Jamaica: JF Men in Jamaica Mon

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
Romans 10:17
                                    JF Men team with the boys from the Clifton Boys Home

                                    JF Men team with the boys from the Clifton Boys Home

Boys playing football at Houghton Grove

Boys playing football at Houghton Grove

As we wrap up our trip to Jamaica and reflect on a great week here, our team feels extremely blessed.  Each night we would sit under millions of stars on the rooftop terrace and discuss where God blessed us and where He stretched us.  As the week progressed, the blessings multiplied and our stretches became blessings as well.

Finishing up the library at the Clifton Boys Home

Finishing up the library at the Clifton Boys Home

There were seven father/son pairs on the trip and a special dynamic among the men.  From the very start, the young boys on the trip had a gift for connecting with local children and even did devotionals at the area schools the first day.  They were well prepared and did an amazing job.  Each day they were engaging other boys in countless football (soccer) matches and Frisbee throwing at the church and at the Clifton Boy’s Home.    The team was able to take a small group of boys from the home to the beach for a few hours as well which is a rare treat for them.

Devotion at Chance for Change

Devotion at Chance for Change

Over the course of the week, we did many construction projects including painting a local school as well as building book shelves and tiling the floor of the new library at the Clifton Boy’s Home.   The boys at Clifton loved to learn and to chip in where they could and made the construction much more meaningful for the men.

On Friday, we spent the day visiting various ministries in Montego Bay.  Each ministry stretched us in different ways, and we were praying for the Holy Spirit to give us the right words for each appointment that day.  The morning started off at a homeless shelter where we greeted the homeless in the streets and invited them into the shelter to hear the gospel.  We faced some opposition from some of the men, but the gospel was shared effectively to many men.  We then visited Chance for Change which is a halfway house for deported men who have mental issues and addictions.  There were several challenging conversations, but the men stepped into each conversation determined to share the gospel.  We worshipped with the men and shared a devotion and testimonies with them.  Our last stop that day was the infirmary to visit with older Jamaican men who were too handicapped to take care of themselves.  Many of us were challenged at the sight of the infirmary and the state of the men there, but we knew it was the place that God wanted us to be.  We spent time getting to know them, reading the bible, sharing the gospel, praying over them, and even got in a game of dominos with them and smiles emerged from every corner of the room.  That night we were tired from a busy day, but we got an opportunity to have some special time on the rooftop debriefing from the day and sharing testimonies.

Dominos and a lot of smiles at the Infirmary

Dominos and a lot of smiles at the Infirmary

Reading God’s Word with the men at the Infirmary

Reading God’s Word with the men at the Infirmary

A Saturday night movie on the big screen and Sunday morning worship was great way to cap the week.  We had a great crowd for the movie and popcorn as we watched Son of God.  At worship, we had men dancing and raising their arms in worship which delighted the Jamaicans as we worshipped together.

God blessed us with many opportunities to develop relationships and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.