Missions

Here at the North Carthage Baptist Church, we are fortunate to have a congregation of members who believe that missionary work, when practiced as Christ intended, has enormous importance. We believe that the message of Christ is still good news for all people. As a local church, our mission begins by reaching out to the lost in our own community here in Smith County. However, Jesus’ Great Commission makes it clear that our responsibility is not just to our own local needs, but extends to all nations around the world. (Matt 28:19) Our church has contributed to mission programs such as the Words of Hope ministry to demonstrate our commitment to missionary work. We believe that the message of Christ is still good news for all people.

January 1, Two-Thousand-Ten Update“ALL the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again” (Ecclesiastes 1:7).
While serving as Missionary in Florida 19 years ago I baptized the first soul saved in an awesome watery grave; “the place where rivers return thither again” the Atlantic Ocean. That was January 5 1991, the day after “Palm Tree” was organized and I thank God for the memories. I recall an anniversary couple (inquisitive tourists) walking the seashore that Lord’s day. They inquired, why the Sunday attire. Brother “Big Heart” the (64 year old) son of a Mandan Cherokee medicine man’s daughter instantly replies with exuberant joy, (like a little boy with a new toy) “I got saved and I’m getting baptized today.” I remember when he raised himself off the altar at the Enterprise Florida mission a new creature in Christ; Dr. David Kennedy (his Scottish name) was an Episcopalian priest for the Indians testified “seven years of divinity school” could not give me the peace I found on that little mourners bench. If our baptism is an outward show of an inward work to a person’s soul, then that day; the beachside was over-flowing with spectators as our American Indian brother’s face was glowing; an outward showing to the tourist world what Christians do best. The charming Catholic couple from the state of Massachusettsstayed and observed the non-traditional Missionary Baptist ordinance in the rough tidal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a pleasant experience returning to preach at Palm Tree Missionary Baptist Church in Deland, Florida on my way back to Jamaica. I preached my first sermon in Deltona Florida on Psalm 92:12 twenty-one years ago; “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” This verse became the inspiration for the names of the two churches still active in Florida; although small, they still stand tall in the eyes of the Lord. The mission work in Florida is the labor of several brethren who first planted, then came those brethren who watered, and it was God who gave the increase. True the collective mission work of every church and its supporting churches of like faith is priceless. Jesus said: “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men labored, and ye entered into their labours” (John4:38). I remember the John Nichols family who got saved at Palm tree and all three were baptized in the St. John’s River near the Blue Springs Park the wintry retreat for the Manatee, Florida’s gentle giant. The same river where the alligators bask on the river banks which flows upward into the Atlantic Ocean true to “the place where rivers run thither again.” It was the season when the manatees were returning to the sea. The church assembled at a popular spot where many forgot it was the Lords day. The river traffic consisted of large yachts and the fishermen were sipping their Bud light when the church gathered at its baptismal sight on the scenic St Johns River. The fishermen hid their beer and the boats shut their engines down as the members gathered around to sing “Shall we gather at the river” I pondered in my mind could this be another time a lost soul saved and buried in a watery grave giving witness to the outside world around them of the Lord’s church work. John Nichols was very tall the third that I baptized that day. I stepped backward into the depth of the river and lost my foothold and to my surprise a manatee slid under my feet allowing me to baptize; then out the corner of my eye I saw the tail  of the manatee wave high as it went by and I cried thank you Lord.It is now the year of our Lord Two-Thousand-Ten; how awesome He has delayed his coming once again. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9). As the English songwriter Elizabeth Mills penned in her lovely chorus arranged by William Miller “We’ll work till Jesus comes, (we’ll do mission work) till Jesus comes, and then we’ll be gathered home”
May the Lord bless all missions and church works in Twenty-ten undertaken in Christ name and rescue sinners from hell’s eternal flame!
God Bless – Missionary Elder Rick Jones

-2009

Jamaica Christmas Update
Please accept this non-traditional way of sending greetings this holiday season hoping you experience the memorable joy of knowing long ago God sent His only begotten Son into the world to save humanity from their sins. Lynn and I are especially blessed this year, thankful her thyroid nodule was benign and she was spared the awful trauma of cancer. I was equally thankful I was home to fulfill that part of the marriage vow “in sickness and in health.”

Our Jamaican Christmas update begins with her 4th mission (organized June 2008) “Mine Creek Missionary Baptist Church” in Pleasanton, Kansas. Mine Creek is 128 miles from our Buffalo, Missouri home. Lynn is a charter member of Mine Creek and drives Sundays to support Jamaica’s spiritual brothers and sisters in the US. As Craighead’s missionary it is a blessing for me to visit her offspring and bring back to Jamaica a report of how Mine Creek is prospering.

When I visited the morning of December 20th the sweet Holy Spirit had filled the little house of prayer.  My brother’s daughter (troubled in soul & spirit) fell in the altar of prayer mourning; the little church fell in around her. A sight that is awesome in our churches liken to what Jesus preached to the disciples in John 16:21 “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.” When Mine Creek was a mission in 2006 & while visiting her dad, my niece fell in the altar seeking the Lord. She dates her salvation to that time and place but fell this morning seeking to be assured and not doubtful.  She had shared this with her step-mother but has not made it public; I’m a “wait and see” preacher for “fruits meet for repentance” when the Holy Spirit leads and confirms her salvation.

In Jamaica it is traditional for many churches to be open for special day/night worship on the holiday so Craighead and Warsop will be having services to offer the community to come and worship with them. I will be returning to Jamaica in mid-January looking forward to upcoming revivals planned in the early part of the year. I am deeply rewarded by the Lord with a group of young adult brothers and sisters from Craighead and young married couples from Warsop who support the mission work of their two churches and they will load up on the bus and where the Lord says go, they will follow. It is a humbling experience for a missionary or any pastor feeling led to do the work of an evangelist to have that kind of support in the Lord’s work.  As my wife coins it, we are “So very blessed!”

I spoke recently with my Uncle Joe the deacon (who has run his race well) who influenced me so much in my early ministry.  We both acknowledged although we see little of each other now, we pray for each other always. The remarkable thing to me this & every holiday season – Jesus is the reason the veil was rent into; so you and I can have access to the throne of grace and many times I have been the recipient in Jamaica of feeling those prayers from people like my Uncle Joe whom I know has spoken my name in prayer. It is with these thoughts in mind I return to Jamaica with a renewed strength and zeal to continue to do the Lord’s work in Jamaica and the US.  God bless – Brother Rick

JAMAICA UPDATE

BEYOND THE GOVERNMENT RED TAPE
My wife Lynn’s biopsy was inconclusive and on December 2 she will undergo a radioactive dye test to rule out cancer for sure. We are thankful for your prayers and ask that she may remain on the prayer list of your heart. She and I are walking hand in hand with Jesus, I on His left side and she on His right.

