MISSION Serving Beyond the Local Community
Mission with Jamaica - See Geoff Forester's Jamaica Mission Video
Mission with Jamaica unites St. Paul’s parishioners with citizens of Chantilly, Jamaica. Our purpose is to promote the education of the children of Chantilly and to improve the health of the citizens of Chantilly, especially the children and elderly.
This relationship is based on mutual respect, shared goals and the desire to encourage and challenge each other to fulfill our mission. St. Paul’s has the talent and resources to give to this small community and we benefit from the wisdom and spiritual devotion of the people of Chantilly.
This is a mission that provides real results, opportunities for learning, and spiritual growth. There has been a mission trip nearly every year since the partnership began, with St. Paul’s youth and adults providing basic health and dental care, education, friendship, fellowship and practical assistance to the people of Chantilly. Through these trips, St. Paul’s youth gain leadership skills and confidence; Chantilly youth experience growth, hope and an understanding of a bigger world.
Some practical projects St. Paul’s has helped with are: building a playground and soccer field, painting the interior of St. Stephen’s Church, and building new bathrooms for the primary school.
St. Paul’s parishioners and friends help fund and staff mission trips and sponsor preschool children’s tuition, uniforms and lunches. They have also provided medicines, glasses, and school supplies. Local physicians, nurses, dental hygienists, PA’s and educators donate talent and time. Chantilly citizens carry on community work and continue to teach and enrich us.
Children ages 3, 4 and 5 attend the preschool in Chantilly. Parents are required to buy the child’s uniform and pay some of the tuition. This small requirement is difficult. Most have no income, no electricity and live off the land. Teachers work for low pay and often work for no pay when the money runs out. Through St. Paul’s sponsorships, tuition and lunch have been provided to every child, every year, since our mission began in 1996.
In July 2011, a group of St. Paul's youth and leaders traveled to Jamaica to provide a week-long Vacation Bible School for the children of Chantilly. CLick here for a letter from one of the adult leaders, describing the experience.
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with "Jamaica" in the subject line.
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Through the various ministries and missions of St. Paul's, we are able to reach out to people within our parish, in our local community, and all over the world, offering education, spiritual formation, pastoral care, food, clothing and other forms of practical assistance. Most of all we are able to share the love of God with the people we serve, so that God can transform lives in amazing ways. Every donation made in the support of these ministries and missions, enables us to do even more. When you make a donation in honor of someone who is important to you, you are touching lives in a wonderful way.
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