Friday, April 27, 2018

Jamaica Spring Mission: Darryl's View

It is hard to believe another week on the mission field is nearing an end. However, the impact on us and the impact on those we served will live on. Our team represented Jesus and Stafford Crossing well. I appreciate the way Mark DeCourcey led the staff at Teen Challenge through 8 sessions of staff training. I am always amazed at how Scott Norcross leads the construction side of our trips. I am thankful for all the details Skip Cosner drives for our team. Every man on the job, those who led devotions, those who selflessly washed
dishes and did whatever asked brought much glory to Jesus. Please continue to pray for Jamaica Teen Challenge. Their opportunities are limitless and their challenges are equally abundant. 

We wrapped up our trip up this afternoon by seeing some amazing sights of God's magnificent creatin at Blue Hole. Our God is amazing!

Our team knows, and we want to remind you, we are called to live on mission every where and every day.

See you Sunday! 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jamaica Spring Mission: Mason's View

We are halfway through the work week and this is always a bittersweet day because we’ve gotten a lot done in the construction side of the trip which is really satisfying seeing the structure come along. But also sad in the sense that I know the trip is almost over.

But we started off the day sunbaked and ready to get working. When we got to the farm before we started working we all went to chapel for the morning. Bryan shared how we can be a Christian and very scientific minded. It was very well spoken.

But then before we knew it, it was time to get to work. We had gotten quite a bit done in the previous
days getting the walls put up on the first day, and getting the rafters for this chicken coop put up the second day. But there was still plenty of work to be done to get the rest of the roof put on for these chickens. While several men were playing up in the rafters getting purlins put into place to then get the roofing process going. I teamed up with Bryan with the task to staple all the necessary chicken wire around the remaining walls as well as the ceiling. It was great getting to know more about Bryan and his past too. I also loved getting to know more and more about the Jamaican men that are working with us on the chicken coop. I spent a good amount of time talking with a man named Kenny and being privileged to hear his story from where he was to how he came to know Christ in personal relationship to how that changed his lifestyle. He truly a changed man from his past to now, but as he exclaimed a changed man only by the divine power of our loving Heavenly Father.
In the grand scheme of things sharing the amazing news of Jesus and building relationships not only in foreign countries but in our day to day lives at home is what God calls us to do. Is to make disciples who make disciples.        

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."
Mark 16:15

Monday, April 23, 2018

Jamaica Spring Mission: Adam's View

After the first day of work today, we are tired, we are sore and we are red. We were blessed with great weather today, nice cool breeze and about 80 degrees. Today we started early with a breakfast of oatmeal and fruit. After breakfast we loaded up the coolers, our tools, sunscreen, bug spray and headed to the farm. Upon arrival we started setting up and then had the opportunity to hear Skip’s testimony while he lead devotions with the Teen Challenge team. Romans 8:28 reads that, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

I am always amazed at God’s provision for our team when we are on a mission trip and we always seem to get more work done then I had thought we could. Today we started with a concrete slab and foundation and by the end of the day through Scott and Skips leadership, we have the walls framed. Mark and Darryl spent the morning providing John Maxwell leadership training to the Teen Challenge staff team prior to joining the rest of the team in the afternoon.   

Tomorrow we will begin working on the roof, as we are hoping the zinc (metal roofing) will be delivered tomorrow. We are also continuing to do the work that is before us. Ephesians 2:10 states that,  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Until then we thank you for your prayers.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Jamaica Spring Mission: Skip’s View

As we sit here in Ocho Rios at the Teen Challenge center catching up with family and friends and preparing for tomorrow’s work schedule, I would like to share about the last two days. Saturday we started at the church at 3 a.m. Yes 3 a.m. and we were off to Reagan Airport for a 7:15 a.m. flight to Charlotte then onto Jamaica. Saturday’s travel was uneventful, but a long day and a short night of sleep. All was well and we made it to TC Jamaica without much trouble. We were greeted by Barbara Richards, the TC Woman’s Director, and prepared quickly to travel to the TC men’s center to evaluate the project. All was well and the material was on site and ready for assembly of a large chicken coop so TC can add to the business structure they have developed.

What a night’s sleep it was. I don’t think I snored once. Sunday morning came really early as our sleeping was trying to get back on a regular schedule. Bryan had coffee ready for us as we woke up. We attended church at First Assembly Church of Ocho Rios and were blessed to be able to worship with them. The worship service was a little longer (just over 3 hours) than most of us are accustomed to but we were ministered to in Jesus’ name. We had lunch out and a short stop by the store for some supplies, then back to the center for an afternoon of rest. Thank you all for your prayers and we look forward to ministering tomorrow at the men’s center.
Skip Cosner

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

South Asia Mission: Amy's View

The girls and ladies we have spent time with on this trip are a true example of joy in the midst of suffering. To hear them sing to God after everything they have been through is an beautiful thing.
Many of the girls in my small group don’t have fathers or any parents at all. Several of them shared their stories of pain and loss and then together we talked about how God is our perfect heavenly Father. T

here were many tears tonight as we prayed and I am sure there will be many more when we leave tomorrow, but I am so thankful for the time I have had with these beautiful people.

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation.” Psalm 68:5