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Exciting Woodbine UMC

Serving In Jamaica
June 11, 2010
Community: Spanish Town

Travel can be a challenge

by christopher | June 12, 2010 10:22 AM

Jesus said that following Him would not be easy, and you may encounter come obstacles along the way. Such was true with trying to arrive in Jamaica, but praise God we all finally made it. It was obvious that satan wanted to try and discourage the team before we even arrived, but we will not allow that to happen. While checking into the airport in Orlando part of the group was checked in when they said time had expired to getting on the flight. Even though we were all in line, they would not let the remained check in for the flight. After some quick talking from Ben the remainder were rebooked on a later flight. The first part of the team arrived in Jamaica and slowly made their way through customs and immigration. We hopped on the bus and headed to Spanish Town for a meal and greeting with the leaders from the church. Later in the evening, the second part of the team arrived into Kingston. They were tired but excited that they finally arrived. A short drive to the hotel and the team was re-united at last. God was in control, His travel plans just a little different than ours. It is time for a good night rest as tomorrow we start our medical expo and VBS.

1st arrival

by christopher | June 12, 2010 10:24 AM

The first group to arrive

Part 2, later in the evening

by Christopher | June 12, 2010 10:25 AM

The rest of the team arrives safe and sound

Saturday morning

by Christopher | June 12, 2010 10:27 AM

Morning came early as the previous night was late. We started off with a wonderful breakfast of pancakes, fruit, bacon, and eggs and then headed out to Phillippo Baptist Church for a full day of ministry. This morning has been allowing Dr. Mike and the others to begin seeing local residents and evaluating various ailments. The rest of the team is setting up for VBS in the afternoon. Unfortunately, Ben had to head back to the airport to retrieve the remainder of the supplies that got caught in customs.

Pastor power

by christopher | June 12, 2010 10:28 AM

Pastor Allen and Pastor McKenzie meet and have a chance to share about being a pastor.

Saturday afternoon

by Christopher | June 13, 2010 7:17 AM

Saturday afternoon proved to be a fruitful time of ministry. The medical clinic continued in full force with Dr. Mike seeing a long line of patients and treating them for high blood pressure, diabetes, and numerous other ailments. The nurses continued to take blood pressure and blood sugar readings, along with getting to know the local community as they came into see the doctors. VBS started off a little slowly with some low numbers. But with Mike and Mel out in front of the church talking to kids who were passing by, more and more kids arrived for VBS. Later in the afternoon two parts of the group spent some time prayer walking around Spanish Town. This was an amazing time of intercessory prayer and getting a feel for the great Spanish Town community. Ben worked with the local youth choir and taught them some choruses to the songs they would be singing at tomorrow evenings concert. After listening to them practice, we are indeed in store for a treat when the concert begins. Tonight will be be an early evening as worship starts tomorrow at 6:45 a.m.

Health fair

by christopher | June 13, 2010 7:22 AM

Penny works at the health fair taking blood pressures.


by christopher | June 13, 2010 7:23 AM

Kirsten sits with a small girl during VBS.


by christopher | June 13, 2010 7:24 AM

Mike shares his testimony during Sunday worship.


by christopher | June 13, 2010 7:25 AM

Pastor Allan preaches during the 1st service at Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town, Jamaica

Sunday concert

by christopher | June 15, 2010 11:27 AM

Sunday evening was a magical time of worship. Groups from Phillippo Baptist Church and Exciting Woodbine joined together for a worship concert that many wished would not end. Groups from Phillippo included a youth choir, an accapella group 6 PM (6 Phillippo Men), and youth dancers. The church was very full as all in attedance took time to worship the Lord through various styles and types of music.


by christopher | June 15, 2010 11:37 AM

Monday was early morning number two. In order to be able to do ministry in the local schools through school devotions we needed to be up and at 'em. We were scheduled to do 7 sets of devotions today and they started at 7:00 a.m. We divided up into 4 small groups and spread out through Spanish Town at various primary schools along with local high schools. We had a chance to share with the students with singing, scripture, testimony and prayer. Through the 7 devotions we had the chance to minister to close to 1000 students. The afternoon was spent at the Spanish Town infirmary and another local high school. The infirmary is the location that Jamaican's end u0p when there is nobody left to care for them. The elderly, mentally ill, and handicapped frequently are found living in the infirmary. This was a very moving time foe the team as they saw people living in conditions that are very substandard by US standards. IT opened our eyes to the mercy that Jesus had not only on the outcast of his time, but the grace He shows us everyday. A smaller portion of the team spent time at the local high school repairing desks that students and staff use on a daily basis. The repair work was difficult as the wood to repair was heavly destroyed by termites and environmental conditions. After a brief time of rest and dinner we celebrated Cory's birthday with cake,champange, and prayer. It was a wonderful celebration of her life and blessing to her parents. The day concluded with Dr. Mike offereing a health workshop for the local community. In addition to talking about his specialties, he also addressed alcoholism, hypertension and diabetes.

School devos

by chirstopher | June 15, 2010 11:38 AM

Kristen poses with some friends from school devotions.


by christopher | June 15, 2010 11:40 AM

Ben has just been sick from not seeing any comments from back home. The team has decided they will stay in Jamaica until 15 comments are posted. If you would like them to return home, please post some comments for them. The password for posting comments is: prayers

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susan Drinkwater

June 16, 2010 6:49 PM

Oh and by the way, Jean the fish are still alive and the floor is just about finished. Going to see it tomorrow night. Can't wait. Love you

susan Drinkwater

June 16, 2010 6:46 PM

I have been praying for ya'll. We miss you. I know that you have been God's messengers and what wonderful work you are doing there in His name. God bless and come home safely. Can't wait to hear all about it.. Went to church Sunday and you have such a wonderful church family. I wish it was closer to Gulf Breeze. Love to all.

