We are the Noe’s and this is our family’s first mission trip. There are four of us on this trip together; Brandon (Dad), Jill (Mom), Blake (Son, 15) and Addison (Daughter, 10). This morning we woke up to start the last full day here at JDV. We had a full day planned ahead of us and all were excited that the Beukema family was going to be joining us on some of our excursions.
Today all started with the blaring sound of 7 alarms going off, all at different times. All of us single ladies share a room connected together by bunk beds, laughter, and some snoring here and there. We all woke up in our own way and wandered down to breakfast with the team to hear about what project we would be working on today. So, my assignment was concrete work with Kayla and Ali. I had worked hand mixing the concrete the day before, but today was a new day with a new set of challenges. We all got dressed and headed down to the front to see what we needed to do.
Today our team headed to New Hope, which is a children’s home here in Jamaica. Amanda is a Jamaican-American who runs the home and cares for the children. There are around 25 children who live there at any given time. The focus of our visit was to love on the children, as well as supply any needs that may arise including projects around the building and providing various supplies. Visiting these children and then having to leave is one of the hardest parts of the trip, as it can be very heartbreaking.
Today is our third day in Jamaica but it is our first day working alongside the residents. We started our day off today by dividing into teams to start working on various projects. One team went to the Knock Patrick school to start the process of planting coffee trees for Deaf Can. Others worked on finishing cement detailing, clearing rocks from the soon to be landscape, and sprucing up an apartment for one of the families to move into soon. It was hard work but God provided clouds to occasionally shade us and held back the rain storm until we were done!
The Westland/Ebenezar (Heiskell-Miller) Small Group has been looking for a way to serve others on a consistent and routine basis and guess what… THEY FOUND IT!