Monday, April 30, 2007

Jamaica Mission Trip - July 13-23, 2007

Let me tell you a story about 3 churches:

Cataboo Baptist Church (St Elizabeth, Jamaica) is the first church where my folks ministered when they arrived in Jamaica in 1952. My dad wrote the following in his memoirs of life as a missionary:

The Cataboo Baptist Church was nothing but a large shack with a thatch roof, in a swamp area at sea level. The church had bought a new piece of land with the hopes of building a better building.

The Cataboo people were a wonderful people. The men would go out along the river to plant rice at daybreak, then by nine or before would be at the church to work. The women would come to cook rice, yam, and other vegetables in kerosene tins sitting on three or four rocks high enough for the fire beneath.

In 1975 before leaving to attend college in Tennessee, I traveled with my dad and sang at Cataboo on the last Sunday that I was in Jamaica.

Ardella Baptist Church (Lakeland, FL) was our home church when we lived in Florida. In both 1997 and 2000, our family hosted mission trips to Jamaica with the young people. Matt McCraw, one of the young men who was with us on both trips, later went to Boyce College (Louisville, KY) to prepare for the ministry.

North Naples Baptist Church (Naples, FL) is the church where Matt currently serves as Youth Pastor. Matt contacted me last year to inquire about taking a VBS team to Jamaica.

My eldest daughter Sarah, will accompany me as we host the group from North Naples Baptist Church, and return to Cataboo, to conduct VBS during the week of July 16. We will be leaving Columbia on the 13th and returning on the 23rd.

Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us to pray for and financially support the trip? The total cost is $2,250. You may donate online via PayPal – cataboo07 (at) gmail (dot) com – or send a check to:

J. Brian McKillop
7103 Frost Ave, Lot 36
Columbia, SC 29203

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