English novelist Charles Dickens coined the phrase “red tape” derived from the lawyers and government officials who tied their important papers with red tape. I finally moved beyond the Jamaican red tape and for the next two years I’m free to preach up a storm in Jamaica .

Although, I do not have any lost souls to report of being saved, (the last one being 10 months ago); I’m happy to share that the Lord took great care in revealing to me that this latest trip to Jamaica was necessary. Dwen’s nine-year old twins usually ride to church with their uncle, Bro. Sheldon; but he had to carry his uncle to the hospital that day. The boys walked two & one-half miles to church with Bro. Julian. Their grandmother the next day shared with me when the boys left for church that morning, one of them told her he was “going to be a preacher like Brother Rick.” I was touched and the Lord whom I serve knew I would be. The next day Bro. Dwen told me his three-year-old little girl Kim told her mommy on Monday while getting her ready for school “Mommy, Bro. Rick preached real hard.”  I was again touched by the hand of the Lord and realized my trip, in spite of the wiles of the devil, was necessary.
I resumed my mentor class at Pike All-Age School with 15 young men teaching them how the Lord shared with angry and jealous Cain “if thou doest well shalt thou not be accepted…”

On Monday November 16, I was invited to preach for my first time before 300 students, ages 18-25, at St. Michaels Institute of Learning in Mandeville at their daily devotional exercise.  The Lord truly came in among us and allowed me to preach on gaining spiritual knowledge, the kind you cannot attain through study; the kind which goes beyond the carnal mind like Solomon asked for and it was given him in the heart as a gift from God. I was allowed to share with the crowd my testimony of salvation and ended my discourse by encouraging the students to first “seek ye the kingdom of God .”
I’m deeply humbled by the door of utterance opened unto me in Jamaica .  There is truly a famine for the word of God; the gospel here is so freely spoken just about anywhere. I’m humbled I have liberty to preach in their schools, open places in the community, and “soul witness” one on one.

Sunday night we will be conducting an open-air service down at the Craighead square where the “ruffians” congregate, preaching Christ unto them. And on Friday November 27, Warsop will host an open-air service and will attract a crowd on the street at night.  When I first experienced preaching in the street I had to pray to find courage for I was not acquainted to this preaching style. I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul who preached in  I Cor 9:20, 21, 22 “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some”.
I will spend Thanksgiving alone in my humble Jamaica home provided by all of you, thankful for the harvest of souls here in Jamaica , US, Africa, Guatemala , and around the world.

Happy Thanksgiving

Missionary & Elder Rick Jones

JAMAICA UPDATE

“BEYOND THE GOVERNMENT RED TAPE”

My wife Lynn’s biopsy was inconclusive and on December 2 she will undergo a radioactive dye test to rule out cancer for sure. We are thankful for your prayers and ask that she may remain on the prayer list of your heart. She and I are walking hand in hand with Jesus, I on His left side and she on His right.

English novelist Charles Dickens coined the phrase “red tape” derived from the lawyers and government officials who tied their important papers with red tape. I finally moved beyond the Jamaican red tape and for the next two years I’m free to preach up a storm in Jamaica .

Although, I do not have any lost souls to report of being saved, (the last one being 10 months ago); I’m happy to share that the Lord took great care in revealing to me that this latest trip to Jamaica was necessary. Dwen’s nine-year old twins usually ride to church with their uncle, Bro. Sheldon; but he had to carry his uncle to the hospital that day. The boys walked two & one-half miles to church with Bro. Julian. Their grandmother the next day shared with me when the boys left for church that morning, one of them told her he was “going to be a preacher like Brother Rick.” I was touched and the Lord whom I serve knew I would be. The next day Bro. Dwen told me his three-year-old little girl Kim told her mommy on Monday while getting her ready for school “Mommy, Bro. Rick preached real hard.”  I was again touched by the hand of the Lord and realized my trip, in spite of the wiles of the devil, was necessary.

I resumed my mentor class at Pike All-Age School with 15 young men teaching them how the Lord shared with angry and jealous Cain “if thou doest well shalt thou not be accepted…”

On Monday November 16, I was invited to preach for my first time before 300 students, ages 18-25, at St. Michaels Institute of Learning in Mandeville at their daily devotional exercise.  The Lord truly came in among us and allowed me to preach on gaining spiritual knowledge, the kind you cannot attain through study; the kind which goes beyond the carnal mind like Solomon asked for and it was given him in the heart as a gift from God. I was allowed to share with the crowd my testimony of salvation and ended my discourse by encouraging the students to first “seek ye the kingdom of God .”

I’m deeply humbled by the door of utterance opened unto me in Jamaica .  There is truly a famine for the word of God; the gospel here is so freely spoken just about anywhere. I’m humbled I have liberty to preach in their schools, open places in the community, and “soul witness” one on one.

Sunday night we will be conducting an open-air service down at the Craighead square where the “ruffians” congregate, preaching Christ unto them. And on Friday November 27, Warsop will host an open-air service and will attract a crowd on the street at night.  When I first experienced preaching in the street I had to pray to find courage for I was not acquainted to this preaching style. I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul who preached in  I Cor 9:20, 21, 22 “And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some”.

I will spend Thanksgiving alone in my humble Jamaica home provided by all of you, thankful for the harvest of souls here in Jamaica , US, Africa, Guatemala , and around the world.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Jamaica Update 11-06-09- Is this trip necessary?

Brother Keith Frieze coined that phrase during his Korean War days when aboard a ship out to sea, as an angel appeared to comfort him when he cried unto the Lord:  “Is this trip necessary?

“Necessary” is defined by Webster as “That must be” or “Unavoidable.”  My recent trip to Miami inquiring about obtaining a re-entry visa so I could return to Jamaica and preach without threat of being deported from the island was a bitter sweet experience; but finally at the end of the day by divine intervention the Lord prospered my way. The entry visa enables me to go to the country and meet with immigration to sort out the extended visa. The Apostle Paul, a Jew, traveled freely throughout the countries of the Roman Empire establishing churches because of his Roman citizenship. My work permit or visa gives me the same privilege as a new Jew to do the same in Jamaica .

