Jamaica’s beauty attracts millions of tourists every year, but poverty lurks just beyond the resort gates.
Lush mountains descend to white, sandy beaches. High in the hills, families crowd into ramshackle houses, little more than sheds. And those families are the lucky ones. Homelessness is rampant, and mothers abandon children they can’t feed.
Many Jamaican people turn to false gods to answer their desperate pleas for help.
Jamaica needs hope now more than ever. You can bring that hope.
While in Jamaica, you will partner with the Salvation Army in Kingston. Ministry opportunities could include:
Work Projects: Help with maintenance on the property of a school for the blind while the kids are way for the summer.
Kids Ministry: You could do VBS or sports ministry at an orphanage and in the community, sharing the love of Jesus in kids' favorite language: fun.
Elder Care: You could visit and encourage the elderly in a retirement home, letting them know they are not forgotten.
Community Outreach: Every moment, from walking down the street to shopping in a market or an off day at the beach, will be full of opportunities to live your faith and share hope with tourists and Jamaicans alike.
Your team will leave the easy life of the tourist areas behind and be immersed in the real Jamaica. You will experience first-hand the deep need of the forgotten. You will show love and bring promise to the brokenhearted. And you'll deepen your own faith in the process.
In the true Jamaican way of "No worries, mon," plans tend to change. An open heart and a willingness to check your expectations at the door and serve where the need arises will ensure that you have an adventure to remember in Jamaica. You might even have the opportunity to climb the breathtaking Dunn’s River Falls on a free day.
Surrounded by the riches of tourism in one of the most beautiful places on earth lies a country whose people experience poverty and loss. Will you share love and hope with the people of Jamaica?