MYST 77 Trevitorial: Breaking Your Comfort Zone

I’ve never been on a mission trip of any sort. Here I am leading 10 nursing students to Hagley Gap, St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica on a service learning experience where we walked the hills–mountains–and provided cares to villagers unable to walk to the clinic. I averaged 7 miles a day (16-20K steps) and since my Fitbit records elevation changes, I also know that I climbed the equivalent of 150-200 flights of stairs a day. On my bad knees.

Bathing in the river (mountain rivers are very chilly) every afternoon helped my knees!

This trip was through the Blue Mountain Project, based here in Wisconsin. Please check out their site, and if possible, help them if you can. They are a very small non-profit organization, and as in all such groups, always need more funding, volunteers and supplies. Serving as a volunteer with BMP can be as short as one week and has reasonable fees ($99/night) and will likely change your perspective as much as it changed mine. I cannot wait to return.

My wife and I plan to return in the summer 2016, after my knees fully heal. I cannot believe how much this trip changed me. When was the last time you challenged yourself and broke through your comfort zone?

Arrival in Kingston, with my two students Michelle and Mandy

Michelle, Me and Mandy, Arrival In Kingston

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Me, at the River

One Room Schoolhouse with Dividers

One Room Schoolhouse

How To Peel Sugar Cane

How To Peel Sugar Cane

Another Home

A local home

Children Need to Share Pencils

Students in this school must share pencils

Me and A Local Rastafarian

A Local Rastafarian and Me

Mandy Interviews Mr. Alphonse

Mandy Interviews Mr. Alphonse

Pea Soup with a Chicken Foot

Pea Soup with a Chicken Foot

One of the Local Children

A Local Child and his Coconut

Potato, Dumpling, Broad Beans, and Cow Skin

Potato, Dumpling, Broad Beans, and Cow Skin

Some of the Homes

Homes Across the River

Goats Were Everywhere

Photo Bombed By a Goat

Hibiscus, Blue Mountain Background

Hibiscus, Blue Mountain Background

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

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