Jamaica Day 4:

“Today we prepared and poured concrete for the entrance of the deaf school. We were given the opportunity to sign and get to know the children. They are the sweetest and the happiest kids ever and they loved to play and take pictures with us.” -Liv

“Even though I spent my birthday working, it was so fun to work with everyone and sign with the little girls. Towards the end of the day two of the girls came up to me and started signing the birthday song to me and it made my day. The deaf students make the hard work worth it and so much more enjoyable.” -MC

“A 15 minute walk down the mountain from the JCSD is a cute little pre-school called Eden Basic School. There were 8 little boys there and a really sweet teacher named Miss Jones. We brought them bubbles and soccer balls and had an awesome time playing with them in the school yard. I had no idea how much joy a few bottles of bubbles could bring to some pre-schoolers! We taught them the Bible story of ‘The Good Samaritan’ then made friendship bracelets to give each other to demonstrate kindness toward your neighbor. The kids were adorable and it was an all around awesome time!” -Ryan

“After being at the Basic School, we headed over to West Haven. If you haven’t heard about West Haven before, it is a village with about 100 people ranging of many ages with severe mental and physical disabilities. This is my third time being given the chance to go here, and just like before it is an experience unlike any other. You expect to go in and for sadness to shower over the area, instead there is an overflowing amount of joy filling the hearts and faces of those who enter. From bubble-blowing to helping feed the patients to having dance parties to worship hip hop music, it is something that will forever hold a place in my heart.” -Elizabeth

Jamaica Day 3:

“I loved going to the Jamaican School for the Deaf and being able to communicate with the students and being able to serve them.” – Lily

“I enjoyed being able to interact with the deaf children, and seeing their patience that they had with me. It was fun serving them and getting to know my teammates.” -Ashlynn

“I was pleasantly surprised with the patience that the Deaf students possessed when I was stumbling in my attempts to communicate with them.” -Desmond

“I really enjoyed being with the children and seeing their faces light up when we came to play with them.” -Benji

Isaiah 29:18 – Ellie

“I enjoyed watching my friends who don’t know sign language try and learn some signs so they could communicate with the kids at the school.” -Liv

“I enjoyed interacting with the deaf children even though I could not understand them, I could see God shine through them” -Chris

“I loved trying to communicate with the kids with my limited ASL knowledge. They are patient, kind, and full of love.” – Abby

“I am so incredibly proud of these young people, who worked HARD all day hauling sand, gravel and water and mixing concrete. No complaints. No whining. Energy left over to love on the children.” -Mindi

“It was great, coming back here for the third year, and seeing the results of our effort of previous years being used by the JCSD kids.” -Pete (McCarty)

“I have loved getting to know the people in this group. Everyone is SO fun, full of life and joyful and I can’t wait for the rest of the week. I love you family at home.” -Caroline

“My favorite part of the day was getting to sign with the little kids, they were so cute. It’s really cool to see the whole group get along so well.” -Mary Claire

“Today was absolutely incredible. Seeing how hard working everyone on the team is and how well we’re working together is such a God thing. The hearts of the people on this team and in Jamaica in general are so big and I cannot wait to see what else God has in store for us this week.” Elizabeth

“I really liked interacting with all of the Deaf students today and putting my sign language to use. I was so happy to see the students remember my name sign, and I loved seeing how our work we did last year has improved.” – Jackson

“Today was really interesting to experience the Deaf Community like that…It was not at all what I expected…it was so cool to see how the kids communicated with their friends in ASL just like we communicate with our friends in English…I wish I took ASL, it’s so cool!” -Ryan

Jamaica Day 2:

Today was our Beach Day! We woke up to a yummy breakfast and several of our team members volunteered to prepare sandwiches for our group at the beach. Our bus driver, Vincent gave us an amazing tour of Montego Bay. He then took us to Tropical Bliss Beach! It was so pretty! We had so much fun at the beach and had a picnic with the sandwiches we packed. We then came back to the hotel for some free time. This evening Mission Discovery led a very nice worship and small group time.

Jamaica Day 1:

We all woke up bright and early and met at the airport at 5:30 am. Our first flight took off at 7:30 and we arrived safely at Fort Lauderdale. Soon after we landed there, we had our connecting flight to Jamaica! We went through the lines at customs, and eventually made it to our bus. The drive to our hotel was BEAUTIFUL. As soon as we came in our eyes were immediately pulled by the pool outside. We rushed up to change and we had a pool and pizza party. After our pizza dinner we packed our donations from the 2nd graders from the Speedway Campus. We have a beautiful ocean view and we all gathered together to watch the sunset. It’s currently 8:45 and we are completely exhausted.