Jamaica Mission Trip Day 5 – October 9, 2019

Day 5 – Concrete at KnockPatrick and Hands in Praise-Adam Montgomery

This morning was interesting. Many of our team got to experience an authentic Jamaican breakfast this morning: cabbage and bacon with bread knots. A few were apprehensive but after trying, most were impressed. After breakfast we started the day with a team briefing. Chris Briggs, our local contact and JDV manger, informed us that we would join another mission team staying at CCCD KnockPatrick today to assist in clearing and rehabilitating water catchment basins. After a brief discussion and clean up, we loaded the van and made the 45-minute drive to meet the team. When we arrived, work was already underway. Many of the residents from JDV made the journey with us today. We were encouraged to work alongside the residents, building on relationships we established earlier in the week. Our work consisted of pulling weeds, trees, and brush from a broken water catchment system. We worked for about 3 hours, managing to clear and prepare about 1/6th of the system. While we worked, other teams and residents worked to mix concrete to patch and repair as needed. When we stopped for lunch, we returned to JDV, sharing a meal upon our return.

The afternoon consisted of team time and a tour of JDV’s workforce development initiatives. Chris hosted the tour, accompanied by the team from KnockPatrick, and told us the story of the woodworking warehouse, the sewing room, and God’s plan in the midst of blessings and setbacks. Our entire team was encouraged by the work God was and is continuing to accomplish through the JDV. Dinner this evening was shared with the residents and some of their families. We enjoyed in a sweet time of fellowship, thanking God for new relationships and enjoying time well spent. To close the evening, our team was treated to JDV’s Hands in Praise team, as they provided a visually stunning rendition of “I will follow,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Change My Heart oh God”, and “Thank You.” Our team closed the evening in a prayer of thanksgiving, praising God for the new family He has provided, new relationships, new experiences, and for His creation of community and relationship.

Jamaica Mission Trip Day 4 – October 8, 2019

Day 4 – Deaf Can in Kingston – Leah Creasman

Today we took a 2 hour trip to Kingston! While in Kingston we visited Devon House and Deaf Can! We stopped at Devon House first. Devon House was the house of the first millionaire of Jamaica. While there we got to try Popular Jamaican food called patties. There was a wide selection of flavors from chicken, beef, goat, or fish! After lunch we looked around in the shops and then got some ice cream. The ice cream was delicious and very messy. After eating ice cream we left Devon House and went to Deaf Can. Deaf Can is a coffee shop showing Jamaica that the Deaf can do anything. We went to the main DeafCan location but there are shops all around Jamaica, one inside of a Toyota dealership . While at DeafCan I ordered a delicious latte made by a deaf employee. They did a power point and showed us around the site. Once we were back at JDV we got to experience something none of us had experienced before. We got to unload the transfer truck of supplies for the CCCD. This truck included everything they needed for the next 6 months. Doing this took almost 2 hours. It was a very cool sight to watch; everyone deaf and hearing working together to unpack the whole truck.

Jamaica Mission Trip Day 3 – October 7, 2019

Day 3 – Special projects at JDV by Kayla Roberts

Today was work day one. This was the first day our team is officially working. We all split up into teams to go to different areas to work. One team painted the inside of an office building. One team was cleaning the ceiling. One team was pressure washing the concrete. I was planting peppers with my friend, Josie. This was an adventure in and of itself because it was very different from how we irrigate plants at home; but surprisingly we planted over nine rows of peppers. This was fun because we had two of the local villagers helping us- they are a hoot. They not only made it fun, but it was also a great time to be able to connect and grow those friendships by working together. After a few hours of working; we cleaned up and ate lunch. We just ate sandwiches on this day. After lunch, we traveled to 30 minutes to Manchester to visit one of the Salvation Army’s children homes. This was a life changing experience. When we walked in; the children swarmed us. They wanted to play, be held, and just be loved on a little extra. For my profession, I am currently a kid’s pastor, so this was an especially touching experience. I was thoroughly impressed with the children’s home. It was cleaner than I expected, and much more organized. We played on the playground and played soccer with the children. I switched teams to help out the other team. After loving on the kiddos for a while, we went and talked with the woman who was in charge of that home. She then began to tell us the stories of some of the children, and she shared the hard moments of her job. Her transparency was moving. We had the opportunity to pray strength, patience, and renewal over her and her team. The children’s home was is normally one of my favorite experiences, but this year was different. This year it hit my heart in a way that it has never hit it before. Today was incredible because today I saw God in the eyes of those children.

Jamaica Mission Trip Day 2 – October 6, 2019

Day 2 – Church – By Catherine Sage

Sunday morning, I was not expecting to experience the service that I did. Going to Jamaica knowing little to no sign language, let me be honest, I was lost during the whole service, but with the help of a student interpreter I could understand what the pastor was talking about.  This was not your normal church service. It was definitely eye opening to see how different communities go about their services. During worship, the songs would play, and while I could hear, it was moving to see how the deaf can sign while worshiping.  God revealed to me that I can praise him in different ways. Whether that be through sign, lifting my hands in worship, or dancing. It was an amazing experience. God in a room full of different people with something in common: worshiping the same God and learning that we are all created on purpose with a purpose.