I’m reminded of the Lord’s own words to the church at Philadelphia “he that openeth and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” He sent an earthly angel from the back office of the Embassy on an errand to the front office.  Overhearing my plight, she returns with my passport to fight for me. And like Queen Esther she pleaded for mercy to the Consulate General and my re-entry visa was approved.

Once again I grinned and marveled at that “Man from Galilee ” I work for; always opens the door when man or the devil tries to shut me out. My 25 years as a missionary has been stepping out on faith into the unknown; but never walking alone. The Lord has always come to my rescue in last minute work behind the scenes. The entry-visa enables me now to go to the immigration in Kingston and the Ministry of Labor to finally obtain work-permit renewal for two years.

The revival suffered a set-back and was temporarily postponed. I plan to serve the two churches during my tenure pasturing half-time and continuing to encourage the members to “contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints” which by divine providence was handed down to them in Jamaica via our American brethren and sisters.

Having to leave my wife for the Lord’s work can be a bitter-sweet experience. The devil tries to persuade me how terrible I must be. She went to the doctor this week and sent word she has a mass in her throat, had a sonogram today and a biopsy may be in order. She and I are so worried. Shouldn’t I guess, but I must confess I get so worn from the devils scorn of my work for the Lord.  It’s so hard to leave her alone to worry; I know I could embrace her and wipe the tears from her face, give her some comfort. But when I prayed today I ask the Lord please send my angel to my Missouri home and in my absence allow him to wrap his arms around my darling wife and comfort her during this trying of our faith. As I closed my prayer I cried and asked the Lord “is this trip to Jamaica really necessary?”  He replied, “When I died for you and she was it really necessary?”  So I’m asking again as I have asked so many times before of my brothers and sisters, please pray for my wife to receive a good report.

When it goes well with you, please pray for the churches and the mission work in Jamaica .

God Bless Rick Jones

Jamaica Update
Construction – Water tank/Vehicles
Brothers and Sisters in Jamaica are preparing for revival and other events the Lord has afforded me. I will participate in graduating exercises by giving greetings (a ten minute discourse encouraging the graduating class) at two schools in Pike &amp; Craighead and this year was selected as guest speaker for the early development Good Shepherd School in Silent Hill, next door to our mission there. I’m looking forward to these opportunities to represent the Lord’s true church in these community events.
The brethren recently volunteered at the local hospital again and on Saturday will volunteer to help paint the little school where I have been selected as guest speaker. Craighead church and her two missions are being instant out of season but praying harvest time will come next month during revival.
I’m including in this update that a total of $4362.62 US dollars (in excess of my expenses) was spent on construction &amp; maintenance in the months of May &amp; June and receipts are filed. There was approximately $1500 donated toward the water tank and the remainder came out of the general fund (my expense account), depleting the Jamaica Fund of any surplus.
The following is an itemized account:

Vehicle Maintenance                                     Jamaican $$
‘98 Isuzu pick-up Used Gear Box (Brown’s Garage, May-Pen) $ 40,000
Labor to install $10,000
Bus starter/labor $15,000

Concrete Water Tank Construction
Materials purchased at Patmore Hardware, Christiana  $120,000
Gravel &amp; Sand (local truck hauling company) $40,000
Labor for masons (two weeks) $ 75,000                                                                                                                                                          TOTAL         $ 300,000

I greatly appreciate your help in getting the water tank project underway.   When completed, it will have the capacity to catch approximately 6000 gallons of rain water.   Construction on the water tank will resume when the funds are available.

On behalf of His Majesty of whom I’m His ambassador in Jamaica, I thank all for your prayers and continued support of the work in Jamaica and around the world where the true church (in my generation) has been given a second chance to evangelize the world &amp; carry the commission of Christ.

Jamaica Update

Father’s Day Baptism
The morning after departing Indianapolis our heart was still filled with laughter as we soared into the twilight. The joy of baptizing four boys (3 of our grandchildren &amp; “Timbo” Spurgeon) into Salem Missionary Baptist Church of Franklin, Indiana was indescribable.
Lynn and I on the Saturday before Father’s Day were invited into the Chris &amp; Madonna Spurgeon home. It was a practice session for the Spurgeon Family singers. To my surprise these boys I baptized are the newest addition to the group making their debut at a recent church homecoming. What an awesome God we serve!  These boys were saved together in Kansas , and then baptized together, and now their hearts forever sing for the Lord.  It is an honor for me to recommend the little Christian troop “The Spurgeon Boys” from the Spurgeon Family gospel group; two are my grandsons.  My son-in-law sings base for the Spurgeon Family singers.  Call Brother Chris at 317 945 2877, as the Spirit flows, they thrill souls wherever they go.
Back in Jamaica , I’m looking forward to souls being saved working closely with the Silent Hill Mission. I will be one the guest speakers at Pike All-Age School graduation this year – what a wonderful opportunity the Lord has opened for me to speak to many parents and children.
We ask that you pray for our revival which will begin next month, undertaken with many friends from Alabama and from SW Tennessee .
Please continue to pray for us and the people of Jamaica .
In Christian love

