"To experience a day in their life and to see how happy these people are with so little resonated deeply with me."
My first trip to Jamaica was in the summer of 2013. Since then, I have been back to Jamaica on four separate occasions solely because it continues to have a profound impact on my life. It has changed my life for the better in four key ways.
1 – Perspective
Jamaica being a third world country is much different than America. The moment you step off the plane you are able to recognize the difference in how the country operates, smells, looks and even feels. You realize the rest of the world is just not the same and that we are extremely blessed with what we have here in the states. It opened my eyes to look at the world in a different light.
2 - Humility
Working with children and adults with physical and mental disabilities for me was one of the most humbling experiences in my life. To experience a day in their life and to see how happy these people are with so little resonated deeply with me. It reminds us that we should not worry about the physical possessions and that we should strive for happiness through faith in God. Each time I returned home from Jamaica I have acknowledged many things in my life that are excess and in no way help me lead a life in Christ. Because of this I challenge myself to be more humble in my life.
3 - Faith
My faith was challenged in Jamaica more than it had ever been before and it was for the better. I was presented with new big picture questions that allowed for deeper discussion and strengthening of my faith. When I was removed from simple day-to-day worries and shifted my focus to helping others in a new setting I was able to clear my mind and let God work through me. I received both a sense of purpose and gratification by working along side individuals that I otherwise would have never had the chance to encounter. This overpowering experience is what made me realize that everything in life beings and ends with faith and more importantly God.
4 - Character
I was fairly sheltered most of my life and until college had not ventured far from home. When I experienced Jamaica for the first time I was thrust into a position that forced me to improve who I was as a person. It required me to get my hands dirty, go out of my comfort zone and find God in the most unassuming people.