2016 Jamaica Mission Trip
Chris Forster, Chaplaincy Leader
The Holy Cross 2016 Mission Team returned early Monday morning after an amazing nine days in Kingston, Jamaica. We worked for several days with special needs students at Riverton Early Childhood Centre and at St. Margaret's Primary School. We also spent time with the abandoned elderly at St. Monica's Home. These centres are all sponsored by St. Patrick's Foundation, and Holy Cross has developed a strong connection with their staff over the years. During our time in Jamaica, we also built a house for a family in Hamwalk, a small village north of Kingston. We fund-raised the $9000.00 needed for the 2-bedroom house through our Jamaica Fish Fry, bake sales and the “Awesome Kingston” competition. It was amazing to work with the "Food for the Poor" crew and the family and to see the house actually going up. All of us were deeply touched when the family took ownership of their new home at the end of the day. On Friday evening, we connected with the Seaview Performing Arts Band. And on Saturday we hiked through the Blue Mountain Conservation Area - a truly awe-inspiring experience.
Thanks to all who supported this year’s Mission Trip with prayers or donations. We were so blessed to be part of it, and we are grateful to God for keeping all of us safe throughout our journeys in Jamaica.
Although we returned a little tired from this trip, we look forward to sharing our stories with our fellow students and staff here at Holy Cross. We are very grateful for the opportunity we had to encounter God in and through the poorest of the poor in Kingston, Jamaica.
See an article about the trip by Michael Lea of the Kingston Whig Standard.