christ right by your side. God Bless. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We can't wait to see you all (and we expect tons of pictures and stories!)
Carmen/Larry from Elk Point
Glad to hear you all made it. Carmen got the email but can't get it to open. She wanted me to tell you she prays for all of you each day. Hope all is going well and you are enjoying yourselves. Things are warm and humid here which I am sure they are where you guys are. Hope you all have a fulfilling and enriching time in your service to the Lord. God Bless
We are glad you arrived safe and sound. God is so good. Keep your eyes on Jesus, he's the ragman. Look for him in unexpected places. And remember Jesus words, as you have done it to the least of these you have done unto me. We love you guys and are keeping you in our prayers.
Alan, Rose and Amanda Weber
Far out! You guys all look so refreshed and happy, even after a long trip! We pray that God continues to bless you during your mission work. We love you guys!
Patty in Elk Point
I am just back from my four day Silent Retreat. Prayers were offered continually for your safe travel and the success of your mission. My prayers will continue. And don't forget to savor how good the Lord is....after all, you're in Jamaica 'mon'!
Thought and prayed for all of you often yesterday. Hope you arrived safely. We are all so proud of you!