Jamaica Day 5

” After a long day of work at the school for the deaf, I found myself getting pulled away by a group of teenage girls. Right away they start signing to me, filling me in on absolutely everything going on socially at the school. It felt as if I was just having a normal conversation with some friends from back home, but with my hands. It was the first moment that I have been able to make a true connection with the girls there and it helped me break out of my shell and feel fully comfortable. It was refreshing to have that weight lifted off of my shoulders, and was fun to know that I had some fellow sassy girls around me.” -Elizabeth

“Today at JCSD, the deaf grounds keeper (Martin) sat down with me during his lunch break. He showed me some fruit he was eating that he called apples, but which were not the apples that I knew. He offered to show us the tree that he collected them from. Some of us walked back behind the school with him where he showed us a giant tree full of these little red fruit. He picked a few of the ripe ones for us to eat, and then showed us where he had been planting the seeds of these fruit. There were hundreds of saplings growing around the area. He had been planting them for years! The fruit were delicious, and our whole team enjoyed it.” -Ryan

“Firstly, going to the Jamaican Preschool was the funnest thing I’ve ever done. It was so cool seeing all of the adorable 8 little boys learn about Jesus. We sang Jesus Loves You and colored with them. Going to West Haven was truly a life changing experience and I wish i could experience it again and again. I’m so blessed to have had that experience.” -Lily

“While we were passing buckets up the line one of the little girls came up and started signing to Abby and me. She just stood there smiling and laughing for a while and it was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Later on she came back to play with me, so while we were on break I went and sat under the playscape with her. She kept asking for my phone so I finally gave it to her and the smile on her face was huge. It’s cool to see how entertained they get from snapchat filters. Today was one of my favorite days of the trip so far since it was full of laughing and smiles.” -MC