Fran and I have been busy with PEF firesides and inservice meetings. Since our territory comprises of nearly 1/2 of Jamaica for CES and all of Jamaica for PEF I will share some of the pictures that will give you a flavor for this beautiful country. (as a note when we first came we saw primarily the poverty and run down building and very little in the way of beauty) Now after one year we view everything with different eyes.
On our way home from Montego Bay one Saturday morning we saw the laundry being done by these Jamaican ladies.
A sample of a local business woman in front of her store waiting for customers
Little did we know that part way there the road was closed due to a severe accident and all traffice was rerouted through the mountains on an alternate route. As you will see from the following pictures this process was not well thought out as the alternate roads are approx 12 feet wide and in may places there are drop offs on one side and rocky embankments on the other which do not allow for trucks with their width to pass.
AT LAST HELP ARRIVES
There was a bright side however to this experience. The following are pictures of Jamaica we would not have seen without this diversion.
On our way home we came through Christiana just as school got out.
Some additinal random photos
Gentleman hauling his goods to market
A sample of colorful buildings in Jamaica.
When we came into this village Fran aske me to stop for this picture as it was a reminder of our trip with Josh back to his mission field in Wales.
I often encounter Melissa Brown walking to school in the mornings when I am out for my exercise. I was suprised to find out she is 20 years old as I thought maybe 15 or so. As you can see she the cell phone is the bread of life for the young.
This week we went into the food court at our shopping center for lunch. Everything in Jamaica is very expensive except for food at the food court. As you can see the food served is plentiful and with soup, our plate of food and drinks included the total cost is $10.00 US for both of us, and it is good!
Enough for today. We are enjoying ourselves and keeping busy.
Love you all and miss you all - Jack.