Balaclava area in Jamaica, July 21 to July 27, 2012
by Jon Nelson
July 22, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Our team has arrived safe and sound in Balaclava. We are off to a great start after having an amazing meal cooked by Pat, Lelieth, Mildred and our other wonderful cooks from the Balaclava Baptist Church. Tonight we spent some time in worship and prepared our hearts and minds for our week of ministry which begins early tomorrow with church! We’re excited about what God has in store and look forward to every minute God allows us to serve him on this island!
by Jon Nelson
July 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM
This morning our team went to church in Elderslie and enjoyed worshiping with the Jamaican church congregation and learning about how they do church in Jamaica! We participated in the service through music and testimonies and spent some time canvassing the neighborhood after church. This evening we went up to the Roses Valley community and attended a street service at the primary school overlooking the mountains. Our team has had a long but great day of worship, fellowship, and learning about Jamaica and the body of Christ here. Thanks for your prayers and support as we continue our ministry!
Painting at Balaclava Primary
by Jon Nelson
July 23, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Our team has spent the afternoon at the Balaclava Primary School helping paint the floor with a new coat. It sure needs it! We got a lot done today!
July 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
We started our day again with VBS, but this time we tried a new, more organized approach. We started the kids out with the skit production of Daniel and then moved them from station to station based on age. There were definitely some benefits to this, but also a couple problems, so we've regrouped and are ready and excited for tomorrow! Unfortunately our sports ministry got rained out so we headed back to the school early and enjoyed some more time bonding and getting closer as a team. Tonight pastor Gareth Irvin of the Balaclava Baptist Church circuit shared a devotional with us which focused on the bleeding woman in Mark 5 and the idea of pressing on toward Jesus. We were blessed and we're now having a final team meeting before bed! God bless!
by Jon Nelson
July 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Internet access became an issue this morning so this update will be brief. Today we continued with VBS out in Elderslie and we're spending time at an orphanage in Mandeville this afternoon. Our team is healthy and having an exciting and awesome trip. Please continue to pray for us as we serve and grow together as a team. God is good.
by Jon Nelson
July 26, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Our last couple days in Jamaica have been exciting! We traveled to a children's home on Wednesday afternoon in Mandeville and had a chance to love on the kids there. We finished our VBS program at the Elderslie Baptist Church this morning before spending some time at YS Falls. YS Falls features natural waterfalls, pools, and a zip line. It was a great chance to relax after our week of ministry in Jamaica! We travel home tomorrow!
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How wonderful it is to hear how you are all using your special talents to the glory of God! I'm ready to hear all the stories of the week and see more pictures. Can't wait to get all of you back home!! Will be praying for safe and uneventful travels home.
Tom and Ellyn Mujeller
We love the photo and updates of your week. Looking forward to hearing all about the trip when you get home. We are praying for a safe journey home for all of you.
I can't wait to hear all about how God is using you all to touch lives and to grow closer to HIm. We miss you sooooo much! Love, Mama Kurtz :)
We are so thankful for the updates! It's good to hear everyone is healthy and having an awesome time! We miss you, Jen, and everyone. (Nala keeps going by your door looking for you). We pray for you all everyday!! Praising God for you all! Love you Jen, and everyone! I love you Jen, and I miss you. You'll have to buy me Starbuck's when you get back to make up for your absence. ~ Jillian
Glad to hear all is going well! Anyway we can get more photos of what the kids and team are doing? Wishing we could be there with you!
We love getting the daily updates. We hope the weather is improving for your sports ministry but we know you are a ray of sunshine to the Jamaican children at VBS! We continue to pray for each of you and look forward to hearing details. Blessings.
What an awesome group!! You all look so good and happy. So excited to see the updates of your mission. Praying for all of you and are so proud of all that you are doing to touch the lives of the people of Jamaica. Special shout out to Payton, we love you. Stay safe and God bless.
By the look of it....it looks like Evan painted himself into the middle and can't get out! haha....somehow it seems like that predicament has happened before. "Help....i've fallen and I can't get up!" Looks like you're all having fun!
You all look so great!!! Especially the "squatting" guy in the front! So glad you all have this awesome opportunity to serve and be together! You are all such a special group and are SO lucky to have the friendships that you have! I only wish I could have done a Pepperoni Roll Production day there in "Jamacia" so I could be with you!! Blessings and love to you all....especially Evan! The Gourley's
Glad to hear you're all safe and sound! We will be praying for you all week as God uses each and every one of you in His own special way. Take good care of yourselves and your Jamaican friends. Love, The Figans
You all look rested and ready to serve! Praying that each of you have the energy, enthusiasm, and example to serve as God so desires in the coming days!
Hope your travels went well! Looking forward to updates on all of the amazing things God will be doing as you are serving Him! Prayed for you tonight at church and will be praying for you all daily. Love you Jen, have an amazing experience! Love you all!
I am praying for all of you and that you are already using your God given talents on your trip! Have a great time and serve well! Jamaica will never be the same!!