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Day Six

Jamaca Day SixThank you for your prayers, God certainly was working in our group today!  The adults decided to let the youth sleep in today as we were running ragged after the first day of MAD Camp.  We ate breakfast at 9:00, so even the breakfast crew was able to sleep in.  We took our time with clean up and devotions.  We were then able to take some time to make a plan of attack for MAD Camp day 2.

After a lunch of quesadillas made by Connor and Mallory, we got down to business with camp.  During food prep, Connor made the comment that he was glad they are able to participate in the cooking as he […]

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Deep Thoughts from Noah Hanson

Deep Thoughts from Noah HansonAy, It’s Noah

I got plenty of highlights including playing with all the lil guys and lil girls. Accompong has been a pretty solid location and I would like to thank God and JCOM for that. Accompong has so many great people that are so friendly. Playing soccer with the kids is an everyday exciting thing. Most of the time everybody has a smile on there face and that puts a even bigger one on mine. M.A.D. Camp has been great with myself and Tanner leading the games. Are group has been awesome and wouldn’t ask for a better group than this one. God Bless!
Love,
Noah Hanson

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Day 5

Jamaca Day 5History Day!

We spent our morning in a guided tour with Taishan.  We learned about the history of the Maroon people and Accompong.  The Maroon people had to make peace amongst themselves before they were able to gain independence from the British.  They signed their own peace treaty among three tribes at the “Kindah” tree.  The Maroon people fought the British for 50 years.  Taishan told us that they signed their peace treaty with the British in 1738 and the rest of Jamaica gained independence in 1739, six months after the Maroons.  We learned about the rituals done at the January 6th independence ceremony.  No visitors are allowed unless a village elder invites them.  Taishan is […]

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 July 29th, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Deep Thoughts by Tanner Casterton

Deep Thoughts by Tanner CastertonMy highlight today was being able to play soccer and throw balls with the children.  It was great to see all the smiles and laughter coming from them.  it was also nice to see the town of Accompong while walking to church. I love you all! Tanner.

2017-07-28T13:22:38+00:00 July 28th, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Day Four

Jamaca Day FourGreetings from Jamaica!

We are currently enjoying the coolness that comes with the setting sun.  Just when we think we are too hot and sweaty, God blesses us with the sunset and cool breezes.  Today brought more adventures around Accompong.  Harris Cawley, a local farmer and also our preacher from church on Sunday, gave us a tour of his farmland. We learned about caring for and harvesting cacao (used to make chocolate), coffee beans, bananas, plantains, and sugar cane.  We were able to taste the cacao pods, bananas, and sugar cane.  Noah and Connor tried a “bird pepper.”  The peppers were smaller than a dime but packed a powerful punch.  The rest of us were […]

2017-07-28T13:22:39+00:00 July 28th, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Deep Thoughts by Tori Helgeson

Deep Thoughts by Tori HelgesonTori here!
As we end our fourth day in Jamaica I am still amazed at the amount of love and warmth we are given. No amount of exhaustion or heat can ruin the feeling you get when you see these kids smiles. Their laughter is infectious and it can’t help but brighten your day. Each day I get to know these kids better and the amount of drive they have to succeed gives me more and more motivation. With four days left I am more than ecstatic to dive into MAD (music and drama) camp and see God’s work in action! With love from Accompong, Tori

2017-07-28T13:22:39+00:00 July 28th, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Day Three

Jamaca Day ThreeSunday brought a visit to a local church.  We had our first taste of the long, hot, sweaty walks common to living in the mountains for Jamaica.  We ended up going to a local United Church of Christ church.  We left at 9:00 hoping to catch a service at 9:30 at one of the churches.  We soon found out that church in the summer was later.  The first service we checked on didn’t start until 11:30.  The next church we found started at 10:30.  We decided to stay and wait for the service to start.

The service was definitely different.  Some of the youth mentioned that it was hard to understand the preacher even though he […]

2017-07-28T13:22:39+00:00 July 27th, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Deep thoughts by Will Martin

Deep thoughts by Will MartinHey Whats’s up?
It’s Will and my highlight today was just being able to experience Jamaica, to see the sights the smells and even the heat. Accompong is Great, I like how friendly and down to earth the people are they are not afraid to hug you or go out of there way to simply give you a friendly hand shake. Which is great, they make you feel like they would go to the end of the earth for you which feels great! I love being here I’m starting to adapt to the way they live and thats how my day was. I hope everything is great back home as it is here! I […]

2017-07-28T13:22:40+00:00 July 27th, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Day Two

Jamaca Day TwoGreetings from Jamaica!

Saturday was a long day of enjoying our last moments on the beach, buying the last of the needed supplies, and making our way up the mountain to Accompong Town, Jamaica.  Snorkeling was a blast and all of the youth had a great time looking for the fish swimming amongst the rocks.  We all ended up with a mouthful of saltwater at some point. 🙂

On our way up the mountain we enjoyed a “guided” tour from our driver, Otley.  He told us about different aspects of Jamaican culture and provided a few stops for us to eat some in season fruit and delicious seafood stews.  Another stop brought some drinks of coconut water […]

2017-07-28T13:22:40+00:00 July 26th, 2014|Jamaica Trip|

Day One: Arrival to Jamaica

Arrival to JamaicaWe’re in Jamaica Mon!

We finally made it to Jamaica after a long day of traveling that started at 2:30 am with a van ride to MSP, and ended with a 2 hour wait in the Customs/Immigration line.  All bags and persons are accounted for, minus a few bags of Goldfish crackers squashed en route!  Everyone was patient and took on the Jamaican attitude of going with the flow.  We are spending our first night at a hotel on the beach. We’re taking advantage of our short time here by swimming in the ocean tonight and snorkeling tomorrow before check out.  Then it will be up the mountain we go to the town of Accompong where […]

2017-07-28T13:22:40+00:00 July 25th, 2014|Jamaica Trip|