How long will you be in Jamaica?
Possibly forever. We signed a 3-year contract with CCCD early 2020, but moved with the mindset that this is our forever home unless we feel called elsewhere.
- Do you live on the beach surrounded by palm trees and piña coladas?
When we visited Jamaica this past winter, the only time we saw the ocean was from the plane. Many people associate Jamaica with its beaches and resorts, and for a long time we did too. However, if you travel a few miles outside of Montego Bay, you will find a very different country that we often don’t hear anything about.
- Why the Deaf population?
Research has shown that the Deaf are one of the most unreached people groups in the world. Because of the lack of awareness, rights, and accessibility surrounding the Deaf community in Jamaica, receiving an effective education and dignified employment as a Deaf person can be met with great difficulty.
- What specifically do you guys do?
We have the opportunity to serve both adults and children in the Deaf community and alongside short-term mission teams. Pat walks alongside the Deaf pastor at the Village and assists in ministry there, as well as helping with teams that come down on trips. Kara is the Transition Coordintor, creating a program for the residents of the Village to assist in transitioning into the greater Jamaican community, as the Village is meant to be a transitional space.
- What campus do you live and work at?
We live at the Jamaican Deaf Village in Mandeville, but also have a consistent presence at the Knockpatrick school nearby.
- Will you ever come back to visit in the States?
Yes, and we will make sure you all know when we do!