I have learned a lot of things while being down here, but one of the main things is to embrace the Martha persona instead of Mary. In Luke 10, Jesus goes to Martha’s house where she quickly tries to do things for him, while Mary sits at his feet and talks. Martha asks Jesus to tell Mary to help him and instead Jesus says “Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42, NASB). This is such a great explanation of my time in Jamaica. I am a doer; I like to stay busy and help wherever I can. The most impact, however, is not the physical things I did, but instead the friendships and times I have been able to get to know people. I have been able to see relationships grow, myself grow, and other people grow, Jamaicans and teams alike.
We have a group from Ohio State University that has come down for the past two years, led by a past intern. This is a business fraternity and a mix of people. They may not all be believers, but they all are hard workers and have a servant’s heart. They came down this past March and worked super hard with two full days of construction and an infirmary field trip, but they loved every minute of it. The awesome part was not just the work that they did, but also the work God was doing with and through them. They had about six people return from the previous year and you could visibly see the work God was doing in them. It was such a blessing and awesome experience to sit with them and talk about what God is doing in their lives and how he is opening their eyes. It also made me realize that while not all of our teams are believers, they have an impact on the community and even better God can be seen in what we are doing. Isn’t that what we are all meant to do? Allow others to see Christ through us and bring people into the kingdom of God.