Fr. Jeff visits Jamaica
Our brothers Max, Louie, and Tom in Savanna-la-mar, and Jim and Blane in Negril are doing great work in Jamaica. The hungry are being fed, the Word is being proclaimed, and all of them are trying to promote human development and responsibility with the many poor who come seeking help. The two-year commitment of the young lay men Patrick Montine and Brandon Newland from the Franciscan Mission Service Program has made a positive contribution to the Sav community. They have planted a large garden, started raising chickens for the Sav soup kitchen, and even started a micro loan program to encourage some small steps toward personal responsibility and self-help. Gertrude the goat was given as collateral for a small loan.
Jim has enlisted the help of many members of the Negril community to help with St. Anthony Soup Kitchen and the Get Kids to School Program. The Soup Kitchen feeds 130 people a day; 50 kids are provided with breakfast and 75 kids are provided funds for lunch and taxi fare. Parents are involved and accountable, and attendance and grades are tracked. In addition to meeting with each friar, we had our revitalizing and restructuring conversation, and I met with Bishop Burchell McPherson. The weather was warm and humid, sometimes rainy, and I did, of course, schedule an afternoon at the beach! Yah mon!