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First Baptist Church, Morganton NC

Serving In Jamaica
July 24, 2009

We've ARRIVED!!!

by Brian Zeschke | July 25, 2009 6:00 AM

After a long day of travel we all made it to Ocho Rios, Jamaica safely! We got some much needed sleep last night and today we're ready to start our first day of ministry! Thank you everyone for your continued prayers as we embark on this week of service! We're all excited to see what God will do through us, and in us, this week!

New Salem Baptist Church, GA

by Brian Zeschke | July 25, 2009 6:04 AM

Also joining us this week. . .

Shalom Ministries

by Brian Zeschke | July 25, 2009 6:09 AM

As well, we have a group joining us from Shalom Ministries Christian Center, Ft. Washington, MD.

Trinity Lutheran, FL

by Brian Zeschke | July 25, 2009 6:11 AM

And finally, we have a couple ladies joining us from Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Placid, FL.


by Brian Zeschke | July 25, 2009 8:01 PM

We had a wonderful, hot day today! We got to the church at about 9:00 and met with some of the church leaders to discuss our week of ministry. Then a group of about 10 headed up into the mountains to a community called New Hope where they worked on a church that we are building this week from the ground up! They spent the entire day up there and completed almost 2 outer walls of the 20'x30' building! What a huge blessing!! Our goal is to finish the church before we leave! While that group was busy building, the rest of us stayed back at Ocho Rios Baptist. In the morning we walked through the community and handed out invitations to VBS for next week. After that we came back and spent the rest of our morning playing with the kids and getting to know everyone. After lunch we had a "missions training" session where we learned how to use our own life stories as a ministry tool. Everyone got into small groups and shared their life stories with each other and then spent a short time affirming each other. Before dinner the ladies joined in on a "Girl's Brigade" meeting (similar to our Girl Scouts). After dinner we all came together and joined the church for a youth service. Our group helped lead worship, gave testimonies, and gave a short message. Now we're all back at the hotel and ready for bed!! Our first full day has been awesome! Again, thank you for your continued prayers as we continue our trip!

Mission's Training

by Brian Zeschke | July 25, 2009 8:14 PM

The team sharing their life stories with each other.

Girl's Brigade

by Brian Zeschke | July 25, 2009 8:15 PM

The ladies listening in on the Girl's Brigade meeting.

Long Sunday!!

by Brian Zeschke | July 26, 2009 8:12 PM

Sundays are always pretty long in Jamaica. Today was no exception! Church this morning was a "mere" 2 hours, but that was after an hour of Sunday School. We learned how to live our lives completely for God and not compromising. After church we had a delicious lunch of Jamaican Patties (a golden, tasty, flaky, pastry filled with spicy beef stuffed inside of a soft, sweet bun. . . anybody hungry yet?). Then we had a quick "competition" to see who knew their Jamaica trivia the best. Then, the highlight of our day, was a trip to an infirmary just outside of Ocho Rios. An infirmary is basically a government funded nursing home for those that have nowhere to go and nobody to take care of them. The group spent time talking with the people, praying with them, reading scripture, singing songs, and sometimes just touching them and listening. Everyone was deeply touched and will remember their experience for a long time, if not forever. Then we came back to the church and participated in a Sunday School Anniversary. Jeff shared a short message during the service and most of the group shared a song. Finally we sat down to enjoy an awesome dinner prepared for us. We were surprised with white table cloths, folded cloth napkins, actual glass glasses, and the "fine" silver. It was such a treat but we were very humbled to be served in that way. After a long day of serving and praising the Lord, everyone prepared a little for VBS tomorrow and is off to bed. Your prayers are being answered as God is definitely working in us and through us. Please continue!! Thank you!!

Sunday School Anniversary

by Brian Zeschke | July 26, 2009 8:25 PM

Jeff speaking at the Sunday School Anniversary service.

Our Fine Dinner

by Brian Zeschke | July 26, 2009 8:27 PM

This is what our dinner setting looked like. (also this is a good blackmail picture for Bryan. . . he didn't pay!)


by Brian Zeschke | July 26, 2009 8:28 PM

Some of the Shalom group praying with a woman at the infirmary.


by Brian Zeschke | July 28, 2009 8:09 PM

We've had a couple great days the past two days! Monday was a full day with VBS in the morning at three different churches, construction in the afternoon, and visited a girl's home in the evening. All three ministries were awesome!! In particular the girl's home was very touching to many. Tuesday was very similar. We started with VBS in the morning, construction in the afternoon, and finished the evening with a brief closing service at church where everyone said their thank yous and goodbyes. Everyone is very sad that our time for ministry has flown by, but they are also excited to get a day to relax tomorrow. Your prayers have been much appreciated and we ask that you continue as we still have a couple days of unofficial ministry ahead of us.

