in Jamaica , July 03 to July 09, 2011
by PPM Staff
July 3, 2011 at 08:34 PM
We're finally all here together! Got to our new home this afternoon and settled in with the other two groups. Got to meet and mingle a little before doing some worship and orientation. Got some VBS crafts assembled this evening and ready for a full day of ministry tomorrow! Please continue to pray for our week and those we will be serving and serving with!
Great first day!
by Abi Williams
July 4, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Today we woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed, at 7, for breakfast. We were all ready for a day that would stretch us mentally as well as physically. With the previous night diligently preparing our vacation bible school materials, mostly the crafts which were quite a task but were a hit, we were ready to test everything out. With excitement we got on a bus with another team from Arizona and headed off for our destinations. As we drove deep into Jamaica we got to see much of the culture and the inner beauty of Jamaica. From the breath taking mountains to the goats that are everywhere. After an hour trip we had arrived at a small town where we set up at a quaint church and where greeted with warm hearts. While some people stayed behind to set up most of the group went out into the community and invited people to come. While waiting for some of the other community members to arrive a couple people from the group got to teach the kids how to play kick ball. With the kids kind of making up their own rules we definitely still had a fantastic time. Vacation bible school kicked off with traditional Jamaica songs and dances and the singing of their national anthem. It was really cool to experience a little bit of the Jamaican culture that way. As the VBS went on everyone made connections with the children there and learned how to teach about god in different ways and reaching out to the children in a way that we haven’t gotten to experience before. VBS was a hit and the kids were begging us not to leave as we didn’t want to leave either. We then got some bag juices from a shop down the road it was very interesting, it was a sweet frozen substance in a bag. Next we made our way to get some lunch at the church that the other group from Arizona was at. After we made our way to a construction site where we helped a man build his house. We made an assembly line and filled buckets with dirt and filled the man’s house to level it. We sang and even though we worked like dogs we had a great time doing it. Today was a great way to start off the week, and we already have so many stories to tell…
by PPM Staff
July 5, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Today was another great day, but God did send some of his rains of mercy to fall upon us. VBS went well and we saw a healthy increase in the number of children today! They are waiting for us when we get to the church and they're so excited to see us! It's awesome to have so many of our little "fans" running around with us all morning.
Fun at VBS
by PPM Staff
July 8, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Enjoying our time with the children at VBS. They love us so much and it's definitely reciprocated!
by Abi Williams
July 8, 2011 at 03:05 PM
We had a great start to the day with a traditional breakfast with some interesting flavors. During our hour long bus ride we sang every song that came to mind, all the while bugging the Arizona team. VBS was a hit again today and the kids had a blast along with us. It’s really interesting to see how the kids take care of each other almost as if a parent would. All of us have also found at least one person that we call “our guy” which is just a kid that we have connected to and hope to draw them closer to the lord in a more personal way. In the afternoon we got down and dirty by mixing and pouring concrete for a school of 300 in desperate need of another building. After a hard day at work we are off to a Jamaican church service which should be very enlightening. All of us have started becoming very close and are all forming amazing friendships. It has also been amazing as we watch our friends, and ourselves, grow with the lord, grow as a leader, and grow as a person.
by PPM Staff
July 8, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Today was our last day of ministry and it was a great one! It was hard to say goodbye to the children we've been working with at VBS all week, but we could really see how much we've impacted them as well as how much they have impacted us! After VBS we went to a girls' home. This is where girls are sent because of situations at home that make it unsafe for them to be there. We spent a little time there and got to see how rough life can be for them at times. After the girls' home we went to the infirmary, which is basically a nursing home but with much less staff and worse conditions. The people there were so joyful and loving and blessed us much more than we could ever bless them! They sang for us, read scripture to us, and prayed for us. It was an awesome and touching time.
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Hi Aubrey, Sounds like you are having a great time. I know it has been a blessing for you and the children in Jamacia. Have a safe trip home and we will see you soon. Love and prayers.
Julie... I don't ever think we've gone this long without talking :-( Miss ya girfriend !!! Hope tomorrow is a restful, relaxing day ! Ally and Abi... can you say SUNDROP haha
So excited to see our youth group and leaders doing God's work in Jamaica. This is an experience of a lifetime to share God's word with kids in Jamaica. I have been praying for safe travels, strength, and rest. Keep up the good work and I can't wait to hear stories!
So amazing what you all are doing there. Praying for the hearts there to see and receive the love of God through your actions and service;and for your protection as well. God bless you!
