Jamaica (MNN) — Jamaica's prime minister recently reassured islanders saying, "We are going to weather the storm." His comment followed the introduction of an economic stimulus plan to boost small businesses and the tourism industry.
At the end of this month, Global Aid Network (GAiN) will travel to Jamaica on outreach to bring both spiritual and tangible help to impoverished islanders.
GAiN will deliver school supplies to children in schools and orphanages, conduct a vision clinic involving reading glasses for the near-sighted, and give creative presentations to share the Gospel with Jamaicans.
Christianity is numerically strong but spiritually weak on the Caribbean island. By providing for basic needs, believers will have the opportunity to introduce islanders to Jesus.
Global economic downturn resulted in a near collapse of Jamaica's bauxite industry. Bauxite is the chief ore in aluminum, and demand for both has plunged. Prime minister Bruce Golding says the new aid will counter effects of the downturn. The package includes tax cuts and loans, with $6.7 million from Jamaica's development bank to help tourism companies manage cash-flow problems.
GAiN's mission trip will take place from December 27 to January 3 in Jamaica's capital city with members of GAiN's partnering church, Mona Baptist. This church has a strong ministry to the poor in their area and surrounding neighborhoods.
If you'd like to learn more about the trip, visit the GAiN Web site by clicking here.