Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
Last year four representatives from Kanapaha Church participated in our Presbytery’s mutual mission ministry with churches in Jamaica. The slogan for this 38 year old partnership is “Hearts and Hands Across the Sea.” The idea is not to “go over there to do mission to those poor souls” but rather to join forces with our Jamaican brothers and sisters in Christ and serve shoulder to shoulder and side by side helping those who are less fortunate.
Sam Claus and Elizabeth Walker went on the youth mission trip last July and Sally Walker and I participated in the Medical/Dental mission trip in June. Since returning we have been eager to share our experiences with you and are planning a program to coincide with a meal af-ter church on Sunday, May 14th in Memorial Hall. We will have the joy of being joined by a new friend from Jamaica we met while serving there.
Her name is Shulan Allen and she will be sharing a bit about herself and her experience serving as a dental hygienist on the mission trip on May 14. She is a strong young woman of faith. As the only one of the five children in her family to go college, Shulan completed her master’s degree in Nursing Dentistry this past November. She has been saving for her airline ticket to Florida ever since and this will be her first trip anywhere outside of Jamaica. I know you will love her as much as we do.
In my opinion, there is no better faith formation exercise than participation in a mission trip! These trips are life changing; every time I’ve had the opportunity to be part of one, I have been richly blessed. This opportunity is open to youth who are entering into high school through their first year of college. This year’s youth exchange will be July 5 – 17th. If you have a child or grandchild who might be interested in participating, please contact me for more information.
Doctors and nurses are needed for the next annual Medical/Dental trip scheduled for January 8 through 13, 2018. The 18 member 2016 Medical/Dental mission team, of which Sally and I were a part, served 866 patients (medical and dental combined). Even so, many patients seeking treatment had to be turned away. We need a larger team of doctors, nurses, dentists and dental hygienist to participate in coming years. If you have these talents, I strongly urge you to consider becoming a part of the 2018 medical/dental mission team.
Please mark your calendars and be sure not to miss this chance to hear more about these two mission opportunities. We have been blessed to be a blessing, both in our own backyards and beyond working to help establish God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
With joy in serving with you,