WOW Julie and Ally your trip is almost over. Hope tomorrow is a relaxing day for you. I know it will be alot of mixed emotions leaving. I know God has worked in the lives of those children. How amazing and awesome that God has used you to spread His word. I know those kids will miss you all. We all miss you back here and cannot wait to see you. Have safe travels back our love and prayers are with all of you. Love Mom
Hey Julie, I found dill pickle krunchers. woo hoo wish i could find chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream. LOL Enjoy your day of rest and relaxation tomorrow !! HUGS TO MY GIRLS
Karen Davis/ Oblong, IL
It is so great to hear of all you are doing. I so wish someday our church will take a mission trip somewhere. Of course I believe that we all have missions right where we are at but at the same time...the excitement your church is bringing and allowing these young adults to do this is awesome! Bless the chaperones!!!! Bible school is a great mission tool and a great way to introduce many to Christ. God Bless you all! Thanks for posting updates! Hope I am at the Lake to hear about the trip! Again....God Bless you all for the awesome work you are doing there! Hello Sparks!!!! Love to all!
Prayers from Wisconsin to Jamaica God makes quick and accurate connections. Praying that because of your trip, there will be those who are connecting with Jesus!
Great to follow along with your journey! Love seeing the pictures and hearing about your daily adventures. Wendy says: Love the t's and KUMBAYA Hilary says: Praying for you! Michelle says: Keep up the good work! Julie says: Do Yu Ting Mon!!! We miss you Sherrie
Julie and Ally Glad you guys are having such a great time! Can't wait to see pictures! Live Ruth, Curt and Olivia
Love you, Amy and Jacob. Hope your doing well. Praying for the two of you, and the rest of your family. Proud of you both. GOD BLESS
Awesome to hear that you are drawing them in for VBS and getting an opportunity to serve on the bucket brigades. We never know how we are going to be called:) Proud of you Abi and Sherrie, heck proud of all of you guys! Prayers for you all.
You are all shining examples of God's love. Nothing more amazing than sharing the LOVE and FAITH of our WONDERFUL LORD :-) Looking forward to hearing all about it. I'm sure this experience makes you really put life in perspective !! God is GOOD . Much love and prayers Holly, Eric, Callie & Brooke
How thrilling for you all...the awesome souls from the Lake and the locals sharing their souls with you as well! Learning through experience is fantastic! How great to see your lives and love in action! God's love knows no state nor international boundaries! Keep up the great works! We'll look so forward to seeing you all and hearing your amazing stories! Aubrey keep drawing! :) We're all praying and thinking about you ALL!! 'LOVE the pix!! Great teamwork!!!!
Sherrie and Abi praying for you. What a awesome experience for you guys. I know that God is working in your lives. How precious are the kids that are attending Vacation Bible School. I know that they are a blessing in your lives and I know you are blessing them too. How neat that you are there with Abi!!!!!! You will be in my prayers and thoughts. Have fun see ya soon. Can't wait to see all of Abi's p;ictures!!!!!!!! Love Donna
Julie and Ally so neat reading about all that is going on. Dad and I are so proud of you. We are praying for all of you and for God to work in the lives of everyone. What a life changing experience this will be for all of you. How precious those kids are that you have at Vacation Bible School. Praying for safety and strength everyday for you all. Miss you alot and cannot wait to hear about your experience!!!!!!!! God is FAITHFUL. See you soon. Love Dad and Mom
Hey guys wishing I was there with you'll keep up the good work and if I could say anything else it would be to step out get to know some people .that's what you will remember (and might even change you a little:) ) !
Good job Aunt Julie and Ally! Keep working hard!
It looks like you all are having a great time!!! Our prayers are with you. Oh, yeah, Jax has 50 texts to momma only. ;)
Hi Aubs! We miss you and can't wait to see you and hear all about the work you've done! We are so proud of you and the group for the lives you are blessing! See you soon!
Hey Julie, Sherrie, Ally and Abby. Just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and love you :-) LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE !!!! Mitter coote says hi :-) sending prayers your way
You are all awesome for what you're doing. Keep up the great work. Amy and Jake, I'm so proud of you. Your faith and devotion are a great example and inspiration to the rest of our family.
julie working construction that is awesome
Love the updates and pictures :-) Praying for resilience and strength for all of you. Awesome job being God's hands and feet !!
So neat that you all are able to do something like this! Nancy, Randy and Macy, love you all can't wait to hear of some of your experiences about spreading THE WORD! Praying for you all!
Way to go team! Love the pictures Abi. Stay strong and enjoy. Prayers tonight for all.
Miss you guys, you look marvelous! Praying for you every day, even at 3 am...hope YOU were sleeping then! :) Glad to hear things are going well- Can't wait to hear your awesome stories! Jake we are so proud!!
Miss you guys already!! Hope you have an awesome experience and are blessed beyond words. Sending some cool air your way! Hugs and Loves!
Sounds like you had a good first day . Praying for you all especially that you will have a great and challenging time and some "cool breezes at night"".
Looking good guys especially you( Julie and ally ). I am so proud of all of you. Be safe and have lots of fun!!
You guys rock - good luck with the first day of VBS tomorrow. We are praying for you and those you are ministering to.