Bro Rick

Kansas Mission
2 week Revival in 1 night
I am thrilled to report 9 were saved during our week-end of meetings and 6 were my grandchildren, one was my 11 yrs old great-niece. 2 were the Spurgeon singers boys. The service began I must say in the most unusual way as the week-end was “the day the Lord had made.”
Brother Billy Neal Davis, a Kentucky native, was the evangelist the Lord selected and Brother Wayne Strode the song leader; brethren I labored with in Kentucky and Jamaica. It turned out, unbeknown to me, the Spurgeon family had connections which went back with these brethren. Sister Madonna Spurgeon’s parents the Salzmann’s (a deacon and wife) I stayed with during a Indiana revival many years ago, came with them. It turns out her parents were married by Emmett Strode, Brother Wayne’s preacher daddy. Brother Billy Neal Davis and the Saltzman’s knew each other 30 yrs prior growing up in the same church. Brother Billy was just a young preacher when Madonna as saved.
The Spurgeon boys and my Jones sons, in past years of my missionary work, had been mischievous boys in play. My three children were present with my twelve grandchildren and on Saturday morning the singing was filled with Spiritual shouting, followed with rivers of tears flowing from glowing faces. There was no doubt we all were found in God’s good graces. The fellowship of the Lord remained in the afternoon and as we gathered back Saturday night with all in one accord. Bro Chris said it was his expressed wish for an atmosphere to appear where the Father above inclines His ear, desirous to hear from His little children, whom He loves. Straightway, the Holy Spirit fell reproving the “redeemed of the Lord” and they began moving; cuddling the necks of the children struggling with experiencing the pains of hell – encouraging them to seek the Lord. Godly sorrow set up in lost souls and suddenly children began falling, crying out all over the little building. 6 were my grandchildren; Lynn and I were overwhelmed with everything happened so fast altars were made everywhere. Lynn said she didn’t know which lost grandchild to go to first. The travailing of Zion was so great the power manifested was indescrible. Then unexpectedly the sight was something glorious to see. One grandchild after another rising and surprising us with a hug crying out with joy “Poppy, the Lord just saved me.” That’s when I left this world down here. Our grandson Alex my daughter’s youngest boy, ran over to me how wonderful I could feel his joy as he blurted out “Poppy I got it!” I replied, what did you get! “The Lord saved me he cried,” pointing to the side of the pew where he got saved. Now those little lost souls saved were falling down around the other lost kids praying for their lost friends to be rescued from hell. My great niece was so full of joy she shouted the praise of God. The power of love, such affection falling from heaven above, was an awesome sight to feel and see that night.
The Lord promised me over ten years ago he would saved the souls of my grandchildren and He kept his promise but I have six to go. My oldest grandson Matthew, and granddaughter Kymberlee that were seeking are still lost but I know the Lord will saved their soul too. The little Spurgeon boys “joys of salvation” were a blessing, hearing them professing how the Lord saved them. Bro Tim Spurgeon’s daughter, Tiffany, was in the alter as well so please continue to pray she will find peace. Three sets of grandparents rejoiced aloud in the midst of the crowd that night over the bright testimonies of their grandchildren.
The mission is so excited about this endorsement from heaven regarding their upcoming organization. Please remember June 7 the day the new Mine Creek Missionary Baptist Church seeks to follow their Captain and Savior onto the battlefield for their Lord with Brother Terry Nicodemus as His Joshua in southeast Kansas.
My youngest son’s 4 children that were saved went to their church for the Sun night service. The preacher came to where they were setting &amp; said what’s this good news I hear and our twin Hunter pops up &amp; says “Yal we all got saved last night!” What an awesome God we serve.

Jamaica Update

2 Baptized, another testifies!
In the early days of Christ, He and his church moved about from mountaintops, to cities and towns, Garden of Gethsemane , and finally in an upper room. I wonder if our Lord was giving this example to inspire His disciples (early church) so that they would understand the true meaning of “Going into all the world.”
How unique Christ and His early church in Jamaica are – yet small enough to be movable to go into towns, meet on mountaintops and even in gardens and riversides. That happened here on the Lord’s Day when the members of Craighead met with Jesus walking in Jamaica . On March 16 2008, I thought I had only one to baptize. The morning started without Sunday school. The Warsop group (like the troopers they are) began to pop-up like Jiffy popcorn on top of an old fashion GE cook stove.
Bro Simon, the Warsop song leader, testifies then Sister Gwendolyn, teary eyed (her husband sitting beside her) begs the church for prayer for her lost husband. Sister Samantha with her sweet voice rose up to rejoice, then Brother Simon’s 15 yr old nephew, a regular visitor at the Warsop mission, pops up shining bright and erupts into sharing his testimony straightway exclaiming “mi no ready for baptism.” He just wanted everybody to know the Lord saved him. How awesome a God we serve!
Then out from the same popcorn sack Sister Daphne, having been saved some time back at Craighead pops-up and expresses her desire to be baptized. I gave her one of Lynn ’s dresses for she came unexpectedly with no change of clothes.
Then with the bus overloaded, Brother Steve bolted toward the Hector River (his driving this Sunday was inspired by the Holy Spirit).
The moveable church. giving thanks at the riverbank (don’t you know) looked like a rainbow gathering over the picturesque wilderness baptism.
Now with great expectation the little Holy Nation, as peculiar as they are &amp; led by the bright and morning Star, will move into its Silent Hill mission for several nights of meeting, looking for souls to be saved and  other baptisms on Easter Sunday.
God Bless -  Your (wandering New Jew) Missionary Elder Rick Jones.

Update From JAMAICA

It is an awesome thing when one of Adam’s offspring can fly into the friendly skies (at 37,000 feet) while the clouds glide by.  I can imagine Jesus coming back, riding on the same clouds, gathering up crowds of goats and His flocks of sheep to “stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”

I arrived in MoBay on a sunny Tuesday and had to charter a taxi for Dwen to drive to the airport.  The light pickup truck is still broke down &amp; we’re now being told it is too old to fix and parts are not available.  We can’t complain, it is old &amp; over 400,000 miles on it – we’ve been well blessed by it carrying Jamaicans to/from our services all over this island.  Not to mention carrying our water &amp; building supplies all these years.

I received a double blessing departing the US and starting up the mountain in Jamaica .  I recently helped in a revival in Yuma , TN and a young teenager got saved.  It was not by chance his grandparents were there visiting the revival from another church. His father &amp; grandparents joined in such rejoicing.

This Sunday I will administer baptism (69th Jamaican) to the young 19 year-old that got saved back in late January.

We begin revival in our Silent Hill Mission this weekend during which a great opportunity will be granted us as we meet &amp; invite Dr. Mike’s patients.  I will also be present to administer the Lord’s Supper on the eve of Sunday, March 23. It was on Easter 10 years ago that Craighead Old Timey Missionary Baptist Church began as a mission on Easter Sunday.  What an awesome God we serve!  I remember the two Curtis brothers of middle Tennessee who said “Somebody say Amen!”

