Good evening from beautiful Jamaica, Day 3 for me started out pretty early, I wanted to watch the sunrise from the rooftop while having devotions. I had breakfast prep duty as well hence another reason for the early start. We gathered after breakfast and had a send-off prayer for a board members family and then split up into several groups and went our separate ways. I was in the group that went to Montpelier or Mt. Pelier (I saw signs both ways). We were squished in a little van that also carried our lunch, tools and two step ladders, the ac only works while you are moving (hint, there is no ac). we sped down the wrong side of the road for awhile and turned off onto a little road that wound its way up the mountain and were soon told here we are. We then had to carry our tools and supplies up a little path and found ourselves at the school. Some quick introductions were made and we gathered for prayer to bless the project. I was tasked with getting the painting underway, Adam and Daniel volunteered for that and the young Jamaicans quickly pitched in and eagerly showed their skills.
Zac and Jay took charge of the wall project and the rest pitched in, we had an audience of Ms Sophia’s family and neighbors, who soon started helping and things progressed along very quickly. I was like a fish outta water in the wall building department so I asked if there was anything that needed fixing in the house or school, Sophia quickly said she needed a shelf in the school. I spent a huge amount of time salvaging lumber and building this little shelf but it was a need and gave it all the skill my mechanic’s brain could give it.
We stopped for lunch and were eating wraps with peanut butter and jelly in them, and you guessed it….hungry little kids were staring at me while I was eating. I felt like a heel and then the little fella pipes up and says”hey mon,i want some” I asked Floyd if it would be ok and he said it would be just don’t make it obvious what i was doing. Little fella inquired farther” hey mon, what is that?” I told him and tore off a piece and gave to the little girl standing next to him, she uummmed and ahhhed and licked her fingers, I then gave him some, he took a bit and glared at me, I asked him what was wrong to which he replied “MON, I don’t like peanut butter!!” oh my!
The little boys found our water jug and started standing under it and filling their mouths with water over and over, I kept thinking should stop them but we all know the verse about giving a glass of water in Christ’s name. We did have to move it to set up the wall which took care of it. I later discovered the only drinking water they had was from the rain barrel and it has to be boiled first.
Work began again after lunch and was fairly un-eventful other than getting rained on and a lady attempting to get Adam to marry her daughter, He’s still single if you’re wondering how that went.
Adam was a huge hit with the kids, giving them rides on his back, swinging them around. I told one of the kids that Adam was my son and he said” well he’s my friend”.
We stopped around three because we ran out of nails. All that was left was cleaning up, which happened very quickly due to the many helper’s we had.
It feels like we only scratched the surface of the many needs that are here. I’m so grateful to have been able to come and be a part of this. I’m energized being here and am immensely blessed by the experience. I’ve made new friends and became closer to friends I’ve already had. yeah mon!
– Uncle Melmon
Ben finally got down here safely yesterday afternoon! Thank you so much to everyone who was praying for him!! It’s great to have him here… Our team feels complete now. 🙂
Jamie, Devin, and Ben went to Northwood and built a bathroom onto a house today for a woman who has two handicapped children. She definitely appreciated it!
The girls who didn’t go to Blossom yesterday went today. The rest stayed here at JRM and did several painting projects.
Bo is doing a fabulous job as our cook (unfortunately I don’t have a picture of her) and everyone else willingly pitches in to help with meal prep and cleanup.
And I just can’t get over this view from JRM! How gorgeous is this?!
Don’t worry, though! Our trip isn’t all work. 🙂 We find plenty of time to hang out and play games and enjoy being together.
Good night from Jamaica!