This was my first mission trip. I accepted Christ only about a year ago. God did miraculous things to provide the funding for this trip, so I knew God wanted me there for some reason. I just wasn’t sure why.
When we started work, for the first couple of days, I was really struggling. It was hot outside, sometimes there was no wind, and the work we were doing was physically exhausting.
We were working side by side with native Jamaicans who were showing us how to do what we were supposed to. One was named Ganga—a really goofy guy who had such a strong relationship with God. When we were working together, he would be using the pick ax and working circles around us for the full day, all while singing worship songs simply praising God.
When I got the chance to see this, it motivated me to let God into the physical work we were doing. We would be hauling crushed limestone up a mountain, and yet once Ganga showed me how to let God into the workforce, there was no pessimism with me. It even made me work harder. And even though I was all sweaty with sore muscles at the end of the day, I would just turn back and thank God for blessing the group.
Kenny Chadwell, a student at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, served in Jamaica with Go Now Missions.