ACE has been fortunate to have extra helping hands from time to time. Sarah has been one of the people who has been down to Jamaica several years in a row and saw a need that she might be able to fill temporarily. We would to take this opportunity to introduce you to Sarah, a 27-year-old young lady from North Georgia.
Here is a note from Sarah in her own words.
I felt a longing in my heart to do something more with my life, so when the opportunity came to be able to volunteer in Jamaica, I resigned from my job, ended my lease on my apartment, and never looked back.
Since I’ve been here helping out with day-to-day functions of ACE and Buccaneers, I’ve been able to work closely with the ACE staff. What an awesome experience it has already been. I’ve learned many new things, like how to drive on the opposite side of the road, how to call avocados “pears” and even how to navigate my way through Port Maria – but most importantly, I’ve learned how to depend on Christ.
One of the most amazing things about being down here is seeing firsthand the way God has been using ACE to assist these precious people. I can say from the bottom of my heart that ACE has been the hands and feet of Christ for the people of St. Mary. ACE has bridged the gap for employees, their families, and families in our communities by providing food, educational access, and basic needs.
Already in 2021, we are seeing God working in additional ways. While we miss our friends at the infirmary and can’t be with them like we used to, we can still make an impact to those in need. A short survey of our community brought forth numerous seniors that are shut-in, lonely, and longing for human connection. They, too, feel abandoned and forgotten. Instead of becoming frustrated with limitations and setbacks, we are allowing this season to go deeper into our community and relationships. I am learning that God always has a plan, and if I am willing to trust Him in all things, He will open doors of opportunities and ways to be His hands and feet.
I’d like to end with a quick story:
We were visiting a single mother that cares for her disabled adult son, every day, seven days a week, with no help or assistance. We brought coffee and, of course, the famous “Betty” condensed milk creamer. We started out talking about the little things – a new year, the weather – but then the conversation began to go deeper. She shared during this COVID season that she really misses being able to go to her church. I think that has been a tough thing for a lot of people. We decided to hold church right where we were by reading her favorite Psalm, Psalm 51, singing and a few songs. We ended our little service that touched us all by having a prayer together.
I can never go wrong by putting love in action. It has been so humbling to be exposed to a portion of this active ministry. I’m looking forward to the journey ahead – with all of you, the wonderful ACE Family.