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Tentative Upcoming W&W Trips for 2017


Burnt Savannah, Jamaica


WORK & WITNESS TO JAMAICA – APRIL 2017 TEAM



 Sometimes we are led by God to leave the comforts of home to travel to a  new place to spread His love, help the widows and orphans and step out of  our comfort zone to be used by God for His glory.


A group of people from the Owego Nazarene Church of Owego, New York, USA recently embarked on such a mission. Where two in our group, Lori and Brad Lewis had been to Jamaica many times, reaching out to some schools in the Westmoreland and Hanover parishes, bringing much-needed school supplies, Science lessons and experiments, the making of paper bead bracelets and offering cardio dance to the children, the rest of our group had never travelled to the region.


What started as two people falling in love with the people and culture of Jamaica, sparked a new hope to see what more the Lord would do. In faith, couple by couple came together to join Lori and Brad to assess potential areas of need. A team of 9, including Milton and Nancy Kemp, Dave and Linda Barton and Stuart, Nikki and Chase Howard soon completed the group. The Lord put teams together in the areas of Education, Construction and Medical which encompassed the team’s gifts for this trip.


Our time began with our fabulous hosts at the Nazarene Mission House in Frome; Reverend Lionel Brown and his lovely wife, Jennifer. They set up the first half of our trip with local Nazarene Churches.


Next door is a fully capable medical center, Gamertsfelder Mission Centre which opened in 2013. This medical center offers basic eye care, cataract surgery, dental care, medical and surgical procedures, as well as educational development classes, conference and banquet services and an area for prayer and spiritual counseling.


We finished our stay in Frome by attending the Sunday service.


     During the 10-day stay, the Construction team (Milt, Dave and Chase) turned a completely empty space into six offices and a conference room. The team framed and dry walled each space. Of course, we must give credit to our Jamaican counterparts, without whom we could not have accomplished so much!


 The Education team (Brad, Lori and Linda), visited three schools (Mt. Airy Primary and Infant, Kendal Primary and Negril All Age) and three Nazarene Churches (Burnt Savannah, Mt. Matthew, and Mt. Grace). They delivered much needed school supplies, hygiene items, provided crafts, science and math projects and cardio dance. The children loved it. They even remembered the science projects from previous years! We visited a library in Negril, which will provide great opportunities for outreach on the next trip. We even introduced healthy snacks of baby carrots with peanut butter or ranch dressing for the dip.


The medical team (Nancy, Stuart and Nikki), set up mobile testing sites at each place to test blood sugar and blood pressure. We were dismayed to see such a majority of the population tested had pre-diabetic or full blown diabetic numbers. It quickly became clear that nutritional education was  needed. Over 200, men, women and children were tested and around 75%  had blood sugar and/or blood pressure issues. The team was able to attend  the 23rd annual Caribbean Diabetic Conference in Runaway Bay and made  some connections with health officials in Jamaica. We will be passing on  this information. Pastor Brown also invited us to test his  church pastors at his pastoral meeting on Saturday.  Nikki presented a diabetic/nutrition powerpoint and helped to bridge the gap in health education.


One of the highlights of the trip was the introduction of Stevia, a natural sweetener made from the plant which is 300 times sweeter than sugar. It has no effect on blood sugar. Nikki had asked if Sweetleaf would donate a “few” bottles for our trip and was amazed at their generosity. God, once again, more than provided for the trip and it was one way to reduce the sugary drink intake and encourage more water drinking.


We ended our time in Negril at the Travellers Beach Resort, owned and run by the founder of the NEET (Negril Education Environment Trust) program, Winston Wellington. Their organization offers various educational opportunities for children and adults in the surrounding areas. While staying at Travellers, the medical team tested the whole staff and more supplies were dropped off at  local schools. We were also able to visit and  drop off supplies to the Clifton Boy’s Home in  Darliston.


 In conclusion, to help put things into  perspective, to encourage future “missionaries”,  and to let you know…….God is waiting to  write your story. Whenever we let go of our  control, and let ourselves submit to His will; He  will move beyond our capabilities. He will use  everything that comes into your life for His  glory. If you will just let Him.


Submitted by Nikki Howard 


Updated June 8, 2017 11:35AM




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The next W&W team to go to the Burnt Savannah Nazarene Church in Frome, Jamaica will be August 9 - 19, 2017.  Tentatively, the August W&W team will be working on: 

  • Light construction in Mandeville and continuing the project started in April at the Gamertsfelder Medical Mission Centre in Frome,
  • Educational programs for children at various Nazarene Churches in the area (which include math, science experiments, dance, crafts, diabetes and basic health care, and witnessing with Evangecube.), 
  • Testing of Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar, 
  • Going to the Clifton Boy's Home (orphanage) in Darliston, 
  • Writing return Pen Pal Letters to children here in Owego Naz - our Naz Palz Project
  • Sunday worship service, and 
  • educational programs through the NEET (Negril Education Environment Trust) Program.

Please contact Brad and Lori Lewis if you are interested in a future trip.

Updated June 9, 2017 9:55AM

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HELPING HANDS 4 JESUS

The children to whom they minister are always in need of school supplies and toiletries.

     

Brad and Lori extend an invitation to anyone who would like to be involved with their mission by providing school supplies that they will take with them on future trips.  A list of the school supplies is available at the church foyer counter and can be found immediately below.  


School Supplies:

  • Crayons
  • Pencils (HB)
  • Pens
  • Washable marking pens
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers (big and pencil tip)
  • Composition Notebooks (No Spirals)
  • Glue sticks / Bottle glue
  • Rulers
  • Children's scissors
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Dry erase markers
  • Pocket folders

Toiletries and Personal Items:

  • Washcloths
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Girl's underwear - youth sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10 & 1
  • Boy's underwear - youth sizes: S, M & L

Updated April 28, 2017 9:43PM EDT