"Loving those who have nobody else to love them"
Hi everyone! It seems as if time has literally flown by but here is another update for you all. I am in Ochio Rios for my last part of the journey here in Jamaica I arrived safely yesterday. I am trying to rest up though as I am recovering from the flu. I look forward to all that Ochio Rios has to offer and all that I get to offer to the church circuit and the community.
Although I am sad to have left Kingston, I have left with everyone in my heart and I am grateful for all the love I was able to give and receive. Here are some of the highlights of my time so far:
Assisting with the disabilities class at YMCA (Young Men Christian Association) really helped me to know that the work I do back home Is not only important but valuable!!! Its also something I truly am passionate about and called to do. Also a visit to Jacob's Well (a home for Jamaica's most vulnerable women... All with some disability whether physical or mental or both.) This was a very moving and enlightening experience; it really cemented for me, what I really understand being a Christian to be about. It is about serving and blessing those who have been rejected. Loving those who have nobody else to love them. Now of course there is more to Christianity, but this is the one thing I can say makes full sense to me. It is something I feel deep inside, and something that I was given a heart for.
Overall though I have had a wealth of experiences and been to various places uptown, dowtown... Seen the rich the poor, the Beautiful and the not so attractive. I have also experienced Jamaica's social side and seen that they have so much talent!!!!! As a woman of Jamaican Heritage I knew this already but to experience it first hand was truly a beautiful thing!! we are intelligent!! we are vibrant!! We are gifted!! We are fearfully and wonderfully made!! I have always and will always be proud to be Jamaican!! So to conclude, I challenge you to explore your identity/heritage and see what it can teach you. If possible go to that country or seek raw and authentic links to your identity/heritage. Although like anywhere, Jamaica isn't perfect... I am grateful to have experienced it for myself because the image they paint in the media and in general is nothing like the real thing. I also encourage you to embrace somebody else and their identity/heritage. We are all one in Christ let us share and love eachother for our differences, similarities, perfections and flaws.
So until next time, Peace and Love, Dion-Marie White xx
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