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Madison United Methodist Church Youth

Serving In Jamaica
June 11, 2022
Community: Annotto Bay
Partner: Annotto Bay Baptist
Staff: Fitzroy Fowler, David Ashley, Nordea Clarke, Monique Evans


by Fitzroy Fowler | June 11, 2022 10:27 PM

The team has arrived safe and sound. After their arrival, they left the airport and headed to our famous jerk spot in Jamaica. The team enjoyed some jerk chicken and the local drink, then headed off to the lodging facility.

They are excited to see what God is going to do, and we are anticipating what is next. Thank you for your many prayers, don't stop praying this week!  God bless you all!


Amazing Grace

by Camille Boles and Kate Fairburn | June 12, 2022 9:37 PM

We started the day off at Annotto Bay Baptist Church! We were greeted by some amazing church members and a yummy breakfast. We got the privilege of experiencing some of the amazing culture.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing how passionate the praise team was about spreading the love of Jesus through their music! Callie Nation beautifully lead us in scripture and Kellen Fairburn and Elisabeth Morton led us in worship. They were told to prepare two songs, one of which was Amazing Grace which happened to be what the preacher's sermon was about. 

Amazing Grace

Lunch and Fun!

by Camille Boles and Kate Fairburn | June 12, 2022 9:45 PM

After the church service, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch and a good bit of rain. We got to hang out with some of the sweet kids in the church. While it was raining we played many rounds of Spicy Uno! 
Lunch and Fun!

Prayer Walk

by Camille Boles and Kate Fairburn | June 12, 2022 9:48 PM

Next we delivered care packages to members of the local church. We also had the opportunity to pray over them and get to know a little bit of their story. Some of our other team members played soccer with the local kids. All around highlight of the day!
Prayer Walk

Jamaican Beach!!

by Camille Boles and Kate Fairburn | June 12, 2022 9:51 PM

To end our day we stopped by the beach. We skipped some rocks and put our feet in the water. It was absolutely beautiful! We can already see God working in this place and we can’t wait to see what the rest of this week has in store!
Jamaican Beach!!

Handstands with the Kids

by Connor Chisolm | June 13, 2022 11:02 AM

Today our team had a great time doing VBS with the local school. We spent time doing arts and crafts, music, story time, snacks, and recess. My favorite part of VBS was playing dodgeball with the kids and doing handstands with them in the courtyard. It’s amazing to see how God can work through people of all kinds.
Handstands with the Kids

VBS Snack Time

by Morgan Chisolm | June 13, 2022 6:50 PM

This morning during VBS I was with the snack time group! Our Bible lesson for today was Noah’s Ark so we gave the kids bags of animal crackers! Being able to talk to them about the meaning behind the animals and seeing them start to understand was something I will never forget. The kids were so happy and eager to hear what we had to say.
VBS Snack Time

Panting Epsom Church

by Ethan Perkins | June 13, 2022 10:09 PM

Today a group of about 6 or 7 of us went to Epsom Church and repainted the walls on the inside and outside of the church. We painted the inside with yellow paint and the outside with pink paint. People who lived around the church came to talk and help us paint.

Panting Epsom Church

Conquering the Dirt

by David Ashley | June 14, 2022 12:22 PM

The group ran through 20 yards of dirt in less than 2 hours trying to prepare the building to get it ready for concrete to be poured.  
Conquering the Dirt

Loading the Wheel Barrow

by David Ashley | June 14, 2022 12:28 PM

We are serving at two different sites this morning and we are here to get dirty and sweaty while we create the mortar board.
Loading the Wheel Barrow


by Cassidy Barker | June 14, 2022 1:03 PM

Day Two of VBS today

The kids were so excited to see us when we drove up to the school this morning. Our lesson today was Jonah and the whale. The kids worked on crafts today, were taught a dance, and played outside. 


Can Y’all Give Me Your Plate Already?

by David Ashley | June 14, 2022 6:07 PM

Kerri helped with the serving of lunch today. The cooks appreciated the help and we appreciate the cooking staff
Can Y’all Give Me Your Plate Already?

Concrete on Tuesday

by Robert D. Tickner IV | June 14, 2022 7:03 PM

Today on Tuesday, Connor, Doug, John Taylor, Cory, and I along with our foremen John and Mario, began working around 9 a.m. mixing concrete as the larger portion of the group went to VBS. We worked all morning and were able to almost finish the inside of the new building we were laying the foundation for.

