Called to Jamaica

Terry was baptized and confirmed at Zion. She married Russ at Zion in 1982 and has continued to attend Zion ever since. They have 6 children and 8 grandchildren (soon to be 10).

My faith journey started at birth and has continued ever since.  Zion has played a large role, as well as my family. My mother, Sharon Schmidt, brought me to Zion at 7 days old.  I’m sure she would have brought me earlier but I was born on a Sunday. I was called every Sunday… “Get up and get ready for church!”  I used to love to sing happy birthday to Jesus as a child and now it is so much fun to watch my grandchildren sing.  I also love Easter and all the happiness and excitement it brings.  I am very thankful to be brought up knowing God and having Zion as my church family as well.

Terry’s favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

It reminds me that this home is temporary.

Terry has been part of Zion’s Mission Jamaica ministry since it began in 2011.

I always wanted to try mission work and what better place but in the sun with great people working with God during our cold season. I felt a strong calling when Mission Jamaica was first introduced to Zion and couldn’t shake it so I decided to go with it.  I have had that same calling ever since. The experience of attending a Mission Trip is amazing and words can never do it justice.

She enjoys the team building, the friendships made and watching God’s hands at work through both the Jamaicans and Zion’s team members.

I think it is so important to see God’s hands work through yours. I really enjoyed seeing God work through my children, too, while participating in Mission Jamaica.  We have been blessed to do this trip with three of our children.  My hopes are that the other three will have an opportunity to be part of this great mission. I have made so many lifelong friends with in our community, church and in Jamaica.

Terry has found it eye-opening to see how the Jamaicans live.

They accept our help so graciously and are such a blessing to get to know and help. One year I watched 5 kids from age 3-8 wait in line to see the American doctor for 8 hours.  During this time they entertained themselves, always had a smile on their faces, and were just happy to be there.  They didn’t have an adult with them, they stopped there on their way to school and waited all day.  Their mom told them if they could get in they should.  All they needed was a pill to make them all better but they couldn’t get into their doctors until May. They told me they had been sick since the New Year.  We were there the end of February.  They never complained and were so happy we were there to help them.

Pastor Douglas had a dream that God wanted him to build a church in Burnt Savannah.  He continued to have the dream and he continued to hear God’s demand for him to build a church.  He saw in his dream where the church was to be built but he knew Burnt Savannah area quite well and did not know of a place that looked anything like his visions in his dreams.  One day he asked his congregation in Montego Bay if anyone knew of this place he was dreaming about.  An elderly lady said there is another Burnt Savannah in the heart of Jamaica that there are few roads that lead to it and the people there basically live off the land and there isn’t much there but sugar cane fields.  He asked her to take him to this place.  He took his congregation all dressed in white on a bus and drove for over an hour through sugar cane fields and through the hills and valleys and as they came around a corner he said, I can take it from here, this road has been in my vision.

He found the place God wanted him to build a church and he did and the people came from miles around and they said we knew God was sending you.  He has Sunday worship there every Sunday and Mission Jamaica does a medical clinic there as well now.  The first clinic we had we asked the people their address and a number of them just said “here.”  We asked them the last time they had seen a doctor and they said “this is the first time.” The church is called Vision Chapel.

Terry has also served in the nursery, on the Call Committee, and leads a Sunday Welcome Crew. She also served as a Sunday school teacher and confirmation guide at Zion for many years.

I was really impacted when I started teaching confirmation.  I felt like I was learning more than my students.

Terry has been in the child care field for many years, and has owned  Kid’s Haven Child Care and Preschool since 1991. Terry and Kid’s Haven support Zion’s monthly newsletter through advertising. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, loves to travel, and is a passionate supporter of the Crisis Nursery of Wright County, where she has served on the board for 20 years. Terry lives her faith in the community by trying to lead by example.

I try to be kind and generous and I try to show God’s love to others.

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