Kingston in Jamaica, June 17 to June 23, 2012
by Brian Zeschke
June 17, 2012 at 03:37 PM
We arrived safely and on time in Kingston, Jamaica! After a delicious lunch of jerk chicken and festival we took a quick tour of the (in)famous Port Royal. Once the stomping grounds of pirates such as Henry "Captain" Morgan and the setting of Pirates of the Caribbean, it was known as the "wickedest city on earth". An earthquake sunk half the city into the sea and it was believed that it was God's punishment on the city for being so wicked. It was also the site of a former British navy stronghold in the Caribbean. We toured Fort Charles and took a picture in the "Giddy House". This house was a warehouse for ammunition and was partially sunk in an earthquake leaving it tilted. When you walk inside you lose your balance and it makes you feel "giddy".
Light of the world
by Brian Zeschke
June 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
We stopped by an old lighthouse to take a picture after leaving Port Royal.
A Day at PLC
by Amy Davis
June 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Today we had the pleasure of visiting and helping serve at the Promise Learning Center; a school for children with Autism located in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica. We were instantly greeted by the smiling, excited faces of the students and staff. Throughout the morning we worked within the classrooms helping children with classwork and completed an art project with tye-dying shirts. We were all impressed at how well the facility was run despite having limited resources,
by Dylan Reed
June 19, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Hey guys! Our first two days in Jamaica have been so good. The past two days have been spent at Promise Learning Center, the only school for Autistic children in Jamaica. Our days have consisted of re-tiling three areas, spending time with the children of the facility, doing crafts, and helping with a building addition. Everyone is safe and sound and all having such a good time. It is so awesome to see how God is working through each of our lives, and I know we all can't wait to share our experiences with all of you. The next few days will consist of going to Missionaries Of The Poor, add our finishing touches to the work at the learning center, and doing more crafts with the kids. Thank you for all the prayers and support.
Tuesdsay, June 19, 2012
by FUMCT student
June 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Today is Tuesday, June 19,2012. Everyone on the trip went to the autistic school, Promise Learning this morning, and we all work with the children doing cross necklaces. I worked with this one girl particularly who couldn't talk. She could only make noises and sometimes would say the word sure. When i first began working with her she didn't make any noise, just smiled sometimes. Then I began to explain to her what the cross meant and resembled. I told her how Jesus saved her and died just for her. That she was beautiful and she was created in God's image. I also told her about heaven. When i got through talking she picked up her cross necklace and put it in my hand and said "Jesus." And i said,"Yes! Do you want to know more?" and she said "sure." I told her more and she had the biggest smile. She began to scream and jump around in her seat moving her arms. This was the first time i had seen her get excited all day. Her eyes lit up. The more I told her the more excited she would get. Eventually I got up and walked to the front of the room and dragged me back to her seat. I told her about praying and how she has a choice to be with Jesus. I explained to her how she has to talk to Jesus. That if she asks him to save her then he will. She looked overjoyed. I asked her if she wanted to say the salvation prayer. She started screaming joyfully again. Then I said, "Yes, thats how you talk to Jesus." Then I asked her if she wanted me to pray it with her and she said "sure." So I asked her to close her eyes and I prayed that she would be saved and that Jesus would be a part of her life. God was defiantly shining radiantly through this little girl.
Do Unto the Least of Them
by Amy Davis
June 21, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Yesterday was yet again another amazing, God-inspired day for our team. We started off early as usual, made sure we filled up on some coffee and traveled to the Missionaries of the Poor located in downtown Kingston. This particular organization is a Catholic foundation run by monks in training from all over the world. The residents at this facility range from having severe metal, emotional and physical handicaps and are of every age. They are the forgotten and rejected of society and the brothers offer a place a solace and care for all those in need that they can help.
by Amy Davis
June 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Well folks it was another awesome day. We were back at Promise Learning Center and had the children paint pictures. It was so fun to see them express their creativity, especially since sometimes it's very difficult to know what's going on inside the mind of someone with Autism. The morning as a whole was blast as the children continued to open up more and more with us. You could hear laughter and joy ringing out throughout each room of the building, which was yet again another reminder of Christ's love for His children.
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