The two joined sixty joyful folks lovingly organized by Won by One to Jamaica, a hands-on mission group who has been helping the Jamaican people for over twenty years.
After traveling three hours up the mountainous trail, Rusty and Walker befriended a tall thin Jamaica named Jerry who ran up an orange tree and threw down fresh fruit. Jerry borrowed his aunt’s knife who was sitting on a bucket cutting yams. The knife spiraled the fruit into bite size treasures causing Walker to remark, “Oh my gosh, this is good!” Jerry’s bright white smile about split his face in two. This was the beginning of the fruit-of-the-day club.
Later that night he brought his younger brothers to the Harmony House, where the Americans were staying. Here Rusty purchased ice cream for the boys from “Creamy” who uses his income to send his daughters to school.
The next morning Jerry was patiently waiting with two green coconuts to quench the crew’s thirst while building two green houses. These structures will be used by the locals to grow vegetables without the destruction of heavy rains.
He expertly macheted the nut, whacking off the outer husk, clipped a nib off the end, and handed it to Walker who kindly repeated his enthusiasm and faithfully continued carrying maul (heavy limestone) up the hill to the construction site.
Rusty bartered a trail mix of raisins and peanuts for the refreshment and gladly provided more when bulging bags of grapefruit from Jerry’s buddy, Garnet, arrived after a long hot sweaty day of building two regular houses for Jamaican residents.
Walker loves grapefruit, even the bitter kind, but this fruit was bursting with sweetness serving the group with many nutritious breakfasts and snacks. His spiritual level was overflowing as well, especially, when visiting with the infirmary.
This is where the sick that have no family are hospitalized. There Walker sang Amazing Grace, read scripture, and prayed with these smiling, destitute invalids. He even made sure Gavin, a prisoner who had his Bible stolen, was awarded a new one.
More trips into the mountainous jungle offered our weary workers papaya and bananas plus many more opportunities to share God’s love with such warm and genuine people.
Walker was touched by the generosity and the love of his new friends. He found true peace and happiness in people who are the poorest in material things. He discovered that hard work can be really rewarding. He felt blessed by his wealth in God’s love.
Even after eighteen hours in the air and airports our little boy never lost his self-control as he stepped into manhood. The fruit of the spirit was flowing super sweet and extra juicy this past week. Thank you to all who helped share God’s fruit.