Thursday was our final day of work on the RAISE project. Some team members helped Cleveland finish weeding his pepper garden while the rest of team completed the trench digging and laid a total of 1200 feet of pipe connecting the well to two cisterns. The water pumped from the well to the cisterns will then be used to irrigate 3 acre farm plots owned by the Jamaican farmers. As we finished hooking the pipe into the final cistern, which was bone dry, we prayed that God would fill it full and allow many blessings flow from it. That evening it rained! It was amazing to see God’s hand in the work we did this week.
Thursday evening was our team debrief meeting for the week. This meeting is always emotional as each team member shares how God has worked in their lives throughout the week. 17 team members = 17 lives changed forever. It’s exciting to see the passion for missions and love for one another and the Jamaican people in the group. We are excited to see how this experience plays out in each team members lives back home!
Friday we said goodbye to our Jamaican family at the mission house and set out for MoBay making a couple of pit stops along the way. First stop – the infirmary, a Jamaican nursing home. This stop is always hard for folks as the conditions of the place and the people can be quite overwhelming. Much to our surprise several of the residents were enjoying time outside. We all spent time playing games, chatting and encouraging folks, and even praying with some. For those of us who had visited before it was especially encouraging to hear that some of the residents remember our past visits!
After the infirmary we piled back in the vans and headed to Ocho Rios where we made our next stop: Dunns River Falls. This place is Jamaica’s most popular landmark, a beautiful waterfall nestled in the bush that you can climb up. We spent a couple of hours soaking up the sun and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.
Our final stop: Montego Bay where we overnighted before our flight back home. This team, the Jamaican people we worked with, and the week overall has been a huge blessing from God. Thanks again family and friends for all your many prayers and support! It is exciting to see the work currently being done in Jamaica but even more so, the future potential the RAISE project holds as it could be transformational for the entire country! Please pray for our team as we transition back into “life” knowing we are changed forever by this experience.
Shine like the Son,
Sean and Kaleena