Saint Ann's Bay in Jamaica, August 02 to August 09, 2008
Saturday- In Jamaica!
by Jon Nelson
August 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM
Well we arrived in Montego Bay, Jamaica yesterday afternoon. Actually we flew in at 1:30 and left the airport around 4:30. A lot of flights arrived at the same time and it made for a hectic time getting through customs and immigration. Once we arrived we headed straight for St. Ann's Bay, where we'll be spending the week. The St. Ann's Bay Baptist Church circuit is the church we'll be working with. We met our cook, Niel, last night and had our first meal (chicken with rice and beans). Last night we also settled into the Marcus Garvey Technical High School, where we're staying for the week. A cold shower topped off our day to cool us down and get us ready for bed.
by Jon Nelson
August 4, 2008 at 05:39 PM
Well it’s Monday night, and our team is doing well. The last couple days have been very busy but we’re enjoying it and seeing God in the work and ministry we’re doing. Yesterday we got to experience an authentic Jamaican church service in the morning and a Jamaican “Prayer and Praise” service in the evening. It was a great time of fellowship with the believers in the St. Ann’s Bay circuit. Yesterday wasn’t just church though! We also did some hospital ministry during which we got to go into the hospital wards and spend time praying with and encouraging the patients. We had our first vacation Bible school on Sunday too. Only a handful of kids showed up but we had a great time getting to know them and share the love of Christ with them.
by Jon Nelson
August 5, 2008 at 02:47 PM
Hello friends and family,
It's already Wednesday!
by Jon Nelson
August 6, 2008 at 02:53 PM
This week seems like it has flown by! We've been so busy with so many things, and Wednesday evening is upon us already. Our VBS has been blessed and we're enjoying a final day on Jamaica's independence day (August 6th, 1962) . Today we layed bricks out at the Seville land! After a couple days of preparing rebar, bending steel, and mixing cement, it was great to be able to lay part of the wall we had been preparing! This afternoon we got to participate in homeless ministry / street outreach. Our team was joined by some locals at the church and we were led into the streets of St. Ann's Bay. It went very well and we passed out a number of meals to those who were living on the street. The community is active in fulfilling needs for the homeless here in town, and the church we're working with is a big part of that! This evening we're looking forward to an independence day celebration that the church's youth program will coordinate. We're going to have a chance to get to know the people at the church a little more, particularly the young people. Tomorrow we're ready for a day of fun and relaxation! We'll be spending time on the beach and in Ocho Rios, a local town. Pray for us as we wrap up our week. God bless you!
The last couple days....
by Jon Nelson
August 8, 2008 at 11:30 AM
Our team is currently in the airport and beginning our journey home. It's been an emotional week. It's been full of amazing things, great people, and unforgettable experiences. We thank God for what He's done this week, far and above our expectations. Yesterday we spent the day at Ocho Rios- it's a nearby tourist town bustling with people, especially when a cruise ship is docked (which on Thursday there was one). Many of us spent a lot of time at the beach and walked about town, shopping for souvenirs and eating local cuisine. For some of us it was tough to swallow the fact that so much money goes into tourism and there is such poverty literally right across the street. Last night we gathered together with the rest of our Praying Pelican team and had our last supper at a place called the Almond Tree Restaurant. Salad, spaghetti and desert hit the spot for most of us, especially since we were overlooking the beautiful caribbean ocean off the northern coast of Jamaica. We held our debriefing meeting at the restaurant as well, celebrating for everything that's happened during the week and spending one last time all together with the rest of our team. This morning on our way to the airport we continued our ministry by spending some time at the Blossom Garden Children's Home. Many of us spent time holding, playing with, and entertaining small children. We look forward to seeing you all as we arrive home! God bless you all and praise Him for a great week!
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Hey Ingrid! Just a quick note to tell you I'm thinking of you and praying for your mission there. We are getting excited to leave tomorrow morning to head up to the Twin Cities for your shower on Sunday. We had a nice chat with Dane last night. I went to the NE Broadcaster's Association annual award's dinner where they honored Ethan for his scholarship for this coming year. It was great fun! We pray for a safe return for you and your group. Love, Mom
Hi Guys!!! I have really missed you Ingrid and Sandy. Been kinda lonely here all by myself! Have a wonderful trip home!!
It sounds like it has been a great week for you. I hope you have had a good time serving and have had tons of fun as well. I look forward to hearing all the wonderful stories you will have to share. Happy Birthday Sandy. Joel, I hope you still (heart) kids after a week of VBS. Your golf clubs are waiting for you. Blessings, Pastor Dwaine
Hey Joel and gang, Hope you're all having a wonderful trip. Looking forward to coming to get you tonight. Hope the beach was fun and that sunscreen was worn by all! Love you, MOM
Grandpa and Grandma
Mallory: Kelsey helped us get your website up. Matt, Isaiah and she are here on Thursday. Hope all is well
Winnie Mack/Vikki's Counsin
Hi Philip and Chelsea: Wow, you guys are awesome to be part of such a wonderful giving group. Philip, you are the best Dad around to be able to share this experience with your daughter. Chelsea, you are the greatest to be able to commit your life to others that need your help. We need more people like you in this world! Have a great time. I am thinking of you and wishing you joy and peace. Love you guys!
You guys are looking good. I miss you both. Chad Kelen and I are leaving in the morning as soon as they get up. Poor Kelen. Hope You have a boring flight home.Love you both Tom
08-06 Susie and Elaina: Yup... Two more days of moping dogs. Last night, every sound they heard meant a run to the garage door to greet you. Have to admit, a couple of times I, too, was thinking you would walk in and say, "Hi". From the journal entries, you sound like your having a lot of fun. And, Elaina, since you now know how to mix and prep concrete, I'm sure that there will be a project you and I can do together when you get home. Susie, I have to ask, didn't the photographer tell EVERYONE to act crazy for the photo? Were you the only one to not hear that? Or were you just being all "chaperone" for the photo? It's amazing that I'll be picking you up in just 2 days at the airport. After all of the planning and fundraising and everything, the trip sure goes by fast. Have fun doing GOoD work and we'll see you soon.
