posted August 17th
While in Negril we met the Catholic priest that had helped set up the soup kitchen where we spent time volunteering. He told us that in Falmouth—the next town where we were planning to go—there was a priest from Fiji!! We were quite surprised to hear this, as Fijians are few & far between in this part of the world, but nevertheless the Lord never fails to arrange for us to meet them.
As we didn’t have any other open door in Falmouth, we decided to walk from the bus stop to the Catholic church & meet Father Mundo. He was as delighted as we were to meet ‘fellow Fijians’ & kindly arranged for us to stay at the mission house right next to the church for the 4 days we planned to be there!
It was inspiring to see Father Mundo’s dedication & how he has left everything behind to spread the gospel & strengthen the church in a far away & challenging country. He was also encouraged by our life of faith & told us before leaving that he’d spoken to many people about our unusual way of life as traveling missionaries.
Falmouth was a major port & centre of commerce during the days of the British empire but it looks like it’s been in a state of decay ever since, with sun, rain & hurricanes all taking their toll.
Although the schools in Falmouth were closed for the holidays, we heard that there were 3 summer schools going on, so were able to conduct our drug-awareness program in each one, including one inside a tent, (see above photo).
Father Mundo also told us about the ‘Heart School’–a vocational college that has branches all around Jamaica & that specializes in helping older students & young adults to get qualifications in practical skills. We really enjoyed doing our program there as it was a very ‘live’ audience with plenty of interesting questions!
Next stops: Runaway Bay & Ocho Rios