Today I want to share some photos from the missions trip that some of our church family went on. There were 28 people in the team, from our church and some other area churches. I had mentioned last week that my 13 year old daughter went on the trip, but what I didn’t mention was that my husband Rich and our oldest son Jacob were also on the team.
You see, I have promised my Father-in-law that I wouldn’t write about Rich being gone on trips…..it made him nervous about that information being “out” on the internet while the kids and I were alone at home. I am proud that I kept the secret, because I was so excited about sharing with you. Yes, Rich was gone with the kids for 7 days and we were only able to talk ONCE during that time because he had no phone service in that area of Jamaica. I bring that up because by the end of the week I was suffering from missing him so much. But it was worth it. They had a great time of fellowship with believers, and also sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the unsaved people. They took in supplies and did some work helping the people after the damaging winds of hurricane Sandy.
I have been hearing stories since they got back late Saturday night, but because I wasn’t there I really don’t understand the full impact of this trip. I took pictures from Facebook that I will share here, taken by several different people (thank you for letting me use them!) Jacob took my camera and I will share some of his photography on a different day.
This is our pastor and his wife, Gary and Michelle
Grace (orange shirt) with some of the girls from the team, and their new Jamaican friends.
My son Jacob, with the camera on the shore.
When they got back, Jacob remarked how thankful he was that we lived in such a clean country.
The men, women, and children of Jamaica are incredibly happy and friendly, despite (or, perhaps because of) their lack of personal possessions.
Jacob jumping off a bridge.
Rich preached and taught Bible studies.
Jacob in a tree.
Rich and Grace sang a duet.
Jacob, Grace, and Rich
A member of the team, street preaching.
The men helped with some outdoor work (Rich is wearing the red t-shirt)
They slept in this building “The Globe” to the sounds of barking dogs, people talking, and roosters crowing. Some wore ear plugs at night so they could sleep. I heard stories of lots of late nights, too. (having fun after a day of work)
Tabitha, enjoying the beauty of Jamaica.
The chickens ran wild all over the place.
The children and I had a good week while they were gone but I started getting an empty feeling (missing my husband) toward the end. Rich and I had a happy reunion and went on a date Sunday night together.
And then, yesterday, he surprised me by coming home early from work. My heart was content, having him near again.
I hope you enjoyed the photos from this life-changing experience for Rich, Jacob, and Grace. They were able to spend some meaningful time serving the Lord in this way. They made new friends and became closer to each other, too.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.