When the rest of our group returned from VBS we ate lunch and then we were able to begin mixing concrete again. At the end of the day, we were able to finish laying all of the concrete and finish our main project a day early.

We then, as a group, went to the beach for a little bit before dinner. All in all, it was an extremely successful day and we hope to replicate the success tomorrow. 

Concrete on Tuesday


by Julia Lee Riley | June 15, 2022 8:40 AM

Yesterday a group of us went to the school to help prepare the 4th graders for their end-of-the-year test. In math, we focused on multiplication, addition, and subtraction.

I enjoyed seeing the kids finally understand what we were working on by the end of the day because that showed me that what we did made a difference. 


Painting Epsom Baptist Church

by Alexa Ainsworth | June 15, 2022 8:52 AM

I loved painting this church that Pastor Drummond preached at. Some of the people that attend the church had actually painted a good first coat of the inside before we had gotten there. So we helped finish the second coat on the inside of the church with a pretty light yellow then we began to paint the outside of the church with a peachy color!

As the kids got out of school they would stop by and want to hang out with us. Even the adults that attend the church were wanting to help us paint as much as they could. It’s amazing to feel wanted, but also to see others want to help along with us. 

Painting Epsom Baptist Church

Construction Time

by Callie nation | June 15, 2022 7:44 PM

Yesterday we mixed and laid concrete for many hours. What impacted me the most was even though we felt like we were all dying, we were still having fun dancing and singing. No one complained, but worked hard, and accomplished our goal early. I loved each and every minute of it even though I was sweaty and gross.

Construction Time

Jamaica Day 5

by Addison Lindley | June 15, 2022 8:00 PM

Today was such a fun day, yet a little sad. We had our last day of VBS and had a blast with the children! It has been so much fun growing relationships with all the kids in just a short amount of time! They give tons of hugs and just want to be loved and acknowledged by us.

At the end, they had a performance for us. All the grades did a Jamaican dance/song for us! We prayed over the teachers and kids and that was very special, knowing that we would not be coming back.

Then we said our goodbyes and gave hugs. It was very emotional and most of our team and the children cried. We were all so sad that we would be leaving them. But we did leave them with markers and many supplies to play with in the future! I have loved growing with the children and making connections with them! 

Jamaica Day 5


by David Ashley | June 15, 2022 8:15 PM

We are so glad to be able to pour our love into Annotto Bay Baptist. It was a blessing to be able to serve them by painting the front of the church. The kids and leaders had fun painting and pouring into the people in the community. 


Goodbyes to the Kids

by Lindsey | June 15, 2022 8:39 PM

It was really sad, but so incredibly sweet, to say final goodbyes to all the kids we got to minister to this week. It was amazing how God moved in these kids and that in just three days how much these kids affected us.

Goodbyes to the Kids

Joyful Noise

by Kellen Fairburn | June 15, 2022 10:02 PM

These kid’s laughs were all joyful noise to my ears. This is a picture of us being goofballs together while playing jump rope at rec during and everyone had HUGE smiles on their faces as David was doing silly moves while jumping. It was so amazing to look around and see that no matter what goes on outside of these school walls that inside this place, there was JOY. It was so so sad to say goodbye to all of these precious kids, yet I pray that the joy for the lord stays in there heart as much as it was this week. 
Joyful Noise

Happy Birthday Cory!

by Katherine Delaney | June 15, 2022 10:08 PM

Today we celebrated Cory’s birthday! After dinner we sang happy birthday to Cory along with cake. It is Jamaican tradition to put flour on the birthday person’s head, so here is a picture of the aftermath of Cory and flour. We also got to try Jamaican ice cream. Happy Birthday Cory! I’m glad we got to celebrate with you:)
Happy Birthday Cory!

