Montego Bay Jamaica
All Ages - Family Friendly
Why you should serve
The need in jamaica
Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jamaica is the second poorest country in the Caribbean - a fact often overlooked by tourists. Just miles away from tourism destinations, villages are living in deep poverty. We are partnering with ministries on the ground who are already doing the work to help meet both the material and spiritual needs of their neighbors. Our desire is to help sustain these nationals by coming alongside the local church.
Ways to serve:
In Jamaica, children and youth are a big focus of the ministry you'll be doing. Depending on the time of year, your team may have the opportunity to go into a local school (or schools) and present the gospel through skits, music, crafts*, etc. All throughout the year, your team will have the chance to build relationships with Jamaican youth at a local community program.
* Teams are responsible for bringing necessary craft supplies and should budget appropriately.
Sports are a great way to connect with people whom you’ve never met before! Kids and teens in Jamaica love soccer and basketball especially - we love using sports as a way to enter into conversation and relationship.
We know that many children living in orphanages around the world are economic orphans rather than orphans in the traditional sense of having lost both parents. Our child sponsorship program is proof that we aim to keep families together by alleviating some of the financial burden that many families around the world face. While all of this is true, it is also true that there are children living in orphanages who deserve to be held, played with, and offered the hope that comes from knowing that there is a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally if we cannot bring about the change that would reunite them with their families.
It is important to Bold Hope that we serve not only individuals and families, but whole communities. Behaviorally challenged and intellectually delayed adults are an important part of the community. We come alongside local ministry partners to provide support for the good work already being accomplished. We help tackle each physical and emotional need that presents itself while sharing the gospel.
As in many countries around the globe, families often do not want or are unable to care for children with special needs. We partner with a Jamaican ministry that houses approximately 80 children and young adults with moderate to severe special needs. We want to see God’s name glorified among those whom society often forgets. We encourage teams to come prepared with songs, skits, crafts, games, and stories and to interact with these precious children of the King.
Many of the ministries we partner with in Jamaica focus their attention and funds on those whom they serve. As is often the case, that leaves very little time or money for facilities upkeep or upgrades. We believe that coming alongside ministries in this way will help them to continue to make an impact for the Kingdom. If your team is specifically interested in construction, we have a local Jamaican partner who builds homes for families who’ve been identified as needing housing in order to regain custody of their children or to keep their children out of state care.
Week at a glance
Below is a basic schedule for the week. However, we expect great things from God on our trips, so that means approaching each day with flexibility in order to achieve His will for the trip.
Each morning, we ask that trip participants take some time to be quiet by themselves. Serving internationally can sometimes be exhausting and overwhelming and we think it’s a good idea to spend some time gathering your thoughts and talking with God as you prepare for the day.
In conjunction with team leaders, our staff will lead a time of debriefing, next day prep, and a short devotional each evening. Whenever possible, we suggest that teams come prepared to lead worship as it’s a great addition to the evening meeting. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can coordinate this ahead of time.
Leave For School / Ministry
Serve At Another Ministry
Fly to Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jamaican & American cuisine
Recreation (May Include):
Dunn's River Falls, Glistening Waters, Beach, Tourism
All international travelers should research the area they are visiting. Please Click here for Jamaica vaccination information and consult with your primary care physician or a travel clinic at least 4-8 weeks prior to your departure to make decisions that are best for you or your family members.
Trip participants should be up to date with vaccinations common to those living in the United States, such as tetanus and measles/mumps/rubella.
Teams will stay at a hotel in Montego Bay in rooms of 4. Double- and single-occupancy rooms are available upon request for an upgrade fee.
All meals will be eaten at the hotel, with the exception of any meals that occur while in transit to or from Jamaica. The cost of any meals eaten in an airport will be the responsibility of the trip participant.
Clean, safe drinking water is available at all times.
It is each participant’s responsibility to get themselves to and from the airport in the U.S.
Upon arrival to Jamaica, all transportation during your stay is included in the cost of the trip.
All passports must be valid 6 months past the dates of the trip.
What to wear
We ask that trip participants do not wear shorts that are too short - they must at least reach your fingertips. Tank tops should be modest, fully covering bra straps. Sneakers should be worn when out in the community or on work projects. Sandals/flip flops are okay during free time. Swimsuits should be one-piece or tankinis that completely cover your stomach.
If you would be interested in going on a trip with us to Jamaica, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you within 24 - 48 hours. If you are the trip leader, you can help speed things up by giving us a count of the people that will be in your group.
For faster service, give us a call at 267-544-5016.