Jamaica Medical Mission
The Jamaica Medical Mission is an annual humanitarian mission to Port Maria, Jamaica, and surrounding communities, which has been in existence for 29 years. In 2010 St. James Episcopal Church became the host church for the mission.
Sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church, we are a group of volunteers who travel to Jamaica, in the West Indies, to provide health care, free of charge, to the impoverished in Port Maria and the surrounding communities. We strive to achieve and maintain a strong Christian relationship with our host church, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, as we fellowship and serve in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Being a mission of the church, the driving force is Matthew 25:35-36:
…”for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me”…
We accept both professional health care and non-health care volunteers. All volunteers must be the right match for this type of work, and work well with others in less than ideal conditions. Health care professionals must have an up-to-date and valid license in their various fields of health care.
Providing this humanitarian service is uplifting and volunteers return home touched in unimaginable ways.
Volunteers pay their own way.
All donated funds are restricted for mission purposes only.
This Mission has been in operation for 29 consecutive years.
The yearly average number of people seen is 1,800.
The 29th Annual Medical Mission
The 29th Annual Medical Mission to St. Mary’s Parish Church, Port Maria, Jamaica, took place from February 16th to February 23, 2019. There were 47 volunteers on this mission trip, including many members of St. James and other residents of the Leesburg area.
1,301 patients were seen and treated over four active clinic days, and 1,358 prescriptions were filled for 586 patients. The shipment to Jamaica for this mission consisted of 64 boxes containing over-the-counter medications and supplies, one auto refractometer for the eye clinic, and children’s dresses and shorts.
Specific services provided were for dental care, pediatric care, eye care, GYN care, and pharmacy needs.
Reports from St. James members confirmed that the people of Jamaica continue to be very appreciative for this annual service to those who would otherwise have no medical care throughout the year, and also that those who participated received an ever greater blessing in being part of a unified mission team whose sole goal was service. Each day started with prayer and a worship service. A special service, which was held on the day before the providing of medical care began, was a special blessing.
Each fall the parish of St. James sponsors a fundraising event called the “Taste of St. James” which showcases the talented chefs of the parish, and gives community members the opportunity to support this worthy project. St. James members generously support the Mission with donations for medical supplies and other needs.
The 30th Annual Medical Mission for 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, through Saturday, February 1.