Please pray for us now in Jamaica .  God Bless!
Brother Rick Jones

BUS UPDATE FOR JAMAICA
Dear Brethren
This it to inform you $10,000 US dollars have been collected thus far in helping us to purchase another vehicle for our transportation in Jamaica .
It will cost 25,000 US dollars for a 28 Seater Used Bus and 15,000 US dollars for a 15 Seater Used Van.
I hope to be able to purchase the Vehicle by January 2007.
I want to thank everyone for this effort to help us raise the funds thus far.
Elder Rick Jones
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Finally!!!! Rick just called to say they will be using the bus in the morning to pick up their first load of church goers since putting the new engine in.  It’s been a long drawn out process and  couldn’t have been done without all of you &amp; we appreciate your help SO MUCH more than you will ever know.  Please give our love &amp; thanks to everyone for their support of the work in Jamaica.  God bless – lynn

I just received a call from Bro Dwen -

The church received only slight water damage &amp; lost 5 windows.  The little house  was spared – the majority of damage was in Coleyville which is between Craighead &amp; Silent Hill mission building received some damage – Bro Smichael is doing ok and his home received some light rain damage.  Bro Dwen said about 10 church members sought shelter in the basement of the church but as far as we know right now no roofs were torn just rain damage.  He is still assessing Warsop as he’s not heard if damage was done there &amp; he will get back to us as he continues to assess things.  Certainly prayer changed the storm &amp; we’re so thankful that lives were spared &amp; thus far – little damage was done.  Bro Dwen said that downed electric poles &amp; mud slides over the island will hinder my return and Bro Dwen recommended that since my wedding anniversary is one week from today that he felt I might as well remain safe in the US.  Therefore I will plan to return to Jamaica on Sat Sept 1.  I have some medical issues with my left hand, leg &amp; lower back that I need to have examined.  I want to thank all of you for your prayers.  I more detailed report will be forthcoming.  It appears the bus was spared any damage but will know more soon &amp; will update you as we receive more info.  God bless – Rick

Bro Dwen called &amp; said they are still without electric.  The food items in their home &amp; my apartment have spoiled.  When Hurrican Ivan hit 3 years ago I was without electric for six weeks and it can be quite unbearable.  I plan to be back in Jamaica by the weekend.

Dwen will be checking on the yam fields as soon as he can.  The government is saying there was much agricultural damage during this hurricane &amp; as some of you that have been to Jamaica know – losing a yam crop is like losing their lifeline.

Please continue to pray for them &amp; also for my wife’s mother who is still hanging on.  God bless – Rick

Greetings Brothers &amp; Sisters

October 30 was a crisp autumn morn.  Darkness still loomed  above MCI Airport in Kansas City . Once airborne, I mused in my heart on the same October morn Paul Bryson &amp; Co would depart Nashville bound for the same area of West Africa where so many Jamaicans came from over 200 years ago.   I was thinking within myself how wonderful it was that so many of you help the missionary by your prayers &amp; support.   Then, as I boarded the plane in Memphis , the sun had risen to warm the colorful fall day.

Jamaica, for me, can sometimes be a bitter sweet experience.  I watched with sadness, as Lynn held back the tears, so I would not feel so bad leaving her behind.  I’ve learned burning the midnight oil, Jesus was touched with our infirmities and the loneliness Lynn and I was feeling; Jesus himself endured leaving his Father behind to come to earth to rescue mankind.   As I was waiting in the immigration line at MoBay I thought how judgment day might be had the Lord not saved me and stamped my passport to heaven with His own blood.

As I arrived in MoBay Dwen was waiting for me in the trusty old van (light truck). It will soon celebrate its tenth anniversary of hauling me and a whole lot of Jamaicans across the rugged terrain around this island paradise.

On Sunday morning the Old Timey Gospel Group made up of two sisters and three brethren (Dwen, Steve, Earle, Salonie and Jer) accompanied by Brother Sheldon at the keyboard, sang a special which touched my soul. It was their rendition of “No Tears in Heaven.”   Brother Sheldon (Dwen’s brother) was recently hired at Troy High School to be a teacher.  I remember the very Friday night he fell under conviction about nine years ago.  While in the Spirit preaching, I saw as his countenance change from glad to sad.  I was also present during the revival when he came hurriedly inside the tent (displaying a new gladness in his heart) to tell me how he repented and got saved at home.

The bus is up and going.  This week we’ll be preaching in three communities including an hour away in St. Elizabeth parish and visiting Warsop mission on Wednesday night.  Also, this month I will submit permission on behalf of Deacon Mike Collins, MD to the relevant government agency for his upcoming medical clinic.

Already this year, 1200 have been murdered or gunned down by gang members where I have to travel to Kingston down the treacherous roads where this violence often occurs. This is a time all kinds of fear goes through my mind, then a heavenly presence overshadows me and I feel and smell the golden vials of odour which is the prayers of the Saints praying for me, as they do for other missionary’s, and my faith is renewed.

This month we will hold an open-air service in All-Sides near the Silent Hill mission in the next parish.  Several church members have farms in the bush near there. These services are in preparation for a tent meeting to start the first week in December.

As always I want to thank everyone for their prayers &amp; support of all mission works, for spreading the gospel (where ever it may be) surely cannot be in vain.

God Bless

Missionary Elder Rick Jones

Jamaica B’ Nice!

Jamaica in the daytime is warm following a picturesque sunrise on this Novemeber morn, one week before my birthday.  Nighttime is cool and the undertaker breeze causes everyone to sneeze.

Today was our first after-school project; it was being brought to the children by the word RESPECT.  To my surprise, 50 school kids from Craighead All-Age (on their way home) stopped by for a lesson on “Lord Help Make Me A Better Jamaican Citizen” [helping me to show respect to myself and others.]   In the US, this community service might make some believers nervous.  But what a great opportunity the Lord gave to Craighead to come to know the kids, who by the way – already knew Pastor Jones.

The bus (17-seater van) carried the students up the hill and what a thrill it was for the excitement of the children.  Many of you can take credit for bringing a moment of joy to every little girl and boy, who will someday reach the age of accountability.  And isn’t it awesome the community has an old fashion Missionary Baptists Church in their midst?

Incidentally, as a way of endorsement today, the delightful island fowl called the Doctor Bird, (a hummingbird with a long green tail) evidently heard of our undertakings.  There was no mistaking this colorful little tropical bird, as Brother Dwen invited the children “look up there” (pointing toward the ceiling).  The Jamaicans say “When he flutters close by, there is healing in the air.”

If I stand on the spot of ground where the church rests and look northward as the John Crow (Jamaican buzzard) flies, you can see resting on a higher mountain, the district of Allsides.  There in Thompson Town will be the sight for revival every night beginning the last week of November.  Before the revival begins (as Israel prepared the tent of the tabernacle) the brethren will mow down the foot high grass with a machete powered by some brother, while another stretches out the 40 X 60 foot tent.  The electric is brought to the tent by a neighbor.

I have held many revivals on the island, but this one will be the first for all three Jamaican preachers to be my helpers.  There will be two Friday night open-air services to acquaint the folks with us.  So I am looking forward to this mission effort &amp; ask you all to be in prayer.

