Jamaica Debrief

from our correspondent in the field:

“In November Uncle Don and Aunt Rita went on a two week short term mission trip to the poverty stricken areas in the mountains of Jamaica. They were part of a team of 2 doctors and 3 nurses under the auspices of Teams for Medical Missions (TEAMS). Rita and the other members of the medical team treated over 500 patients with ailments ranging from ringworm to diabetes, including a few acute life threatening infections and medical emergencies. Uncle Don and the rest of the “unskilled” spouses and team members built a small home for a family in the mountains whose house had recently burned to the ground. In the evenings they led bible studies for various groups of youth as well as adult men in a drug/alcohol rehabilitation facility in a nearby city.

Uncle Don and Aunt Rita were pretty overwhelmed by the extreme poverty in such a beautiful and resource-laden land that with honest government and a society that enforced its Judeo-Christian based judicial system could be a “Hawaii of the east”. On the other hand they returned with grateful hearts at having made a difference (albeit a small difference) in many people’s lives and a renewed appreciation for the U.S.A. and the abundant God-given material blessings we enjoy. They look forward to returning again soon. ”

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