The Girl's Home

by Brian Zeschke | July 28, 2009 8:22 PM

Emily shared a very emotional testimony at the girl's home.


by Brian Zeschke | July 28, 2009 8:30 PM

Just a glimpse of one of the three VBS's the past two days.


by Brian Zeschke | July 28, 2009 8:31 PM

The group all getting together to help with construction on Tuesday!


by Brian Zeschke | July 28, 2009 8:31 PM

The group all getting together to help with construction on Tuesday!


by Brian Zeschke | July 28, 2009 8:34 PM

A view of the work that has been done in just three days of work! There was only a foundation when the groups started work on this building. Amazing!

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Fred Schuszler

July 28, 2009 7:40 PM

We're enjoying keeping up with your progress through the week. Hope you had a great day today! (Tuesday) Hope your activities on Wednesday are fun. Be safe at Dunn's River Falls! Our prayers continue for you. May the Lord bless and keep you all.

Rene Joyner Elliott

July 28, 2009 6:07 PM

Hello Shalom ministries, I am sooooo soooooo happy (and relieved) that you all arrived safely. My prayers are with you all continuously. You all are doing a wonderful thing and I pray that God blesses ya'll 10 fold. I pray that God's move through your lives will be sooooo powerful that the ground will shake. There is no greater honor then serving the lord. Ya'll are awesome and greatly loved!!! Take care!!!

Rene Joyner Elliott

July 28, 2009 6:00 PM

Aunt Janice I didn’t forget about you...I just wrote you a long loving message and hit the wrong button and it submitted my comment with the wrong password so it completely disappeared :-( I'm going to have to write you again tomorrow...have to go to bed right now but I love you dearly. And I pray that this mission is even more fulfilling then we ever imagined. I love you and miss you too....can't wait to hear about the mission once you two return. Stay safe and take care. God bless you beautiful!!!

Rene Joyner Elliott

July 28, 2009 5:44 PM

Hi momma I love and miss you sooooo sooooo much!!!! I hope and pray that everything is going great. Regardless of the heat that you are enduring (I wish I could give you a fan, *smile*), it is all worth it. This sacrifice that ya'll are making is placing an impression in the lives of the people of Jamaica...your efforts are implanting a seed in their hearts that I believe and pray will sprout up like wildfire and grow into something awesome...that no man can take away. I know it's hard but whenever it seems to rough to handle just remember that you are indirectly touching lives. Just picture me and the boys watching you with such pride! I am soooo proud to have a mommy that is willing to do whatever God askes her to do...to go wherever God sends her. The best gift a person can offer is the sacrifice of their time...not too many people are willing to sacrifice their time for the benefit of others that they do not know. I love you soooo sooo very much...I really hope that you see this. I just remembered today about this website...so sorry it took me so long to write. Oh btw, we got the house!!! God is an awesome God!!! Can't wait till you get home to share in the joy with me!!! Love you dearly!!! --Baby Girl

Rob and Lynne Mould

July 28, 2009 4:52 PM

HI FBC Morganton, We are all so proud of you and all that God has blessed you with this week. Understand that you are greatly missed but we admire all that you are doing. Enjoy each and every minute and take it all in. We love you!!!!!!

Cathy Rudicill

July 28, 2009 12:53 PM

It is great to see a pic of you guys. Your church has kept you in our prayers while you have been away sowing God's seeds of love. See you when you get home!

Jeanette Schuszler

July 28, 2009 7:12 AM

We are pleased to hear that you are having a great week! We are so proud of each one of you - I"m sure you will remember your "Jamaica" experiences all your lives. It's also good to see your photos! (why is Austin choking Taliessin??) We love each of you and can't wait to see you back in Morganton. We pray for your safe return! Love to all Jeanette

LaVerne Warfield

July 26, 2009 4:01 PM

Praise God Shalom Team- we are so proud of you and look forward to your safe travel & return. Share the love, joy and peace. Verne

Bob Sesko

July 26, 2009 2:01 PM

We have prayed for all of you here at Trinity. I copied your picture and progress note and will post it on the bulletin board tomorrow. Hope all is going well. We're all proud of you. God Bless all of you for what you are doing. We are with you in spirit

Mike and Metisa Graham

July 25, 2009 9:13 PM

Our prayers continue daily for each of you. It's so awesome to see each of your smiling faces! Keep the daily updates coming... God bless each of you as you continue to do his work!

Pam, Ricky and Lindsey

July 25, 2009 9:36 AM

We are glad you arrived safely. We will be thinking and praying for you all. Have a good time spreading "The News." Love you

Chuck Benfield

July 25, 2009 4:36 AM

We know you arrived safely. We are thankful for that and pray that you will all be safe and help to show God's love for his people through your deeds. We love all of you.

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