March 3rd: Our NCS team of high school IBS students and chaperones landed safely in Jamaica. They spent the day working with “IsleGo Missions” building a house for a family in need. They will also be leading VBS for children in town and providing a meal and supplies for the town where they serve. We know our NCS Mission Team is being blessed as they bless others.
About IsleGo Missions: Since the hurricanes of 2008 passed over Jamaica, IsleGo Missions has been building little blue houses for the homeless and needy. Over 180 have been built in Steer Town, the Compound, Windsor Heights, and Edge Hill.
A single-room 10’X14′ house can be built in 3-4 days and is built in such a way that it can be disassembled and relocated if needed. This house provides shelter from the elements, security for the children, and HOPE for the entire family.
To date these have all been built by IsleGO Missions short-term teams that have raised the extra funds to do so. The cost is $2,300. USD and includes groceries, a bed, sheets, and a Bible. These are built at no cost for the recipient; men who desire a home are required to help us build six houses (sweat equity) in order to gain their own. The need for such homes is extreme as IsleGo Missions has had a waiting list of over 200 homes needed for some time now. More information may be found at: IsleGo.com.
March 4th: The IBS team began the day at the work site working on two blue homes. Every member of the team worked very hard doing construction and loved on the local people. Two food baskets (tubs) were delivered to people living in that community.
The team went to the Hope Community Center and fed area children, held VBS activities, shared the gospel, and loved on all the sweet local children we met. Best surprise….our students gave out candy! It was another awesome day as our junior and senior IBS (International Biblical Studies) students served in Jamaica.
The students have used the following words to describe the trip: “humbling; eye-opening; WOWED; grateful; blessed; amazing; interesting; and exhausting”, all in the best ways possible! Joshua 1:9 is being lived out in our students as they are “bold and courageous in the name of the Lord, and He is indeed with us wherever we go!”
March 5th: The team had had another awesome day in Jamaica! NCS students and leaders had the opportunity to do some local shopping for the food baskets they gave away. Our team delivered four baskets of food to some really special new friends. The group continued to work hard on the blue homes while loving on lots of people. Our students and leaders have been fantastic again today! It is a blessing that we were able to be there to serve and show God’s love by being the hands and feet of Jesus.
The team walked their new friends up the hill towards home a final time. Tears are flowing in Jamaica, they are not saying goodbye, rather “Mizpah,” which means until we meet again. Our NCS students and faculty have “loved well” this week! We are so grateful for each member of this team, experiences shared, relationships with God and each other strengthened, and new friendships made. We are also thankful for our NCS Family who has prayed us before and during the week.
March 6th: “This was the “Big Give day!” The team gave away shoes, t-shirts, snacks, sweeties, school supplies, and balls. We searched through The closets and storage rooms at NCS were searched before leaving and they brought left-over or unsold NCS t-shirts, balls, and school supplies. We also handed out the 70 pairs of “shoes that grow” our NCS students collected money for in Chapel. Mission team members also gave away personal items that they don’t need in comparison to the needs of their new friends made this week. What an eye-opening experience this trip has been to see how MUCH is taken for granted each and every day.