Jamaica Mission Trip Day 1 – October 5, 2019

Day 1 – Travel Day by Katy Creasman

We met at the Knoxville airport and then ate lunch at Ruby Tuesdays.  Our flight was on time and everyone got through security with no issues.  The flight from Knoxville to Atlanta was smooth and we were able to get to Atlanta and to the next gate without having to run!!  The flight was once again on time and smooth to Jamaica.  We landed in Kingston about 6:30pm but they do not observe Daylight Savings time, so it was already dark when we landed.  Getting through customs was very easy and not crowded which was a welcomed surprise.  We met Chris Briggs just outside the airport and he picked us up in a bus to take us to the Jamaican Deaf Village.  On the way there, we stopped at a Burger King to have dinner.  It is about a 2 hour drive from Kingston to JDV so we arrived about 10:30pm.  We unpacked into the missionary housing and went to sleep.  It was a very easy and smooth travel day.  Now we are excited to start an incredible week and see all that God is going to do in and through us.

 

 

Pastor Appreciation – Discussion Guide

Main Idea: 

The members of the church should be growing the church by making more disciples. (It’s every Christ follower’s responsibility, not just the pastor’s!)

Discussion Starter: 

Little kids pretend to be animals that they see, like cats or dogs. And strangely, animals will imitate other animals if they grow up around them (like cats who bark because they were raised around dogs, or dogs that hop like bunnies because they were raised around bunnies). There is even a park in Japan where the deer have learned that when they bow like people, they are more likely to be fed! Can you share a fun or memorable example of imitation that you’ve seen? (Or maybe even just one you heard of!)

Introduction: 

This week, Pastor Chris talked about Colossians 1:28, where Paul goes from talking about you and to talking about we. He says that we talk about Christ — not just Paul, but all those who trust in Jesus. This week, we’re going to talk about how we communicate what we believe about Jesus, not just with our words, but with every part of our lives.

Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 

Colossians 1:28

1 Corinthians 11:1

2 Corinthians 5:10-11

Discussion Questions:

  1. In Colossians 1:27-28, God’s word talks about how God wants to reveal something that was hidden for thousands of years: Christ is living in us (believers), giving the hope of glory! So the question is, “What is it that is being revealed by your life?” Is it the unsearchable riches of Christ? Or is it the season finale of that new Netflix show?
  2. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul tells his readers to follow him in following Christ. So if you were to win someone to Christ right this minute, and they were to follow your personal example exactly…how excited would you be? How do you think that would affect church discipleship over the course of a year?
  3. In a flock of sheep, how do you get more sheep? Is it the shepherd that makes more sheep, or is it the sheep that make more sheep? Discuss this Biblical metaphor for the church as it pertains to the pastor (pastor just means shepherd) and the rest of the congregation (the sheep). How does that pertain to discipleship?
  4. In Colossians 1:28, Paul says that we (believers) are supposed to be warning everyone. Not just unbelievers, but everyone. In 2 Corinthians 5:10-11, Paul talks about a terror (see the NKJV or KJV) that causes him to warn people. If Paul describes this knowledge as terror, what is his terror about? And why does he, of all people, have such a fear?

Discovery Bible Method:

For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read the Primary Scriptures above and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passages.

Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into dyads or triads for this section.

Earlier in the passage from Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he says that “Christ is the head of the body, the church” (Colossians 1:18). Other passages also talk about how all believers (collectively, “the church”) are part of the body of Christ (for example, Romans 12:5, and 1 Corinthains 12:27).

There are no useless parts of your body. (Even your appendix has purpose; it’s part of your immune system–like a tonsil for your tummy.) Your eyebrows and your liver both have a function. They do very different things, though, and are connected in different ways to the rest of the body. 

Why do you think God chose the metaphor of a body to describe the relationship of believers to one another, and to Himself? How do those in your small group bring different gifts to the body of Christ? What sorts of things might your small group be able to do if it worked together?

Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:

Are you thankful for those at Faith Promise who teach the Word of God to you? Just a simple “Thank you” or “Hey, that one time you really helped me” would mean a lot. And what better time than Pastor Appreciation Month?

Engaging in Community:

The Bible says that God wants to reveal Christ in us — to everyone. If Jesus were to walk through your neighborhood, what sort of example can you see from the Bible that would show you what He would do? It might have a tremendous impact on your community if you or your family were to try to follow Jesus’ example.

Engaging the World:

Not everyone can go to the darkest, most dangerous parts of the world to tell others about Jesus. But we can certainly support them! Consider sponsoring a missionary. They definitely do not get tired of being reminded that there are those at home who are praying for them. Email missions@faithpromise.org to find out how you can support a Faith Promise missionary.

Expand God’s Kingdom

What sort of support do you think would have helped Paul the most while he was doing his pastoral work? Can you imagine how much more Paul could have done if he had gotten certain kinds of help?

Do you think it would help if you were able to do a modern-day version of that for your local group of Christ-followers?

Leader’s Notes

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same.

Try to read all the scriptures ahead of time, spend time in prayer, and study to understand them. This might be a tremendously important week for someone in your group, and you might be the one person they will listen to.

And don’t forget God’s promises when you talk to others (especially Isaiah 55:11): the power is in the seed, not in the sower. 

For some of the discussion questions, remember that there may be some people who (wrongly!) think that maybe they aren’t meant to make other disciples, or that they have nothing to contribute. You may need to remind them that all of us are equally members of the body of Christ—we might all have different roles, but every part does something. (1 Corinthians 12:12-18).