Meet Norris “Docky” Williams! Our first mission team of the summer (June 1 – 8) was A team of 9 persons from Grace United Methodist Church, Hartford City, IN. They built a home for Mr. Norris “Docky” Williams, Age 64. He was never married and has no children. He was homeless when a local family in the Islington area of our St. Mary, Parish allowed him to live in their “Chicken-Coup” in October 2018. CSI became aware of his situation in late Spring of 2019.
While building the 10’’x‘20’ board house, he watched the CSI Team from underneath a shade tree next to his chicken-coup house. With excitement, he said, “You’re saving my life!” And that was the truth! Because of his living conditions and lack of food, he was weak and in poor health. During the three-day construction, the team paid for Docky to see a doctor at the local hospital where he received three bags of IV fluids and medication. The team purchased some Ensure protein drinks and food. The change in his physical improvement within 24 hours was amazing! On House Dedication Day, the team blessed Docky not only with a new house but a new bed, mattress, sheets, pillows, plastic chairs, and table, along with groceries. He dressed-up wearing a “Tall-Shirt” (Long Sleeve) and a Tie. He exclaimed – You saved my life!
The Upper Deer Creek Youth, Kokomo, IN, (June 8 – 15th) Team of 12, built a home for Rose Watson, who had been living with seven family members in a small two-room house in an area called, Capture-land, which is government land that was squatted by residents. Rose had been waiting for a home for five years! She leased a small piece of land big enough to build the 10′ x 20′ board house along with a pit toilet and chose Blue and White house colors. During the House Dedication Service, the team conducted a Foot-washing for Rose, presented her with a new Bible and other gifts for her new home!
The first of two teams from Oak Hill was the Oak Hill High School Basketball Moms & Sons Team comprised of teenaged boys and their Moms conducted school devotions every morning followed by teaching Basketball to the students. In addition, the team built a home for Mr. Danny Nelson. Danny’s home burnt to the ground in April 2019 and he was left homeless. Danny is uncertain about his exact age, which is common in Jamaica, as his parents did not apply for a “Birth-Paper” (Birth Certificate); He thinks he’s in his 50’s. Danny’s is disabled and walks on the sides of his feet. He earns a living selling pre-paid phone-cards which is common in Jamaica as most people do not have a postpaid cell plan.
The second Oak Hill High School Basketball Team (June 29th – July 6th.) built three houses during their week in Jamaica. The team of 42 divided and conquered to help three families in the Esher District of St. Mary. They were able to donate basketball goals to two schools; Clonmel Primary & Jr High School and Bromley Primary School.
In 1999, Mt. Zion UMC (Winchester, KY) took a leap of faith and took their first trip to Jamaica. 2019 was their 20th consecutive year to serve with CSI.
In September, we had our first-ever Sewing Team that taught sewing classes twice per day at a local Church in the Highgate area. The team taught 36 people during the week (33 Women & 3 Men) holding classes for 18 in a morning session, and 18 in an afternoon session. It was a success – the people loved it and wanted more. We are planning to continue the Sewing Team Classes in 2020! If you would like to be a part of the Sewing Team please contact CSI Ministries!
Space does not allow me to write about all the Mission Teams that served with us over the last five months. Yet, I would like to express a sincere THANKS, to each Team Leader, Team Member, Church, School, University and Group, for helping the Jamaican people, serving with CSI Ministries and hopefully growing in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
A Special Thanks to the additional Mission Teams that served in Jamaica this Summer & Fall!
- Mayfield United Methodist (July 6-13) Mayfield, KY
- Mt. Zion United Methodist (July 13-20) Winchester, KY
- Harborside Christian (July 13-20) Safety Harbor, FL
- Bingaman Team (July 20-27) Kokomo, IN
- Third Street Methodist (July 27-August 3) Danville, KY
- St. John’s Lutheran (July 27-August 3) Dallas / Fort Worth, TX
- The Way Men (August 7-13) Various Cities across IN
- The Way Women (August 13-19) Various Cities across IN
- Campbell University Medical Students (August 24-September 21) Buies Creek, NC
- The Sewing Team (September 10-17) Various Cities IN
- Campbell University Medical Students (September 21-October 19) Buies Creek, NC
- Santa Claus United Methodist (October 19-26) Santa Claus, IN
Of the last twelve years, this has been one of the biggest and busiest at CSI Ministries Jamaica! By the end of 2019 – we will have hosted approximately 450 Team Members & Guests serving on 24 Teams; Built 29 Houses; Conducted 4 Vacation Bible Schools; 2 Community Outreaches; 3 Women’s Bible Studies; 4 Spiritual Retreats; A Nursing Team; 14 Third-Year Medical Students serving a one-month rotation at a local hospital and clinic; And a first-ever Sewing Team!
We are grateful to God for allowing us to host and serve so many wonderful people throughout this year.
And we are especially grateful for the souls that were changed and saved! To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Has Done!
Pictured with me is CSI Jamaican Staff – Brad (Student Support Coordinator), Pinto (Mission House Cook). We are blessed to have twelve (12) wonderful Jamaican staff that take care of our Mission Teams. From the Kitchen to Housekeeping, and our beautiful Grounds, to the Work Sites, and coordinating our Student Support Program, along with our Nightly Security. We love them and so do our Teams and we are thankful for how each one serves the ministry.
I would appreciate your continued prayers and financial support as I serve with CSI Ministries in Jamaica. Without your help and partnership in this mission journey, there is no way I could continue. I am blessed by all that you have done and continue to do!
Thank you for being a part of this mission journey.