The Frankfort Christian Academy (TFCA)
Day 3 (Tuesday, May 15)
Another busy day for your missionary students on the small island of Jamaica! After loading the truck at 6:30 am, the entire team sat down for morning devotions led by Mr. Ashley Gritton. He challenged our group to be – as Christians- more like a coat hanger than a phone charger cord or pencil. He explained that the coat hanger can be shaped but then holds that shape and he challenged us all to live that way.
After a big bowl of oatmeal, fresh fruit, and some cinnamon toast the teams headed to the worksite. Today’s tasks included building the other three walls, painting all the walls a second coat, and cutting out doors and windows. Group 1 finished a little quicker and headed back to the mission house to paint the trim for both homes. Group 2 got caught in a pretty good rain on the way back but God rewarded the efforts with a chance to see Robin’s Bay and Strawberry Fields park. The view was breath taking.
Next came some showers and a short hike to the Legendary “Abandoned Drug Lord’s Castle” it is 5 stories tall with statues of lions and balconies over looking the bay. The house was never finished and has been sitting empty for over 10 years.
With the return to the mission house the group was blessed with Pinto’s fried chicken which is guaranteed to make the Colonel cry in envy! Even the “Picky Picky eaters” ate multiple pieces. When the table was merely chicken bones, the TFCA team loaded up and went back to town with a visit to a local Potter and ice cream at a main street store in downtown Highgate. I’m sure they can explain how different this experience is from Baskin Robbins!
As the night draws to a close… laughter can be heard throughout the house as the students are enjoying each other, laughing, playing cards and just talking….. being unplugged is a separate blessing!
Tomorrow we do a first school devotion at 8 and then back to the building sites. Keep us in your prayers as we continue to work and minster.
Day 4 (Thursday, May 16)
Although the Missionaries from TFCA experienced a record breaking temperature day in Jamaica today…. all survived and will have many memories to share! The day started early… team 1 began the day at 6:30 am by loading all the building supplies to start the building project of 2 houses. Tomorrow team 2 gets the good fortune of loading at 6:30. After loading, the entire team got together for to sing praises and a devotion lead by Ashton Marcum. Next they gobbled down some pancakes and cinnamon fried plantain and headed out to work. Both teams got the foundation dug, the floor constructed, and the back wall in place.
After a fun ride back to the mission house in the back of the truck and showers, we were met with 2 local Jamaican students and their families. One student, A second grader, has been supported all school year by Mr Marcum’s 6th grade homeroom. The TFCA students have sent financial support to help pay for notebooks and other supplies and provide help with Taxis’s to get to school. The other student, a fifth grader, is being sponsored by Mr Marcum’s family. The two young ladies were slightly overwhelmed at first, but warmed up and enjoyed the time with our students.
Can’t wait to see what God has on his agenda for us tomorrow!
What a day TFCA had today! We started the day by sharing a devotion with 120 primary students. Hard to say who was more nervous… our students who had to perform in front of the little strangers…. or the little strangers who found themselves in a room full of “White people”?
God provides… our students did an excellent job presenting the story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and King Nebuchadnezzar! James Stout had all the students laughing and the rest of the crew really delivered! Ms Bourne has taught them well. Possibly even more enjoyable was our time singing with them. And the joy they brought when they shared the singing of the Jamaican National Anthem with us.
“Teach us true respect for all
Stir response to duty’s call
Strengthen us the weak to cherish
Give us vision lest we perish
Knowledge send us, Heavenly Father,
Grant true wisdom from above
Justice, truth be ours forever
Jamaica, land we love
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love.”
From the school we changed clothes and headed to our job site. Each team constructed the roof and worked on boxing in windows and doors and more painting.
After an amazing meal of peppered steak, mashed potatoes and cheesy bread we were entertained with some local talent. The Jamaican’s sang local folks songs and gospel songs with us. It was a fitting finish to a great day. Tomorrow brings new challenges and I’m sure new blessings! We have a new school to meet, a house to finish and dedicate, and memories to make.
– Tim Marcum
TFCA is in Jamaica for the next week and will be sending updates for you all to read. Though you are not there with them, as you read we hope you’re encouraged by the work they are doing and experience from afar the impact they are having on the people of the area. Please continue praying for this group as they are serving the people in Jamaica.