This past March, my daughter and I had the privilege to go to Jamaica on a mission trip through our church. Some of our friends are there as missionaries, and it was a wonderful time seeing them again. We went down with a few new friends from our church to help out as needed around the campus they operate for the deaf children in the area. It was such a blessing to be able to take my daughter and to show her what service can look like. She got to serve the missionary kids by playing with them and being a familiar friend from home.
Some of our work included painting, pouring cement for a new drive way that goes down the hill to the dorm, and laying cinder blocks. One of the people on the trip brought eye glasses and tested the students who needed help seeing in class. The work was hard in the heat, but it was fun to be able to do it! At night, we slept on cots with a sheet because there was no air conditioning. Nor was their hot water. Taking a cold shower in the afternoon took some getting use to, but after laying concrete all day, it was nice to cool off.
I was also assigned the task of updating the pictures they have of the students for their sponsor book. Many of the students there cannot afford to go, so they rely on sponsorships from others. These sponsorships cover the cost of tuition, room and board, and meals. It was a fun assignment, and I got to meet all the students there, as well as most of the staff. If you would like more information on sponsoring a child, please see the bottom of this post.
The children there are just like any other children, full of life, wanting to play, and as cute as can be. It is the purpose of the campus to teach them a language and a trade and to share the gospel with them. It was interesting learning to communicate with them, as many of us did not know sign language aside from the basics. But we were able to get some conversations in, though short as they might be. The highlight of my trip was seeing one of the older girls standing by a window looking out, signing. We asked the other girls what she was doing, and they signed to us that she was praying. It was so beautiful to see that no matter how, we can communicate with God.
Part of the CCCD Campus
Me and my daughter.
Laying a cement curb for the new driveway.
Some students in their Bible study class.
Glasses for students who need them.
One of the students getting tested for new classes.
New glasses to read better with.
We took a trip to the local infirmary to love on the people there, as they do not get many visitors.
This lady had a beautiful voice. She sang us a song when we arrived.
A view of a street market place.
It was neat watching the students “sing” in their sign language. It was very beautiful.
This is a painting of the CCCD logo in the office.
We also got to be a tourist with a day to the beach. The water was a little ruff from an earlier storm that blew in, but it was still gorgeous.
Our group that went to Jamaica to help out in anyway they could. It was a very neat experience. One that I hope to do again!
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