We worked in nine Mission Churches in Jamaica. The churches were part of a circuit of churches for each pastor, so sometimes the pastor was not present as we worked with members of the mission. The churches were in rural areas and separated my many miles. In many cases transportation while at the church was not available. Some congregations were less than 20 people. Most visitations were done by walking from the church along neighboring streets. Despite these handicaps, there were 544 who prayed to receive Christ.
One church in particular was prepared, the church at Green Vale near the city of Mandeville. The church, which had a membership of about 30, had 251 people come to the Lord during the week mostly in church services. Between the retreat in April and July, the mission at Green Vale built a church about five times larger and is no longer a mission church.
There are many stories to tell, but one is indicative of the work the Lord was doing in the Green Vale church. The team met four girls on the road down from the church and led them to the Lord. That night the girls brought 13 other people to church, and all were saved. For my part, the highlight of my trip was when a little girl said to me, “Thank you for saving my mommy.” We know Jesus saved her mommy, but I was touched to think this little girl saw the importance of what was going on. Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me.” And, another time He said, “…unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” The little girl is in the picture.