CSI Ministries has teams down each week during the year to serve in some capacity in the St. Marys Parish area – from VBS to House Builds and evangelism.  For over 50 years we’ve served in the rural area of the Blue Mountains – faithfully.   Several teams were lined up to come down and in March when COVID-19 hit, the entire world changed quickly – eliminating the opportunity for travel into the country.  Our missionaries and staff there have been safe and healthy.  They are serving to meet the needs as they can, but are also in need of work.  We are praying that virtual builds will keep our staff engaged and employed until our teams can return.  And the list of families waiting for homes is in the hundreds!  Since the late 80’s CSI has been able to provide basic shelter for hundreds of families.  We are thankful that even in the midst of a pandemic, with the internet and some creative planning – our ministry is continuing.

The Lucerne Christian Church (Lucerne, IN) short-term mission team was not able to fly down to Jamacia this past June to serve and build a house for a family.  They did not let this stop them from serving and delivering on their commitment to bring others closer to Christ.  The team was able to meet virtually (via Zoom) and connect with the CSI staff in Indiana and the Jamaican CSI staff.  The ‘virtual build’ took place over a 4-day span and the family that received this blessing was overjoyed!  Click through each section and see what we did to ‘achieve’ connection via Zoom videos and deliver this home to a family in need.

Meet the new homeowner Ann-Marie Gentles (pet name Marlene).  She is a mother of six children, four are still living with her, and the two older children are living on their own now.  She is a single parent, both baby daddies have passed away.  She has only been seasonally employed in the past, due to being hypertensive.

Her pastor, Brian Doyley at Ranch Church of the Nazarene has connected CSI with Marlene and made us aware of her need.

Marlene’s children

  • Devon Jones is a 17-year young man who attends Ranch Church of the Nazarene in Highgate
  • Diedrande Jones is 14 years old in Grade 9 (pictured)
  • Kerron Jones is 10 years old  in Grade 6
  • Ackelia Lawrence is 2 years old (in picture with mom on her lap)

Marlene with her 4 children

Diedrande

Patrick

Patrick

Andy

Andy

Devon

Devon

Brad

Brad

Abe

Abe

Harry

Harry

Arthur

Arthur

Pete

Pete

House Dedication | From Lucerne, Indiana to Jamaica! GOD’s BLESSINGS!!

Daily Devotions (AM & PM) from Lucerne, IN to Highgate, Jamaica and back!

Day 1, Monday morning devotion

Day 1, Monday evening devotion

Day 2, Tuesday morning devotion

Day 2, Tuesday evening devotion

Day 3, Wednesday morning devotion

Day 3, Wednesday evening devotion

Pre Build Meeting with Lucerne Christian Church team and the Jamaican team leaders in addition to Pastor Brian and his wife Michelle.