What a great group picture. Looks like a fun group. I pray that God blesses your week in Jamaica.
This is for Sandy, Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Sandy, Happy Birthday to you!!! Love you lots and wishing you a wonderful day my dear friend.
Hey Phil, just writing to say "hi" from your buddy. You look like quite the home-boy on that picture! I'm proud of you for what you are doing on this trip ~ it's very cool. Miss seeing you every day at work, but of course, we can't talk about it! ha ha See you soon! Hi to Chelsey - come see us when you get back, I can't wait to hear about your experiences!
Looks like ya'll are having a good time and sounds like you are working hard! God Bless. Mal's Aunt B
Hi Sue and Alana! Just wanted to let you know we miss you here. Donna and I are trying to keep the guys in line. Wouldn't you know Adam is the easiest one. Both he and I are looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Hayley and Angela
hayley saying hi phil and chelse love ya hpe you are haveing fun bye the llooks of it you are hoppe that it is not to hot aroung there love ya, hayley hi daddy heychels sorry ur phone was on and i txt brad that you werein jamaca but well i just said this is angela chels is in jamaca because hey asked wat u were doin today in that pic. chels u look like u just got out of bed but you mall do and daddy i miss you and you looked like you weren't very happy but you all looked that way and i almost got infected by bugs at the cabin scott said we had to go to krosby near the cabin to get some ant- itch cream well we talked to the pharmased but HA HA HAlooks like u don't get to go to uncle scotts and go tubbing but hope you guys are having fun and chels the water in the lake is awesome me and haley jumped off the end of the dock 1,0000,000 times and no weeds but you r probaly having a much better time then me and chris called just to check up on us andwe will call him on friday bye!!!! love angela
Resurrection Mission Group 2008 You Rock!!!!! I am so proud of all of you! By the looks of your 1st photo "jamaican"ya a little crazy! I mean that in a good way! Ha! I know that each of you have so many gifts to offer. God Bless you all! Safe travels. Wish I was there experiencing it right along with you! Vikki
Hi Mallory! I hope you are having a lovely time and a very meaningful experience in beautiful Jamaica! I know that it's not all glamorous and that you all will probably have plenty of work to do. I'm sure that the folks and natives that you are working with appreciate your efforts tremendously! Don't forget the sunblock and watch the sand fleas! My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your group! Stock up on those warm memories for this next Minnesota winter! As we say in the South: "Bless your little heart!" Uncle Neil Williamsburg, VA
Hey Ingrid, It sounds like your gifts and talents are being well used there. I imagine the differences between the hospital there and Children's are great. It was good to read that you are spending time with the girls who need your attention and prayers in the group home. I am so proud of the work you have done all over the world. We are sooooo looking forward to seeing you this weekend. Continue your good work with the help of God. We look forward to hearing all about it. Love, Mom
It is so great to see you all so goofy! But dressed to the nines!!! Love you all and miss you. Happy birthday Sandy (tomorrow). Remember to keep the Kingdom focus :)
Hey, Phil and Chelsey... Glad to hear that you are all having a good time there in Sunny Jamaica. Even more glad to hear that you have had a chance to do good for others. Keep up the good work, and have a little fun in the sun for me. Take care, God Bless,
Hey Ingrid, I just wanted to send you my love from rural Minnesota. I have been thinking about you lots and wondering how your trip is going. It sounds like tons of fun! I hope the rest of it goes well. I'll be sending love and prayers your way. Love you bunches!
Hey Mal, Glad to hear you made it through both flights. Sounds like you are having fun and working hard. Stay cool. We are thinking of you. Enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new things. Love you, Mom and Dad
Hi Mary, Hope everything is going well. We are thinking about you and praying for your mission. We all miss you. Harley, Mickey & Linda
08-04-08, To my better half and halfling, two days of moping dogs so far. We all miss you but you should know that I am very proud of what you are doing. These are the times together that you will never forget, so savor each muggy, sweaty day. Love you both,
Hey guys! SO proud of what you are all doing! I am sure it will be a very rewarding experience and make you appreciate all that you have here in the states!! Stay positive and have fun!! Sending thoughts and prayers your way! Love ya Mal!!
Hi Guys! I hope you are having an excellent time in Jamaica. Have a safe and wonderful trip. Love you Alana, Mom, and Auntie Mary, Margaret
Mom and Dad
Hi Emily, I hope the trip there was as fun as you anticipated. We miss you already (especially Riley!) We will be praying for you and the rest of the group. Have a great time! Love Mom and Dad
Hello to all! Glad to hear that you made it safely. I'm looking forward to updates! I hope the trip is fulfilling the the journey home is safe. Love you Kyle.
Vikki and Sophia
Hi guys! Glad to hear that you made it safely. It's raining really hard right now which is great, we needed it! Can't wait to see your journals. There are none posted right now but did see some other groups. Looks awesome and rewarding! Love to all of you, especially Chelsey Hannah and my honey Philip! Gotta admit, having the whole bed to myself was a treat but I will miss my snuggler. The Mama and Soph
Hope you had a good flight, and are still happy. It's raining here now. Love you
Hi all! You've all been on my mind much today! Hope your flight was smooth and you're settling in. Love you, Joel
Just wanted you to know that we are all praying for you and thinking of you!!!!