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Jamaica Mustard Seed 2017 Mission Trips

April 22-29, 2017 (First Timers)

May 6-13, 2017 (Returnees)

to Jacob’s Ladder, Moneague, Jamaica

for Saint Andrew’s Parishioners (priority) ages 15 and over

Group Size: 10-25

Cost: Airfare is approximately $450 (personal expense)

Jamaica expenses: $950 (fundraise)

Our 2017 week-long mission trips to Mustard Seed Jamaica for Saint Andrew Apostle Catholic Church parishioners have been scheduled.

 Why go?

Since the parish initiated its Mission efforts 18 months ago, four dozen parishioners have had life changing experiences at Mustard Seed.

What about the residents?

Through Saint Andrew’s efforts, Mustard Seed has a new well providing water to drought stricken residents, three new buildings to house physically and mentally challenged adults, a sustainable agriculture program to feed residents, 5,000 teddy bears for Christmas morning, and over $100,000 raised largely from the generosity of this Parish to serve the needy.

Who will join us in 2017? Is Christ calling you?

For more information, contact Mary Jane at MJGeraci@firstwash.com.



What are Mustard Seed Communities?

Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) began in 1978 in the impoverished community of Mona Common on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica, as a home for a handful of abandoned and disabled children. Today MSC serves over 500 children, young adults and families who belong to the most vulnerable groups in Jamaican society. The populations of the MSC homes include children and young adults with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS and teen mothers along with their babies. MSC Jamaica also manages a number of community outreach programs to combat poverty and provide education to local populations.

Where are we going?

Jacob’s Ladder is Mustard Seed’s home in Moneague, Jamaica. Located on 100 acres of land, it is home to nearly 50 young adults with both physical and mental disabilities. In Jamaica, there are no facilities available for this population after the age of 18. The vision for Jacob’s Ladder is to fill this void by providing 400 young adults with mental and physical disabilities a home where they can live out their lives. It is the only facility of its kind in Jamaica. The focus is on family homes as well as on sustainable agriculture. At present, there are several animal husbandry and large agriculture projects underway.

What are the goals of the Mission?

  • To see the face of Christ in those we serve
  • To bring the face of Christ to those in need
  • To deepen our relationship with Christ and with each other
  • To enhance the spiritual and physical well-being of those we encounter
  • To renew the Spirit within each of us, and return to Saint Andrew’s to share that sense of renewal

How can you help?

We cannot succeed without the prayers and financial support of our family and friends. The funds we raise for our mission trip not only provide for our housing, food, transportation and mission insurance while we are in Jamaica, but also directly support the children at Mustard Seed Communities.

We will have a number of educational and fundraising events to support the Mustard Seed Communities as we prepare for our trip. Be a part of the journey!

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