“Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, So I send you.  John 20:21″

A Vacation With A Purpose

M ission Jamaica (MJ) is a short-term “vacation with a purpose” mission experience which began at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. In 1990, Senior Pastor Roger Eigenfeld felt the call to develop an international mission program and through contacts in Jamaica found an opportunity. The first mission group went to Hope Valley Experimental School in Kingston, Jamaica with 19 missionaries.

Since that time, over 35 other Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations and several colleges from Minnesota as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois have partnered with St. Andrew’s in this mission field. Participants continue to serve at Hope Valley and new sites have been developed and nurtured on the island. MJ also works with a program similar to Habitat for Humanity at various sites throughout Jamaica.


Please register online for the 2019 Mission Jamaica season. You will need to have your insurance and passport information handy. If your passport is pending, please enter “pending” in the appropriate field. Please note that everyone will need to have a separate registration, although you are able to register for multiple weeks at one time. You may register as “GUEST” instead of creating a log in. Not sure which trip/week your church is going?   2019 Trip Schedule



Wha Gwan in Jamaica

  • Sign up for the 2019 Mission Jamaica season and help us celebrate 30 years in partnership with our friends in Jamaica. See what we are all about!

    Jeff Peterson
    Jeff Peterson
Why should I join?

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31 Mission Jamaica provides a way for us to love and serve our neighbor as Jesus taught us through his love and service to others. The Mission Jamaica trip combines a service project with time for reflection and spiritual rest. It allows a person to experience an international mission field that is close to home, yet far enough away to immerse into another culture for a week.

Where do we go?

There are a variety of sites in both Kingston and Montego Bay areas.  Click the colored buttons below to learn more about the Mission Jamaica sites.

How is faith involved?

Large and small group devotions and worship will occur at the beginning and end of each day. They will include opportunities for discussing and reflecting on our experiences in Jamaica. They will also include the faith celebrations and challenges that we discover living as an intentional Christian community there.

How much does this cost?

Sign up by September 30 for the upcoming Mission Jamaica Trips. A non-refundable deposit of $150/person is required by October 1st or you may lose your spot! A $550/person deposit is due 90 days prior to travel followed by the final balance/person due 60 days prior to travel. Mission trip prices are based on the value of the dollar and the cost of airfare. Prices are subject to change without notice.

What about cultural realities?

People are friendly, English is the national language (with dialect adjustment), poverty is real and evident, whites are a minority race, safety concerns are similar to those in a large US metropolitan center.

St. Andrews Teams Information

Click here to get your St. Andrew’s Team Information

Jamaican Excursions
Mission Jamaica Legacy Endowment Fund

Trip Notes from Jamaica

Photo Gallery


Mission Jamaica is an outreach ministry of St. Andrew’s Church in Mahtomedi, MN

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