Yours in Jamaica
Missionary Elder Rick Jones

Another Short Mission Report
From Jamaica

November 16 2007, the sunset ushered in the old Jewish Sabbath making for a chill in the night air at Thompson Town, as we gathered there on a country street corner for a Jamaican traditional open-air service. These kinds of worship settings alfresco (outdoors) are not uncommon in Jamaica, where the people can be summoned at a moments notice for worship.

On the evening of the first day of the week, November 18 2007, the crowd doubled in size, and the skies were star bright. Jamaica mountain winds in November can make it feel like winter for the Jamaicans.  So many stood with heads covered and I was touched by their will to withstand the chill; also, their craving to hear the Word of God.  I must confess in the US I would not have such an opportunity to preach the Word in this way, although I have heard in colonial days public worship was a common practice and some of our Baptist forefathers were jailed doing so.

Jamaican lively choruses, lead by Brother Dwen &amp; Bro Simon, resonated on the mountaintop as the general public began to gather round the little spot of ground the church brethren had chosen to preach from.  For me it was a most humbling experience.  I would venture to say there were fifty people on Friday night standing on the roadside with us. “Bongo,” the local town drunk, staggered in until his wife came and manhandled him pulling him down the road by his shirt collar.

Brother Aaron Bent preached the message. God kept His promise and His Word did not go out void.  A lady came to the altar and I believe she was sincere but it appeared she did not pray through.   I am following the trail of deceptive altar practices in Jamaica, “walk the isle smile awhile religion” prevails, as it does in the US, and around the world.  I see why the Lord in the Great Commission expected every generation of preachers to preach the gospel to every creature for He himself spoke that plenty of blind leaders would come in his name in sheep’s clothing deceiving many.

The open-air meetings were closed in prayer announcing we would again be there on Sunday night and would start our revival November 26.

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Sister Salonie a high school graduate, who aids Dr. Mike in his clinic work, is such a faithful church member.  She will tell you herself she loves the truth I preach and it is not uncommon for her to stand and testify the same. She has many lost friends that she believes have been deceived like she was.

For my birthday recently, she brought me on behalf of the church, a plaque with an image of the Holy Bible and a verse of scripture she felt it had my name on it; for it declared plainly what I believe a sinner has to do to be saved. “Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found. Call ye upon him, while he is near” Isaiah 55:6).

Sister Salonie confirms, that is what made her squirm in the pew realizing all she had sadly was “walk the isle smile awhile religion.”  I remember very well when the message on hell caught her attention and the night she got saved and the joy which accompanied her salvation testimony.  I was an eyewitness to the time and place where God saved her by His marvelous grace.

Please remember to pray for our revival the last week in November I am hopeful of souls being saved.

A young brother, Ben Hodges from Goodson Missionary Baptist Church is currently filling in for at the southeast Kansas mission and I will be home for Christmas looking forward to preaching during the holiday for them.

I hope you enjoy these short mission reports from Jamaica.

Brother Rick Jones

THANKSGIVING IN JAMAICA

“Thanksgiving” in Jamaica is a week long funeral celebration; needless to say our traditional Thanksgiving Day is not observed.  So, on our traditional Thanksgiving Day the brethren and I drove the winding mountain road to Trelawney parish to the playfield to prepare the spot of ground by cutting the tall grasses down, where the tent will be raised in the wilderness of Jamaica for the beginning of our revival.

Our last open air service was held on Friday, November 23, 2007. The church and both missions were well represented. Thanks to so many of you, the “magic church bus” (17 seater van) carried our poor church members to the mountain top where once again the brilliant Caribbean sunset ushered in the nocturnal undertaker winds (currents of cool air) as the chilliness in the atmosphere usually appears in December.

This night we were privileged to have our elderly trio singing their traditional gospel hymns.  Brother Williams, our 70 year old Silent Hill member, when the Spirit abides on him, his eyes (although dim) begin to sparkle with tears of joy almost every time and as humility motivates his movements – you know he is led by something divine.

Momma Jane is our oldest living member (78 yrs), a little dark woman slightly bent over with a million moments of time behind her. She brings a slight tempo to the trio, a little rhythmus swing as she sings, keeping the beat by tapping together her feet.

The last member of the Old Timey trio is a favorite of mine.  Brother Green is a little old man who looks like he came straight out of a nursery rhyme.  I call him “Happy” for he resembled Walt Disney’s “Happy” in He was 65 yr old when he got saved at Silent Hill; his salvation experience was a genuine thrill for him.  When Brother Green walked the rugged terrain beside me, he headed toward the river singing all the way, happy as a child would play. He continued his singing while I buried him into the watery ground; he came up baptized – making bubbling chorus sounds, still singing about the salvation he had found in his old age.

These lovely old folks, with Brother Green at the guitar, were the star attraction for the men, women &amp; children who dropped by to listen to them sing “Satan You’re A Wanted Man, Jesus Wants You Dead Or Alive.”

Brother Patrick Campbell, our Warsop mission preacher, declared his message in patois (pat-wah) “Mi here to call sinners to Christ or hell u ago.”  Several came to the altar but I feel like many lacked conviction.  I’m looking forward to the revival (beginning Monday night) for the opportunity to preach about a heart-felt, know-so salvation. I know it will be full of sinners and those deceived by the world’s wolves in sheep’s clothing. Tomorrow I will be visiting the Silent Hill mission and on Sunday night preaching at Warsop.

Please pray for our tent of meeting in this Jamaican wilderness that God will immensely save.  God Bless Brother Rick.

JAMAICA Revival Update
Wednesday night Salvation

On Saturday November 24 the heavens were moon bright as the lesser light ruled the night in full bloom above the porch where I was sitting. I was meditating on the morrow (the Lord’s Day).

Silent Hill was our first mission to come out of Craighead.  Aaron Winston Bent is the preacher at Silent Hill and it was a thrill for me and Brother Dwen attending services where to my surprise, 17 were in attendance.

This year Silent Hill mission lost two of its members to prostate cancer; Joshua Young, otherwise known as Brother Sonny, and our song leader Brother Smichael; an exconvict with a salvation experience out of this world. The Bapty is a Jamaican spring like Aenon (the place west of the Jordan , where John the Baptist baptized because much water was there). Brother Smichael, in a lively (sort of way) the Sunday several years ago ran ahead of the church members in the bush. His verbal broadcast of being baptized ricocheted over the mountainsides, hollering out “mi baptized today” unto the yam farmers working there. He was one happy man that Sunday afternoon.