Arts & Crafts

by Elisabeth Morton | June 15, 2022 10:30 PM

This week I helped in the arts and crafts station at VBS. The kids were so excited to color rainbows and use animal stickers to learn more about the story Noah’s Ark. Every time we showed up, the kids would always see us and run to tell their classmates that we were there, and I was filled with joy because we had truly made an impact in their lives. It felt as if it was almost refreshing for the children to have somebody to have fun with.
Arts & Crafts

Ring Around the Rosie

by Anna Kay Bumgarner | June 15, 2022 10:38 PM

Today, a bunch of the kids and the PPM team formed a huge circle and played “Ring around the Rosie.” It was so special and so fun. The kids taught us their version of the game, and we all had a wonderful time! 
Throughout all of my experiences this week, the kids have taught me far more than I could ever teach them. They have taught me gratitude, patience, selflessness, and so much more. These kids have already had such an amazing impact on my life, and I hope and pray that we did the same for them.
Ring Around the Rosie

Job Well Done

by David Ashley | June 16, 2022 5:19 PM

We came this week to accomplish one task and ended up completing three missions. One of the things for this week was hearing the group talk about being just the right place that God wants them to be. I have seen these kids move from being fearful to being bold in reaching out to people this week and I’m so so proud of what their future looks like cause the will accomplish anything if they take everything they learned during this week. Thank you for your continued prayers this week!

Job Well Done


by Connor Chisholm | June 16, 2022 8:05 PM

This week I am grateful for all of the new relationships that I have made and I am grateful for all the relationships that I already had being strengthened and renewed.

I am grateful for the ways that I have seen God work this week through the school that we served at, through the ladies who spent so much time preparing food for us this week, through all of the construction we were able to get done for the church, and through the countless lives that were changed this week.



by HK Long | June 16, 2022 11:14 PM

The word Jamaica will have a new meaning for me after this week. I will look back on our time here and remember the beautiful nature, the beautiful people, and our beautiful God that allows us to experience His goodness each and every day.

We continued to have joy while shoveling cement as part of our work project. I’m so thankful to have been a part of such a positive mission trip learning more about this country, serving others and being served by others, and spreading the love of God. 


Final Debrief

by David Torrent | June 17, 2022 9:02 AM

After a long week of hard, but rewarding work, we were able to let loose a little as we spent the day at Dolphin Cove. As a group, we were able to swim with dolphins and play with a variety of animals like sting rays, sharks, parrots, iguanas, and parakeets.

We swam in a secluded beach looking for crabs and got to hang out at the pool. Janna and I competed in a belly flop contest with myself being the undisputed champion. My favorite part, though, was the water slide where some of us would get stuck, but after a quick trip to the bathroom, Ethan and I lathered each other with soap and flew down the slide.

We ended that day with some pasta at The Almond Tree restaurant and then met by the water for a final debriefing meeting where affirmations were made, memories were shared, and tears were shed. Today was a great way to end a week of hard work and sharing Christ with our new friends in Jamaica!

Final Debrief

Not goodbye but see you later

by Fitzroy Fowler | June 17, 2022 1:52 PM

.We want to say see you later to our friends from the Madison United Methodist Church today it was a wonderful God-felt week. They worked hard, accomplished what God sent them to achieve this week, then built  new relationships. They worked on projects that was planned and ones that wasn't intended, but they did it all to glorify God. We want to say thank you for your hard work and your dedication and most of all for your heart that is of a servant. See you next time God bless you all as we would say in Jamaica walk good

Not goodbye but see you later

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Lisa Morton

June 16, 2022 5:14 PM

It looks like you all had a wonderful week that you’ll never forget! We’re praying for safe travels home.

Kami Bumgarner

June 16, 2022 7:01 AM

I have enjoyed seeing pictures this week of how you all have spread the word and love of Jesus to so many people in Jamaica. Praying for you all!

Kelly Riley

June 14, 2022 9:43 PM

Love reading these updates and seeing y’all’s beautiful faces in these pics. Praying for y’all every day.

Angie, Julia and Mason Owens

June 14, 2022 8:55 PM

We are enjoying the updates and like seeing all the pictures of everyone!

Stacey Lindley

June 14, 2022 8:25 PM

Love seeing all the great works y’all are doing! Thanks for the updates!

Bridgett Chisolm

June 14, 2022 11:17 AM

I love seeing the updates!! Keeping you all in prayer!❤️

Karen Martin

June 14, 2022 7:32 AM

Praying for continued blessings!

Lauren Fairburn

June 14, 2022 6:53 AM

Love the updates. Sending prayers everyday!!

Jennifer Tickner

June 14, 2022 5:09 AM

Love the updates! Thank you for sharing… know you are being thought about and prayed for every day!

Abbey Phillips

June 13, 2022 10:06 PM

Love reading the updates! We are praying for you all and are confident that God is working through you and in you.

Kathy Long

June 12, 2022 11:36 AM

Praying for every team member!

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