By: Katie Guy
One thing that I have learned through this season of life is that I don’t have sole control of my life. A lot has happened since the passing of my mom in April. There are the usual changes and losses; like one less birthday to celebrate, Mother’s Day having a different meaning and all the other firsts that come with the first year of grieving.
I arrived back to Jamaica several weeks after my mom’s passing and it was refreshing to be back and have work to look forward to. Pastor Kermit and I had some outreach to catch up on and I needed to prepare for the medical team that was coming in a matter of days! This team was a breath of fresh air. We were joyful working together and the spirit was really moving through each of us. They were exactly what I needed in this time of grief. God always knows what we need!
A couple weeks ago I was sharing with a volunteer that I feel like I’m finally catching my groove and getting to know people in the community and the officials in the government that I coordinate with. They know me I know them and we are working together towards something. I was just starting to get comfortable…
Not long after that I received the news that the travel rules for tourists has changed in Jamaica. When I first moved to Jamaica I had planned to travel as a tourist in 90 day increments. I would travel back to the states for a couple weeks; do some fundraising if needed, see family and friends and then get back to work for another 90 days. However that won’t work anymore. Now I’m only allowed to be in Jamaica for 180 days of the year as a tourist.
What now then? Well things are going to change for a season of my life. I’m going to have to apply with the government of Jamaica to find a way to stay for more than 180 days of the year. Once all the necessary paperwork is turned in I have to wait 4-6 weeks to hear the results.
This past Tuesday, I traveled to Kingston and submitted the necessary documents for my application. When I return to the states in September, I’m coming for you, yes you! I’ll be visiting churches and friends all over the country as I meet with those that have been wanting to put a medical trip together and with those that have been bringing teams for years. I will take this opportunity to pour into those that have given myself and the Jamaican people so much. Check your inbox because I’m looking forward to seeing you on your home turf.
As soon as I’m cleared to return to Jamaica I’m making my way there and continuing the good work. You know what they say… That’s just the way I like it!Tags: Jamaica, leadership, mission trip, missions, outreach