Revival began with good attendance on Monday, November 26 and on Tuesday night a weary worn Jamaican tumbled inside with his trusty banjo and begged me to let him play for us.  I replied to him here we make melody in our hearts unto the Lord.  Then I remembered the Psalm 92:3 (song) written “Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. So this gentle Jamaican soul sat down beside the keyboard and strummed with his thumb, quiet and very slow, making melody in his heart unto the Lord.

On Wednesday night the crowd was down but that did not stop the Holy Spirit from falling around us. Vinton, a thirty something Jamaican, fell on the ground broken hearted and praying.  Unlike most Jamaicans deceived on this Caribbean coast that stand waiting for the preacher to say a little sinners prayer, Vinton bowed and called on the name of the Lord and after a good while seeking rose with a smile sharing how the Lord saved him.  On Thursday Sister Jewel invited a gentleman friend who begged the church to pray for him for he was confused. Another young lady who attended our open air services asked for prayer acknowledging she was lost.

On Monday, the second week of the revival, Dr Mike and John Porter will be with us. The two missions will gather at Craighead on Sunday morning to have a special altar of prayer uniting our hearts together to pray for the revival.

Yours in Christ Elder Rick Jones

A Jamaican Revival Update

The second week of revival our crowd was down; few came around due to the unseasonably cold winds.   But the service was good and two fell on the altar. One young man who humbled himself, as far as I know, has not expressed that God has saved his lost soul.  One reminded me of Lydia whose heart the Lord had opened.  And like Josiah, his heart was tender in the midst of a Jamaican winter.

Sister Gwendolyn (from the Warsop mission) bowed her head quietly in prayer for her husband who was with her in services last night.  He has sought in the altar for two years during revival, but had quit coming to our services lately. I have such a burden for him and pray he will submit and declare to God his sin.  His wife travails hard for her companion and it just makes your heart burn; yearning for him to be saved.

The tent watchman, (a local resident) lost his home during this revival. The shanty block house just fell down the hill.  He was so sad, but glad, he was under the tent for he may not have survived the landslide.

Tonight the footballers (soccer players) from the community are supposed to be in our services. It is their playfield we are using for the tent meeting.  I am looking forward to the blessing we’ll have to preach to them.

I liken Dr. Mike Collins to mine and Paul Bryson’s modern-day Luke, the compassionate physician, on a medical mission. He and Brother John Porter had a safe trip and today are treating the poor at New Vision Children’s Home.  On Saturday he will do house calls with the shut-ins and plans to visit the missions on Sunday.

Craighead’s mission in southeast Kansas (like the first church in Jerusalem ) is made of many family members.  This past Sunday they had 26 present; 15 were kids age 11 and under.  They are all kin to Lynn &amp; me.  Please pray for the church and her three missions; two in Jamaica and one in the US .

I will be coming home early for Christmas.   I will be seeing a specialist and having an MRI on the cervical area where I have possible bad vertebrae due to the road conditions here.   They will also be treating a broken fusion in my lower back.  I have put off these issues for a long time so I ask for your prayers.   I pray you all have a Merry Christmas &amp; wonderfully blessed New Year.  God bless – Elder Rick Jones

Jamaica Revival Closes Dec 8

“Ever-tin-ire” in Jamaica means no matter the outcome, everything is cool.

The revival closed with one soul saved while others came seeking during the tent meeting.  The townclerk commended us for our revival work and invited the church back to Thompson Town for a revival in the summer when fairer weather prevails.

Bro Mike Collins, MD desires no glory or fame; however the Lord has made his name a household word in the community around the church.  He climbed the foothills above the church to make house calls, closing with devotion &amp; prayer at each one.  He will return the third week of March.  Anyone wishing to come on a medical mission trip can get in touch with him.

Rising above Montego Bay on a clear sunny day, climbing 30,000 feet the view out my window seat was inspirational.  The cumulus clouds below looked like cotton fields white as snow reminding me when the Lord comes again in the clouds, He’ll bring His angels with Him, ending this world of sin.

“Runny belly” in Jamaica can be a fierce attack on the tummy far worse than our diarrhea.  On this trip it showed me no mercy.

Brethren Steve Collins &amp; Patrick Campbell were the two who announced their call this year and this was their first tent meeting.  The Lord blessed them.  Please continue to pray for these brethren.

I will be returning to Jamaica mid-January.  Revivals this year will be inspired by Matthew 10:11 “And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.”  The last two weeks of January, the Nashville brethren will be coming and we will hold a tent meeting in the town of Troy , not far from the Warsop mission.  There will be day services included at Craighead.  Before I return I will have medical testing done on a possible vertebrae and spurs on the spine.

In March when Dr Mike &amp; his team return to Jamaica , we’ll be in a tent meeting above the Silent Hill mission in what is known as upper Silent Hill.  In late summer we will return to Thompson Town for an additional tent meeting there.  In early summer, in the US we will be in a brush arbor-type meeting in the town of Mound City, nearby the KS mission.  We are asking for your prayers in these mission efforts.  Any brother that feels led to help in these meetings – by all means, follow the Lord.  Jamaica is still white &amp; ready and the harvest waiting to be reaped.

Several Christmas seasons I have spent away from home and alone in Jamaica .  This Christmas day my home will be filled with my children &amp; every grandchild.  Hunter, who I call “Huntin boy” when I arrived home he embraced me &amp; said “Poppy I’m so happy that you’ll be home for Christmas.”  I could have cried but instead I thank the Lord but must confess even when I leave Jamaica I bring Jamaica home with me.  How can someone be burdened by the Lord just forget people that He places both souls &amp; faces on the heart of the missionary?  I can thank Dr Mike Collins who prayed the Elijah prayer that led me to Jamaica .

As always, I thank all of you for your prayers &amp; support.  May this Christmas season bring to you joy and happiness &amp; a prosperous New Year.  Until next year – this is your missionary – Eld Rick Jones

A Special Jamaica Update

I’m very blessed as a Missionary (somewhat non-traditionally, but still Scripturally) sent out by the Antioch of Jamaica for the work whereunto the Lord called me (even in the US) under the authority of a foreign church you all helped plant in the West Indies.  I am also blessed to give to the poor thru Dr Mike Collins &amp; his medical team.  Not only have I responsibilities in two missions in Jamaica , revival work in other cities and towns surrounding the island, but also responsible to them for their mission back in the US in southeast Kansas ; 150 miles from my home in Missouri .

So it is with humility and prayer that I share with you an e-mail I received this morning (Dec 28, 2007) from Brother Sheldon Peart, one of my young members from Craighead in Jamaica .

