Jackie Carson (pictured right with resident Sandy) traveled to Mustard Seed Communities Jamaica in May for her first MSC mission trip through Gwynedd Mercy University. She was a part of a team of nurses and social workers from Gwynedd who spent the week training the caregivers, assisting the residents, and sharing their skills and talents with Mustard Seed. It was Gwynedd’s first trip to Mustard Seed and we are so excited to welcome them back next year. Learn more about Jackie’s experience below.
Where did you stay on your mission trip?
What made you decide to do a mission trip with Mustard Seed Communities?
It has been my passion to do mission work for a long time. I am passionate about helping others and sharing God's love with the world. Everyone deserves love and respect. When my Nursing Professors told my class about this trip, I did not hesitate to be a part of the team.
*Mission teams participate in activities with residents such as painting nails, cooking, and sports activities.
As you reflect on your mission trip, please share about a moment with a resident that was very meaningful to you.
I connected with a resident named Sandy. It seemed that we bonded instantly. I met her officially when our group was giving mani's and pedi's to the residents. I found out while doing her nails that her favorite color is pink and that we are only seven days apart in age. We both thought that was cool. Later on in the week, she opened up to me about her past and I gave her a lot of encouragement to focus on the positive things, that she is now safe, loved and cared for and that God put her on this earth for a purpose. Sandy is a beautiful person inside and out. The last night there, when we were saying our goodbyes – we were both crying. I hugged her and told her it isn't goodbye – it's see you lata! That brought a smile to both of us knowing someday soon we will see each other again.
Gwynedd Mercy University Nursing Team pictured above
What are some ways you hope to carry this mission trip with you?
I carry my experience with me everyday. Returning back home, I had a reverse culture shock. However, it was for the best. I returned more humble and grateful for the things that we often take for granted. I share my experience with anyone who is willing to listen. It was such a life changing moment. I tell everyone that I went to Jacob’s Ladder to help, but in turn, the residents helped me see what God's love really is all about. I plan on making Jacob's Ladder my forever "mission". I am looking into fundraising and starting my own group to return in the near future. This trip was an eye opening experience that I will cherish forever. A part of my heart was left at Jacob’s Ladder.