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The water sparkles in the sunlight. The mountains stand tall in the city’s background. The city echoes with the sounds of movement, of living, of people. Taxis buzz along the streets. Children walk on the sidewalks going to school. Life continues in Montego Bay, unbeknownst to our presence. We, the Parkway Baptist Church Senior Class, are here to make a difference.
We left our homes in Nashville, Tennessee to go to Montego Bay, Jamaica to tell people about Jesus Christ. We arrived knowing no one, but felt a welcome from the busy city.
Our first order of business was to visit Doctor’s Cove Beach. This gave us the opportunity to get to know the area, and spend time with local people. That night we ate a traditional Jamaican meal, which introduced us even more to the culture of Jamaica.
During our week in Jamaica we spent time at local schools, a Boys and Girls club, a local church, and the Peace and Justice Center. However, by far, the experience that changed me the most was the time spent at the Blossom Garden’s Orphanage. Blossom Garden’s is an orphanage housing children from newborn to age eight. These children have no family to spend time with them and care for them. However, they are very loving and long to spend time with anyone in their presence. These children understand something that society doesn’t understand. It does not matter whether you are Caucasian, African American, Asian, or Hispanic. It does not matter whether you are tall or short, whether you have long hair or short hair, or whether you have blue eyes or brown eyes. They understand that all this world needs is love. Those children did not care who came in those doors that day, they were just glad they came. The days I spent in the orphanage were filled with love. I got to play with, hug, read stories to, and sing songs with those children. I experienced love from them as I was sharing love with them. Those children taught me to view love in a way that I had never thought of it before. I went to teach them and they taught me.
I found love in an unexpected place. Jamaica is a thriving city full of vibrant people and culture. In the midst of the business and life in the city of Montego Bay, love is what I found. Love is all this world needs.