Mission Jamaica: Day 7

Day 7AToday we ate breakfast, loaded the van and headed back up the mountain for our final day at Westhaven.  We arrived and assisted in dressing and preparing some of the children at Westhaven for worship.  It was awesome to see the kids dressed in suits and dresses.

Day 7BAt 10:30am, the caravan walked out of the gates of Westhaven.  The children who were not mobile rode in the van and the mobile ones walked or were pushed in their wheelchairs the 600 yards up the hill to Faith Chapel.  There, we had to lift the wheel chairs up the final hill to the church building.

Worship at Faith Chapel was wonderful!  We were warmly welcomed.  The church is a Jamaican Pentecostal service.  And the Holy Spirit was in high gear today.  The music, singing, dancing and shouts of “Alleluia” and “Praise the Lord” were plentiful!

The service lasted two hours and was followed by fellowship and food, which we assisted 2016-04-03 14.14.10feeding to the Westhaven kids.

We walked them back down the hill (a lot easier than going up!) and we had a little time to hang out with them before our departure.  Around 2:45pm, after we took our group photo, we loaded up the van and returned to Montego Bay.

At 5:30pm, after grabbing something to eat and hanging out a bit, we met for our final devotions together.  Tonight we closed with worship, and focused on the scripture story from Luke about the men who lowered his Day 7Cfriend through the roof to be in the presence of Jesus, and we compared that to our experience carrying the kids up into Faith Chapel this morning.  In the end, we realized that through our experiences this week, it was really us who were being carried into the presence of God.  Through the unconditional love, acceptance and joy in the children of Westhaven, we experienced Jesus.

We then shared in Holy Communion and closed with prayer and singing before we talked through our departure tomorrow.

After devos, we went to dinner and then we went to hang out in the hotel lobby and play Day 7Ecard games.

It’s hard to believe that we’re on our way home tomorrow.  This week has been incredible.  I’m so grateful for our team, for the opportunity to be a part of this and for the way God has been at work.

Please keep us in your prayers for a safe journey home tomorrow!

God’s blessings!
Pastor Todd

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