Montego Bay in Jamaica, July 08 to July 14, 2012
by Jon Nelson
July 8, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Our Faith Bible Church Jamaica ministry team has safely arrived on the island mon!! We're settled in at the Calvary Baptist Church, where our youth team was four years ago as well and where a few of us were also. We're excited to again serve within the Calvary circuit of Baptist Churches and explore what God has in store as we serve him this week. It's hot, but not as hot as it was when we left Iowa!!! We're ready for a full night of rest followed by a full day of strong ministry serving a BIG God tomorrow!
VBS at Calvary!
July 9, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Our team assisted with VBS at Calvary Baptist Church today! This is the church that we're staying at, and we'll be doing this every morning this week. We split into four different groups to work with the youth. It was great to get to see how quickly the kids became attached to us. It will be a fun week working with the kids and teachers!
Off to Paint!
July 9, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Our first afternoon in Jamaica found us splitting up to help with a few different service projects. One group took a church bus to a different part of the city to assist with painting a picket fence around a school building. We joined another church youth group there. (This photo is of Whitney, Lydia, Kiera, Dave, and Mitch.)
July 9, 2012 at 10:34 PM
The second group walked to a nearby home to paint the front porch and kitchen of a local family's home. The home was painted light blue and white, and it's a good thing we brought along paint clothes! It was a great time to learn about the neighborhood and some of the local fruit trees...including ackee, bread fruit, mango, banana, and cherry that they had in their front yard. (This is a picture of Zach, Claire, Josh, Carissa, Jacey, Rachel, and Janna.)
Tuesday at VBS
July 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
We started the day with VBS again. There were more kids attending today, which is just what we hoped for. The best part of the morning was when a young boy accepted Christ during a conversation with one of our youth!
Visiting the Orphanage
July 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
After lunch, we loaded up the church bus to visit West Haven, an orphanage for disabled children and adults. The bus ride was memorable as we traveled up a mountain on a very winding, narrow, and pot-hole-filled road. Our excellent driver, Andy, got us there and back with no problem, mon!
Another photo at West Haven
July 11, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Anna, Jill, Rachel and Whitney with some of the residents.
A Special Friend
July 11, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Ben E. with a new friend who spent all afternoon showing him around his home at West Haven.
Wednesday at VBS
July 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Today we had another great group of kids at VBS. Each morning brings new faces. VBS time runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, so we have lots of time to spend with the kids. They eat lunch at the church before they head for home at the end of the morning.
July 11, 2012 at 06:01 PM
We spend time playing outdoors with the kids during our VBS time. Even though the weather is very warm, they don't mind playing in the sun at all.
July 11, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Our group headed off in a three different directions today, but we all completed work projects. Anna, Halley, Joey, Ben E., Ben B., Whitney, and Paul stayed at the church to paint. Another group went to a family's home to do some cement repair and painting, and the third group took the church bus to an infant school to paint part of their school building. (This is a picture of Sam and Jordan working on the cement.)
Painting at the School
July 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM
A LOT of painting was going on here! It was an interesting drive to and from the school as some of the roadways had been almost washed away. The bus only had to turn around once, though!
Food...and other stuff
July 11, 2012 at 06:15 PM
The cooks here at Calvary Baptist have been awesome! They give us a great variety of food we know and love...and food we're not so familiar with. Tonight we had roast beef and mashed potatoes. Last night, however, was a bit different. We had curried goat and yams, and dinner was delicious! We've had slice fish, fried bread fruit, dumplings, collard greens, and Jamaica's national dish - ackee and saltfish. (The picture at the left is of the green curried goat. Good stuff!)
July 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM
After VBS, we ate lunch, then loaded the bus to visit some elderly Jamaicans at two different care centers. The kids had a great time talking, listening, and reading from their Bibles. Some residents would ask for specific verses to be read to them and sit silently while the kids read. It was a beneficial afternoon for everyone.
by Entire team
July 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Paul took Lydia, Kiera, Ky, and Sam on a walk through the neighborhood. This is one gentleman that they chatted with.
Wrap up and Recreation!
July 14, 2012 at 12:29 AM
This was our final day of VBS. It was sad to say good-bye to the kids, but everyone was glad they had the chance to meet them. We all participated in the closing worship, and then loaded up the bus again for our afternoon of fun. We spent the afternoon at “Doctor’s Cave”, a beach near to our church. The students had a great time playing in the water, visiting the nearby shops, and just enjoying a beautiful day outside. After supper, (spaghetti and meatballs!), we joined our church for a Youth Rally. There were quite a few church members there, and we all had a good time. It was a fitting way to end our week in Jamaica- celebrating and worshiping a big God together with our brothers and sisters in Christ from the island!
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Thank you for sharing the pictures & updates! Praising God for the hearts that are being changed! Praying for all of you! -- "Do not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." Galations 6:9
Painting dirty walls, praying in the halls, I hope God keeps you safe, so you don't get sunburns that chafe. Playing at VBS Don't forget the SPF Count your blessings, go to sleep, so you'll be well-rested when you need to leap. Alas! I'm stuck in school of the summer, they won't let me out to serve God. Bummer. :( Oh, the way of liberal arts! skipping class, playing darts. Cross my fingers, hope I'll pass. You know, um, pass the class. God Bless...mon :)
Janna, thank you SO much for the updates and pictures...we know you are busy over there and the updates are much appreciated! What an awesome opportunity for our youth to serve their awesome God and learn about themselves and ministry and another culture. I know this will be life impacting for all involved. We will keep praying, safe travels!
Hello from Iowa....Nice work and praying God's hand is on you all and praising Him for safe travels to Jamacia..
great picture! looking forward to seeing what all you are doing this week! <3
So glad to here everyone arrived safely! We are praying that God uses the team in a mighty way through out the week. Hope everyone gets a good nights rest.