Jamaica Medical/Dental/Vision Mission Trip: Urgent Appeal

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In October, the “Music with a Mission” concert, presented by our own Dr. Stephen Fiess, raised $2,100 to support the work of the Jamaica Dental/Medical Mission, which will take place February 23rd – March 10th. Half of the money raised will be used toward our $8,000 fundraising goal to cover the cost of medicines, medical supplies and eyeglasses for the 2018 mission trip. The remaining half is to be reserved for the 2019 mission. 

We are so grateful for this generous response. However, we have recently been notified by the Jamaica Mission Board that the program is experiencing a financial shortfall this year due to an increase in the number of prescription medications needed to support its expanded 2 week mission.  Any parishioners who would like to donate to the Mission to help them deal with this shortfall are encouraged to do so at church on February 4 or, by mail or on-line, during the following two weeks. Checks should be made out to Good Shepherd, with a notation in the memo line for “Jamaica Medical/Dental Mission”, and can be dropped by the office or placed in the offering plates at any of the Sunday services.  You may also donate online by clicking here.

The Jamaica Medical/Dental Mission was brought to Good Shepherd over 10 years ago by Deacons Bill and Karen Henwood, who continue to actively spearhead the mission from South Carolina. The mission has grown over the years by forming a 501c3 non-profit under the name Jamaica Missions USA, with additional volunteers and a new vision care program.  On February 23, we will travel to Jamaica with two teams (46 volunteers in total) comprised of doctors, nurses, an optometrist, pharmacists, EMTs, general helpers, prayer warriors and worship leaders.  In a two-week period, we expect to treat the physical and spiritual needs of over: 
•    1000 medical and dental patients
•    300 vision patients
•    and, dispense over 2000 prescriptions
Providing quality health care is the vehicle through which we can reach our highest goal, to share the Word of God!  
For more information, please contact Melissa Watson.