Hopewell in Jamaica, May 22 to May 29, 2010
Stuck in Montego Bay
by Grant Hoel
May 23, 2010 at 07:41 AM
We all made it! Not without some excitement, of course. Before even arriving to the lodging we went the spend time with the folks at the St. James Infirmary where our bus refused to leave. We had a great time with the residents there while a few struggled to get the bus out of the clay. It became quite a spectacle after a couple of hours. From there we went to dinner and back to the hotel. There were a few late flights and delays but we all made it safe and sound at our hotel. The team is fantastic! Good senses of humor, and relaxed attitude. They will fit right in with the Jamaicans! Continue to pray for us this week and we will come back with plenty of stories on how God has used us to serve the Cacoon Castle Baptist Church and their community. No doubt we will learn a lot from them as well!
by Grant Hoel
May 24, 2010 at 06:20 AM
Well it's been another lovely day in paradise! The community of Cacoon Castle received us well today. We led the Worship Service and Some of the Sunday School this morning. The people were so beautiful and warm, it was great to worship with them.
by Josh Ruiter
May 24, 2010 at 07:54 PM
YAY GOD!!! Droubt is not a problem in Cacoon Castle today. For the farmers in Jamaica today gave them their favorite type of sun, "liquid sunshine", blessing the community with a driving rain throughout the afternoon, but not setting back the team at all! Today kicked off the beginning of the work week in Cacoon Castle. Cotton swabs, drills, picks, hammers, mortar, tile, rock, paint, more rocks, and water, lots and lots of water. That is what took place in the Cacoon Castle community today.
by Grant Hoel
May 27, 2010 at 05:25 AM
Well it has been a couple days since the last update but all is going very well. It has rained every day between 1 and 4pm. This definitely caused us to get creative with the ministries in the small church space where there is a dental clinic, tile being laid, and VBS. This picture is an example of that.
Wrapping things up
by Grant Hoel
May 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM
Well yesterday was another fantastic day of ministry. The crew worked very hard all day long. The workers at the parsonage were very sweaty from all the shoveling and bucket passing. The Cacoon Castle site had rain nearly all day! Despite the rain, they were able to take over 30 patients before 3pm, the painters finished their work in the bathrooms and outside before hauling buckets of cement to pour a floor for an entire room, and the VBS was a huge success with over 90 kids again! This has been one of the most adaptable and hard working groups ever! They were rewarded today with climbing Dunn's River Falls and enjoying the beaches and shopping in Ocho Rios. Tonight will be our final meeting and tomorrow we will be sad to see them off. We hope to have you back Blaine UMC and the Aakres! Thanks for all the memories!
by Grant Hoel
May 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM
(Pickney is Patois for Baby) Helen became very attached to this one!
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Praying for your safety everyday. Saw what was happening over there on the news. Please know that you are always in my prayers and in my heart. I love and miss you Chip!!
great to hear your safe arrivals and good health. we uphold your construction, vsb, dental works et al. we continue our prayers, our blessings of God's faith and your commitments to shine this light on the beautiful people of Jamaica. thanks for all your sharing. we love all y'all. shalom
praying and trusting that you all are safe. waiting to hear an update...
Sounds like you guys are working hard and making a positive impact! I hope you guys have a safe rest of your trip. I am thinking of you all!
Blaine UMC! Thanks so much for your work and blessing to the people of Jamaica! Serving in health care is such a need and it's exciting seeing a picture and a story of the people you're able to serve through that work. Have an amazing week!
From Dental to Tiling to VBS, what a Blessing to have so many talented people on the mission. Keep up the good work and have a safe trip back.
Hi Blaine UMC - Sorry I could not be in Jamaica with you this year. I know that God will be doing amazing things through your ministry. My family is praying for you
Glad everyone made it there safe .A sense of humor is a must on mission trips. Wish I was there with all of you but will be there in thoughts and prayers. Have a safe trip and work hard and spread God's love to all you meet. Can't wait to hear about the trip.
Funny about the bus...I can just see it! So glad to hear you all made it and are well on your way to do the good works where the workers are few but the harvest is great. I know that by being such faithful witnesses He will shine through each and every one of you to show others what an awesome God we have! God Bless all of you. Go Team!
haha bus in the clay? this mission trip will be an adventure! and it looks like they're already having fun. i pray that they will keep this excitement and let god work through them as they interact with the people there. btw, nice smile dad.
Rev. Kathleen Weber
So glad to see a picture of the team! And it doesn't surprise me to hear that you've already had your first test of patience and flexibility - a bus stuck in the clay! We prayed for the team in both worship services today and know that you are already making connections and relationships that will enrich everyone's life. Be safe, have fun and remain open to the movement of the spirit!