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Jack M.

2017 & 2018 Mission Team Member

"This was a beautiful example of the very person-centered Jamaican culture, unintentionally getting paint on the porch was not ideal, but the porch is only a thing and things are not as valuable as people."

Summer 2017

On Sunday we went to Matthew 25:40, which is the Mustard Seed Communities apostolate for teenage boys with HIV. We played them in soccer (and got beaten by them again and again despite the fact that none of them had shoes) and in cricket, which was a ton of fun. On Monday we came back to paint several walls and work on clearing an area for a basketball court. The kids helped us remove the broken seesaw and swing set behind the house and showed us where to put the old equipment. After that, they assisted us in painting by starting a paint/water fight that helped us realize that neither our clean clothes or precise painting skills were of any use to them. We split the team up into those fighting the paint war and those painting walls and had a great time with that. One of them got Father Chris really good which he was a good sport about. During the paint war, a combined dodge-duck-jump maneuver ended in a paint tray spilling on a porch, which put an end to the great paint war. We were all terrified because someone had spilled paint and it was definitely our fault, but then Bashy, a member of Mustard Seed’s mission team, started laughing, saying, "Don't worry about it man, this is Jamaica" and proceeded to help us clean up the mess as best we were available. This was a beautiful example of the very person-centered Jamaican culture, unintentionally getting paint on the porch was not ideal, but the porch is only a thing and things are not as valuable as people. After a couple more hours of painting, we got everything cleaned up (including the paint on the porch) and, exhausted, left Matthew 25:40 with open space for a basketball court, some freshly painted walls and a lot of friends.

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