“Brother Rickey,  You have been committed to Jamaica’s people for so long and over the years many souls have been saved, many have been motivated, many have been living through your hands.

We have kept you away from your family so many times. I hope that you, Sister Lynda and the rest of your family have the best blessed festive season, and a happy new year. Take care Bro Ricky [from; TAX]

I was so touched, so much so that I went to God in prayer asking the Lord to forgive me for my complaining lately.

Let me share with you the memory I have of Brother Sheldon and his change from nature to Grace.  The mission (now Craighead church) was underway and the lot was bought and the foundation of the church had begun. Brother Dwen was concerned about his little brother who was recently baptized into the family church for he knew he had been deceived. This was also during a time I was invited to other communities to preach and would eagerly go wherever a door of utterance was opened to me.

I was invited one night by a young man at Pike School to come and preach at his church. En route to this Jamaican place of worship, I had about twenty mission attendees on the back of the light truck; both young and old. As we came around the curve in Meir Head community where Sheldon lived with his mother, he runs and jumps on the back of the van (as it is called in Jamaica .)

The young man who invited me was intelligent and was a student teacher at Pike and I had a burden for him to hear the truth as I felt he, as so many I encountered, was deceived. The Lord blessed me in that community church to preach to the lost. While so moved in power and Spirit I saw the change come from innocence to conviction in the face of Sheldon.  I told brother Dwen what had happened and how I felt and told him “we need to pray for your little brother, he is lost.”

One day while Sheldon was helping on the church construction he sat eating his lunch and I saw from a distance Dwen went over to talk to him. I was asked to come by a motion of the hand and Dwen was standing crying (as was Sheldon) and Sheldon told me he was lost.

It so happened we had the tent up and were in revival.  I told Sheldon salvation is between you and the Lord when you feel the need to steal away and pray then do so. A few days later Sheldon came running to me and Brother Dwen before the revival and shared how the Lord saved him in his bedroom. I believe if I had wings I would have flown like the buzzard John Crow flies. His mother was furious and refused to let him join the church.  But after much prayer the Lord mellowed her heart and about a year later Sheldon begged her to let him join. I cannot tell what a blessing it was for me and Brother Dwen to see his brother baptized.

Brother Sheldon is now the church clerk.  He taught himself to play the keyboard, went away to Kingston for two years and is back now teaching at Troy High School and I cannot tell you what a blessing he has become. Isn’t it awesome what God and you all have done in planting this church in Jamaica ?

By the way I have enjoyed my visit home with the family for the first Christmas in a long time.

The mission in Kansas has been hindered having services due to the heavy snows but we are looking forward to the services in the coming weeks before my return to Jamaica in mid-January.

I have been having a lot of troubles with my spine this year, was misdiagnosed having internal shingles but after some tests recently the orthopedic specialist has determined I have something called Ankylosing  Spondylitis (also called Rheumatoid spondylitis) affecting the thoracic and low back. I’m told it is incurable and will progressively get worse but this verse of inscription inspires me to keep on working for the Lord “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

I cherish your prayers as I’m moved in soul and Spirit to continue my responsibilities to Jamaica and her missions both on the island and in the US .

God Bless Brother Rick Jone

JAMAICA UPDATE
YOU PRAY AND GOD DELIVERS

After a three-year absence my lovely wife Lynn is with me once again in Jamaica.  I am happy to report you prayed and God delivered.  The members were thrilled to see her; others met her for the first time. She will be teaching the sisters this coming week on how to crochet for them to create items to sale in the marketplace.

Please remember our effort meeting starting this weekend as we are praying revival breaks-out, resulting in lost souls being saved. The Lord made disciples and I baptized them here in Jamaica and now the Nashville Brethren are again coming to help me “preach and teach them to observe the things Christ commanded, as handed down through the Holy Scriptures.”

Brother Bryson recently sent the church a letter updating the crisis in Kenya affecting our brothers and sisters there. The church was very touched as crime is so rampant in Jamaica.  The innocence is shot down in the crossfire of tribal-like warfare in the inner city.  Brother Bryson’s passionate letter brought back memories of civil unrest here in Jamaica in 1999.

The turmoil shut Jamaica down; every small town was road blocked, food was scarce for days. Gas prices had soared sparking the uproar.  Many blamed the present party in power and the act inflamed the opposition party supporters. Out of every corner the bandits, and the unruly crowd was allowed to wreck havoc on the meek.  The American Embassy had warned its citizens to either leave or stay inside their homes. However, I felt in my heart I needed to get Linda off the island. Bro. Dwen and I departed for Mo-Bay to take her to the airport. It was dangerous but I felt it was necessary, a time for continuous heart-rending prayer sitting in the passenger seat while Dwen was forced to drive up the rugged hillsides (donkey trails) known only by the locals.  From town to town he was able to find someone kind enough to point out these treacherous back roads out to us.  Aware of the anger ranging on the main thoroughfares, I did not know which was worse – stay on the main road or face the terror of the back country roads where the truck might veer off the mountainside.  I believe these country folks were earthly angels your prayers had sent to prosper our way.  By the grace of God, our journey was successful.  I was glad and yet sad, sending my wife home alone.

Our return to Mandeville up the mountains was met with much opposition as my lighter complexion seems to stand-out and excite the protesters, as if I had something to do with their plight.  Dwen and I dodged rocks and other blunt objects hurled at us. The greatest danger came at night during the revival already in progress. At that time I lived twenty miles away from Craighead. One night, I just knew I was going to be a dead man.  The trip home from revival I refused to pay our way through the roadblocks, but at every stop someone among the mob robbed the bandits from harming us shouting “Yo! This is Pastor Jones let him go.”  However, above Christiana where I was unknown Dwen and I had gotten out of the truck to clear the burning debris so we could see to drive through the roadblock. Suddenly, out of the darkness the bullets flew, and we hurried back to the truck, assuming the bullets would spray toward our truck any minute. Again, (your prayers) sent earthly angels in the form of the Jamaica Defense Force and the mobsters scattered. We walked behind the soldiers with machine guns in hand and we made a clearing through the roadblock and did not look back until we reached home.   The revival was forced to close.

I share this past experience as I am living testimony that you pray and God delivers.  In the midst of the evil creating the upheaval in Kenya, I know Brother Tom will have similar experiences to say how “you prayed and God delivered him in Kenya.”

Thank you for remembering the Missionary on the foreign field.

His and your humble unworthy servant on the foreign mission field, Brother Rick Jones