WHAT WE DO

OUR

Mission and Vision Statements


To show the love of Jesus Christ by providing opportunities through education, empowerment, discipleship and economic development for Jamaican and American lives to be transformed


Mission

To inspire a vibrant Harmons Valley where Jamaicans and Americans pursue God’s transformational hope together

 

 


Vision

 We feel blessed to take part in the work God is already doing in Harmons. Our ministry is about building relationships - with fellow team members, with Jamaicans, and with the Lord - and we strive to offer opportunities that allow each of those relationships to be fostered. Below are some of the serving opportunities you may take part in during your mission week as well as some of the year-round efforts by WBOTJ.


Foundation/House Construction

 

Each mission group is literally building on the foundation of teams who have come before them by building a house on top of foundations already completed. Nearly fifty 12x15 houses are built each year.

 

School Visits/Reading Program


WBOTJ has intentionally partnered with schools in the community to help address the issue of illiteracy by starting a one-on-one reading program called Reading Pals. In addition, team members may get to visit a local school to teach special classes like art, music, or PE. Each of these lessons incorporates a Gospel message.

Faith Walks

 

Team members are led by a Jamaican staff member and go out into the community to intentionally meet and visit with people they might not 
otherwise see. Through conversation, prayer, and encouragement, this time in the community allows relationships to grow and people to feel God’s love. 

Clarendon Infirmary Outreach


All of our volunteers visit an infirmary in a neighboring Parish where we get to encourage and love on the residents who rarely have visitors outside of our teams. The infirmary is a public facility that cares for mentally and physically challenged people and those who have no one else to meet their basic needs. WBOTJ also employs a full- time nurse there, Wendy, who focuses on physical therapy and creative programs for the residents.




Economic Development

 

Volunteers have the opportunity to help with 2 of our full-time employment initiatives, Blessings in Store and the greenhouse. Blessings in Store, Harmons’ very own thrift store, is run by 4 full-time Jamaican employees and received its own building in 2017. All of the donations brought to Jamaica are sorted here and sold to the community at affordable prices. The greenhouses, which are run completely by Jamaicans, produce hundreds of pounds of vegetables each week which are sold to local brokers.

Grace Community Fellowship

 

Pastor Clinton O’Connor leads Sunday worship at GCF. Out of this church, children’s and youth ministry programs have grown into weekly meetings led by WBOTJ staff. Men’s and women’s small groups also regularly meet to encourage each other, discuss Scripture, and learn more about living life with Christ. Although there are many places for Harmons residents to attend church, we hope that GCF will become a place for the community to worship together and explore the true, biblical claims of Christ.