Mission Jamaica is a short-term ‘vacation with a purpose’ program, which began at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi in 1990.
Mission Jamaica provides Christians a meaningful way to put their faith into action through short-term mission trips to Jamaica. The trip combines a service project with time for reflection and spiritual rest. It allows a person to experience an international mission field that is close to home yet far enough away to immerse into another culture for a week. We serve our Jamaican partners by planning, funding and implementing Christian teaching, medical care, childcare, and construction projects. Whatever your gifts or talents are, you can use them to serve the Jamaican community. Mission Jamaica provides a way for anyone to love and serve our neighbors just as Jesus taught us through his love and service to others.
- Overwhelmed by cold and snow this winter? Hoping to define a purpose in your day to day interactions with others? I hope you consider a “vacation with a purpose” and join a Mission Jamaica team through Zion in the future. Reflecting on the Parable of the Good Samaritan was the intention of the Zion Mission Jamaica 2019 team devotions. In Luke 10:25-37, from the command “love your neighbor as yourself,” the parable finds Jesus addressing the question of “Who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going ... more
- 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 ... more
- My first trip with Mission Jamaica was in 2014. My husband, Kevin, and I were both very excited to try a mission trip together. The team was fantastic and we grew closer to people we already knew and became friends with those we just met at the meetings before leaving on the trip. Zion teamed up with a group from the Presbyterian Church that year so it was even more fun. I worked at the medical site doing basic screenings for blood pressure and blood glucose. My most memorable part ... more