Mission Trip

Last year, I had an opportunity to use the skills that God has given me to help build a school resource building for the children in the small town of Bohemia, St. Ann, Jamaica.

It was an amazing experience. I am not sure who it impacted more, the children or myself. So much happened during that week but there are two stories I would like to share.

I was done building whatever we were doing that day and I finally had a chance to sit down and take pictures of all the kids and the other members of our mission. When this little guy came over and just climbed up in my lap. He didn't say anything for 5 minutes, he just sat there observing everyone with me. He finally asked what I was doing. I explained I was just taking pictures. At that same time, his sister came over and asked the same question. She never used a camera before and asked if she could take pictures too. I handed over my camera and the very first memory she ever captured was what you see in the below picture.

The second story is about a group of boys who were playing soccer (I mean Futbol) in the dirt streets. Naturally I had to go over and play with them. Over the course of the week, they got to know me as the soccer guy. There was an 11 year old boy that was very polite but also very shy. He was older than the other boys but didn't seem like he had a lot of confidence. They were all playing in beat up shoes or sandals and some with no shoes at all. We held a big community picnic for the kids and handed out sandwiches/clothes/shoes/stuffed animals and other everyday essentials. I found that group of boys and asked the 11 yr old boy if he ever owned a pair of cleats. From his expression, you could tell he probably never even saw a pair of cleats. So at that moment, I reached in my bag and pulled out an old pair of cleats that I brought. His face just lit up. It didn't matter that they were still a little too big for him because the last day we were there, I, again, ran into the boys in the street playing soccer and he was wearing his new pair of cleats and socks. As I mentioned, he was very shy but I convinced him to let me get a picture of him striking a pose. 

I have the opportunity to go back again this year to build a new house for a family that desperately needs it as well as create new stories and to impact the lives of those that don't have the opportunties that we do.

The funds will be used to pay for all of my expenses (flights, housing, meals, and transportation). I'm also hoping to be able to bring smaller size cleats to hand out to the other children. Without your suppost last year, none of that would have happened so I am again asking for your help. This year's trip has been changed to July 5th to July 12th. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you have any cleats you would like to donate. To see more pictures from last year's trip, click on my video:


Thank you and God bless you.

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Charles Cipolla 
Spencerport, NY

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