Listen to Service Conducted at Evangelical Church by Rev.
Carlene Walford of Carron Hall United Curch, St. Mary, Jamaica
Statement From Carron Hall Church, St. Mary Jamaica on the
Jamaican Christian Medical Mission
answering said unto them, they that are whole have no need of
a physician, but they that
are sick” —St. Luke 5:31.
A dream materialized in 1995 when Rev.
Coughlin and his team decided to start a medical mission in
Carron Hall. The Carron Hall United Church had the distinct
pleasure of hosting that team. Since then the Church has
developed a sincere and fruitful partnership with the members
of the Missouri Medical Mission Team. Ladies and gentlemen, my
brothers and sisters, we are here today primarily because of
this wonderful partnership as well as the camaraderie between
us. The mission has grown tremendously having on occasions in
excess of forty volunteers ranging from medical doctors,
dental surgeons, ophthalmologists, pharmacists, nurses,
restaurateurs, and other non-medical professionals.
We are aware of some other medical
missions that visit other communities in our country but we at
Carron believe that there is none to compare with our Missouri
Mission. Humanitarian missions to developing countries like
ours can be both personally and professionally rewarding, not
only for the members of the team but also the country to which
you / they are called to serve. While you (the members of the
team) get first-hand experience of the plight of some of the
less fortunate in these societies and become familiar with the
local culture, the mission offers a unique opportunity for
persons to volunteer their time, skills, and financial
resources to assist the underprivileged.
Carron Hall and adjoining communities are
immensely grateful to you for this venture, as you have not
only managed to restore the health of thousands but have
caused them to once again become productive. Many have openly
expressed their gratitude in their own vernacular/dialect. One
gentleman had a huge lump/bump toward the back of his neck.
For years, he struggled with the discomfort but the thought of
removing it frightened him. And not only that, he simply could
not afford to have it removed. It took the team from Missouri
to build his confidence then proceeded to remove the growth.
This gentleman has high praise for you all, especially Dr.
Gibbs who had done the procedure.
Hundreds of other persons who have
benefited directly or indirectly from your medical visits
continue to laud the efforts of the group to restore their
health. To say that the Missouri Mission Team has
significantly impacted the church and the wider community is
an understatement. Your patience and expertise are of the
highest quality. The need for medical care is usually so
overwhelming that patients are prepared to wait for an entire
day and if by chance, they were not seen on the first day they
would be willing to return two more days successively in order
to have the doctor’s opinion.
Sick persons travel from within a radius
of 20 miles to have their eyes tested and be fitted with a
pair of reading glasses or a pair of fashionable sunshades.
The dentists are always on hand to ensure good oral and a
winning smile. Chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes,
hypertension, and heart conditions are just some of the
medical conditions the team treats on their visits.
One could always observe the relief and
joy on their faces after being attended to by the specialists,
then given a bag of goodies to take home. Needless to say that
he church grounds which is usually quiet is always transformed
into a beehive of activities with men, women, boys and girls,
babies even, milling about afterwards and enjoying the
atmosphere as well as creating lifetime friendship.
Rev. Walford and the congregation are
eternally grateful to the Evangelical Church, Pastor Dan,
Belinda, Gwen and Rhonda who over the years have worked
tirelessly to organize and spearhead the Mission to Carron
Hall United. To every single volunteer who participates in
this worthwhile mission, we wish to say a special thank you.
May God bless you all and may he continue to strengthen you
and make available the requisite resources to do His work in
your territory as well as on your overseas missions. Carron
Hall welcomes you every time. The sharing of culture, the
spiritual devotions, the food, the concerts, the music, the
games, the sheer laughter are just some of what make our
partnership special. The camaraderie forged is priceless.
We propose that to extend and enhance
your mission, that you might want to consider low income
dwelling for a few of the most needy in our community. Of
course, Minister Walford along with the Board of Elders would
identify those who are most deserving. Secondly, our community
is populated by a number of small farmers, hence, we are
suggesting that the Mission Team could examine the possibility
of providing agricultural tools as well as greenhouse farming
techniques. These could prove to be extremely useful to the
residents and by extension, the country. We hope that you give
these propositions some serious thought as we continue to
serve God’s people.
“Life is precious and fragile, and when
it is in crisis it loves prayer and people with a servant’s
heart to help mend it.”
May you find it in your heart to always
help those who are in need.
God bless you! One love from all of us at
Carron Hall United!
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