Dale Wells

June 16, 2010 7:32 AM

We miss you -- come home! Ben, quit yer whining - Taylor & Melissa, we'll have dinner here when you get home. Love you much!

scott snyder

June 16, 2010 6:24 AM

Password is PRAYERS. for those searching for it in the blog.

scott snyder

June 16, 2010 6:22 AM

PASSWORD. Finally. Thanks. I have been reading your blogs since day one. I am living vicariously through all of you. I wish I could be there so much. We all know how important the work you are doing down there is. In the book of Acts, the Disciples (you now),spread the word wherever they went. ACT 4. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Love all of Mike Jarmons random, goofy pictures. Not all goofy, but.....Penny's is a classic. Safe travels and see you all soon. Scott

Luke Seager

June 16, 2010 5:52 AM

Be safe and make connections and relationships.

Paul Seager

June 16, 2010 5:48 AM

Prayers, makes perfect sense now, that one wasn’t in my list of passwords... Yes, I would think many prayers have been and are still being lifted up to our mission team... Prayers of comfort, leadership, patience, understanding, compassion, grace and vision for a few... I can't wait to hear the stories of God working through everyone on the team... In the mean time we will keep it together as best we can here at home...

Marvin Tinglin

June 15, 2010 9:12 PM

Greetings and salutations. Certainly, GOD is a good and, at times, HE brings HIS children together in order to refresh them. I am truly thankful that our brethren (and new friends) from the Exciting Woodbine United Methodist Church made the resolve to come to Jamaica... "obedience is better than sacrifice". At the very same time, I am also glad that we - as the family of the Phillippo Baptist Church - could have been trusted as hosts. All in all, I am glad the Lord has brought us together, and I pray for continued fellowship & relationships among us... and I only wish time would have allowed for more interaction and worship in togetherness! HE will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. GOD, who has called you into fellowship with HIS Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:8-9 Again, I thank our Lord for the wisdom HE grants, the courage HE deposits, and the love HE fosters; and I ask that we remain united in Jesus Christ - even if we will not see each other tomorrow. We know not what the Lord has in store for us, but, while we live within the uncertainty of times, let us not stray from this certain truth - we are "one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord". As much as we assume to have impacted you, you also impacted us... and, all to the glory of GOD! And I thank you for the positive sentiments and prayers, for the ministry of 6PM - as well as the other ministries of music, sign language & mime, and dance. In faith and love, I say this... "see you soon". Highly bless!!!


June 15, 2010 8:14 PM

Just seeing the pictures that have been posted has touched my heart so much.. You guys are sharing the wonderful word to these sweet faces and I am so proud of you all. (The ones I know and the ones I do not. ) I will pray for mighty things to happen in your lives and the lives you have touched. Seeing what you are doing makes us all want to be better. Keep shining your light and being the messangers. Praying for you for all the things you are doing and a safe return to your families here. Bunches of love coming to ya from home!


June 15, 2010 7:56 PM

I have enjoyed keeping up with everything on the web...it sounds like y'all are making tons of memories, not only for you but for all you come in contact with. God is using you mightily! We can't wait to hear all your stories when you get back home! Still praying for safety!

Julie Sorce

June 15, 2010 4:49 PM

SOOOOOOOO glad to finally have the password, Thank You Amy Jarmon!!!! I have so enjoyed following you guys on the blog, the pictures are great. I wish we were there with you guys, another year. Melissa and Donnell, I missed you guys today ( no disciple. ) Taylor, I know you are taking lots of pictures, I can't wait to see them. Judy, Penny, and Mike, I pray that God blesses your hands as you treat those precious people. Ben, Jim and I missed you and Liz at small group last Sunday, but I know you are blowing them away with your music! Pastor Alan, you are always missed when you are gone. Jean, I have been wearing your sea glass this week, thinking of you guys. I feel so honored to belong to a wonderful church filled with so many people with servant hearts. My prayer is that as well as blessing the people of Jamaica, you will all receive a special blessing for your service to God and his people. I can't wait to hear your stories....Much love and prayers being lifted for you all. God bless!!!

Jerry Wells

June 15, 2010 4:20 PM

Hey Ben , don't make me come down there to get my wife and daughter. I'm just say'n.... Hope all is well and blessings are heard. luv ya baby and Tay.

Shirley Wells

June 15, 2010 3:27 PM

We love being able to keep up with what you are all doing. It's awesome to say the least!! My prayer is that God be with you and use you for His glory. I know that is your prayer, too.

Amy Jarmon

June 15, 2010 3:08 PM

Thank you all for what you are doing in Jamaica! We back home cant wait to see pictures and hear all the great things God has done! We miss you all!


June 15, 2010 2:19 PM

So glad to read the updates and to see some photos! (I am not sure how many Woodbine people regularly access the website, but I know a lot of people are praying for you! ) We are happy to hear that you are serving SO many in a variety of ways ! We, along with many others, will continue to pray for all of you: for your ability to use your individual gifts and talents, for your health and safety, for wisdom and strength, and also for the Jamaican people-that they may know God's love for them. Thanks for being the hands and feet.

Justin Wells!

June 15, 2010 1:02 PM

first off, we're praying for safe tidings. second, ben is a baby. haha i'm glad to read that you guys are doing well. annnddd hey mom and tay! the house is still held together. don't worry. we love you.

Gayle from Houston

June 15, 2010 12:31 PM

I am praying for you all and so thankful that you are there and working hard! I don't know any of you but my son is in Jamaica on mission as well and so I was curious what other groups were there. I clicked on your site and wanted you to know that even people you don't know are praying that you give blessings to everyone you meet and stay healthy and strong. God Bless!

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