April 7, 2014

Letter from Jamaica
Well this week we had an unwelcome April fool’s joke…our internet stopped working and we were left without internet for two days.  After discovering that it was our wireless internet box that died we went and purchased another one; so we are up and running again.  It only took two days to get this figured out and now most of everything back to normal. Our Magic Jack phone is still not working and neither is the printer but we will continue to work until we get those back up and running as soon as we can.

We also had two wheelchairs to deliver this past week. The picture below is of the street we delivered the second one too.  It looks pretty good but the truck was just about too wide to fit. It was about 5:30 pm and the people usually start coming out to visit with their neighbors about this time of evening.  The heat of the day starts to dissipate and people get to visiting with each other. This was a pretty friendly street and everyone smiled or waved to us as we went by.  We were asking where the lady lived we needed to deliver the wheelchair to but no one knew who she was. Then Tracy (our wheelchair monitor) started asking for the lady who walks with a walker and really struggles trying to get around. The people said “oh you mean ‘mum!’” It turns out that she has a lot of people who just call her ‘mum’ as she helps those she can around the neighborhood. She is a nice lady who is helping to take care of her daughters, granddaughters, and great grandchildren too. She was cooking Chicken Foot Soup in her little outside kitchen hut and it sure smelled good.  She lives in Portmore.

 This young lady young lady in the middle is about 20 years old and has been incapacitated for about 5 years now. We don’t really know what happened but have been told she had a terrible shock and has not walked since.  Dad had to assist in getting her into her new wheelchair as she could not help in anyway.  She lives with her mom and sister in this little house. The camera shows the whole width of the room. The length is about 20 feet long. She was so happy to have a wheelchair. Now she can get out of the house and attend her church.
We also met with the Director of the FISH Foundation about partnering with them for dental equipment and help with our prospective Jamaican missionaries.  This is a great foundation that serves the poor and needy here in Kingston. 
We met with Pres. Blake at the Self Reliance Center and decided to make some combined trips this next week to see if we can help each other do our respective work. Much of what we do and what they need can be done in a cooperative effort.
Also this week we headed up to Port Antonio to meet with the Branch President up there to discuss starting a Food Project there.
Conference weekend was wonderful! We enjoyed watching it on the internet. We were able to see all of the sessions. We had the Mortensen’s and the Senior Sisters here and shared lunch and desserts…always good times.
Well another week has come and gone and we have just completed 18 month of our mission.  Time is starting to wind down so quickly now that it is scary to think of all we want to get done before we are called to return home. Dad’s eyes are holding up for us and we have been told by Pres. Brown to not drive after dark so we are trying to be obedient.  It is hard when there is so much to do and we have to depend on the goodwill of other to assist us if we need to be out after dark.  We have been blessed to be surrounded by such good people here in Jamaica who are willing to give us a lift to meetings or appointment that will keep us out after dark.  The Lord blesses us so much. There is no way we can ever repay him but to be diligent and obedient to his commandments.  We love the work. We love the Lord. We love the people of Jamaica. We love our families who make our mission possible. Without all of your love and support we would be lost. Thank you for all you do for us and for the Lord…Keep the Faith and Hold to the Rod!
Mom and Dad
Grandma and Grandpa Murdock
E/ S Murdock