2019 Lighthouse Mission Trip Report · Heritage UMC

2019 Lighthouse Mission Trip Report

Friday, July 5 2019 by Jason Williams

Every year our Lighthouse students go on two mission trips: One national and one international. This year they ventured out to Jacksonville, where 28 of our students got the opportunity to team up with Team Effort to help with hurricane relief. Our international trip took five of our students to the Bahamas, once again, in partnership with Praying Pelican Missions.

Jacksonville (June 23 – 29, 2019)

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma carved a path directly through Florida. Starting with landfall at Monroe County, Irma brought flooding and severe winds to the majority of southern Florida. As she moved through Florida, her strength did weaken, but much of the damage wasn’t caused by her winds or their impact, but the flooding that came with her.

Although the eye of the hurricane was over 70 miles away from Jacksonville at the time of its passing she still brought with her record-setting floods – floods that Jacksonville hasn’t seen the likes of in 53 years! Many parts of Jacksonville were underwater for days, and much of that damage is still present today, two years later.

In partnership with Team Effort, 28 students, chaperones, plus our summer intern Maddie, headed out to Jacksonville to help with the ongoing recovery. During the trip, the students were able to help with rebuilding on a home that was affected by the floods. They helped to build a fence along the front of the property, helped replace drywall inside the home and helped restored a seawall.

The students were able to meet the homeowner as well as her grandchildren, and left words of encouragement around her home for her and the next team that comes to help!

Bahamas (June 8 – 14, 2019)

The Bahamas is a place rich in history, especially it’s capital city Nassau which is located on New Providence island. We were blessed to be able to return this year with 5 of our students, 2 chaperones, and Maddie, to help the local churches.

We stayed at a local church in Nassau and were able to help serve at The Cornerstone Zion Community churches by cleaning the churches and painting the interior walls of two of the local churches.

Additionally, students were able to host a VBS in the afternoon for children throughout the community that included activities such as a Bible stories and skits, snacks, and crafts. While we had a good turn out the first day with 21 children, by the end of our trip we had over 40 kids showing up for VBS! The most impressive thing was how much the children already knew about Jesus! God is truly moving and working around the world to draw everyone to Himself!

Students were also able to serve at the Naomi Christie Nursing Home, painting the residents’ nails, reading them Bible stories, braiding hair, and mowing the lawn.

Some Bahama photographs provided by Praying Pelican Missions

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