Mission Jamaica: A vacation with a purpose

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

A 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. Mission Jamaica provides a way for us to love and serve our neighbor as Jesus taught us through his love and service to others. 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

Registration for 2023 Season for Mission Jamaica is LIVE!

Mission Jamaica 2023 teams are now being added to the calendar for January through March 2023!

We have 1-week (Saturday-Saturday) trips planned to serve at JaBode home builds, WestHaven Childrens Home, and Clifton Boys’ Home in the Montego Bay area and 2 weeks planned for our Kingston sites Calalloo Mews Basic School, Hope Valley Experimental School and JaBode home builds.  We plan to offer mobile medical clinics in 2024.

Team leads, small groups, and individuals—Let us know the week(s) you would like to be added so we can provide more specific air and hotel pricing. Approximate one week trip cost is $2300 to $2500 including air, hotel, in country transportation and Mission Jamaica fees. Trip cancellation insurance recommended and available.

Trip A    Jan 7-14, 2023
Trip B    Jan 14-21, 2023
Trip C    Jan 21-28, 2023
Trip D    Jan 28-Feb 4, 2023 Kingston
Trip E    Feb 4-11, 2023
Trip F    Feb 11-18, 2023
Trip G    Feb 18-25, 2023
Trip I     Mar 4-11, 2023 Kingston
Trip J     Mar 11-18, 2023
Trip K    Mar 18-25, 2023

When registering, please prepare to have your passport and health insurance information available.

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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 100 days prior to travel followed by the final balance/person due 85 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
Youth Team Registration

There are not currently any youth trips scheduled.  If you are interested in exploring what it would look like to take a group of young people for this live changing experience, contact Jeff at jeffp@saintandrews.org

*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.


  •   calalloo                         After a long labor of love, this Calalloo Mews family has a new home!  Praise God!

    Jeff Peterson
    Jeff Peterson
  • chickencoop4After four months without layers a batch of 100 new layers came in on Tuesday.  Just two days later we have eggs!  The eggs will provide a much needed supplement to the diets of those at West Haven.  Extra eggs will be sold to Sunset Beach Resort to help pay for feed and wood shavings.  These lovely ladies should continue providing eggs for the next year to year and a half, at which time they will provide continued nutrition as Brown Stuff Chicken and Chicken Foot Soup.

    Jeff Peterson
    Jeff Peterson
  • It is time to sign up for the 2015 Mission Jamaica teams!  If you are already connected with a church partner be sure to follow up with your lead.  If you are new to Mission Jamaica and interested in joining a team or want more information contact Jeff Peterson at jeffp@saintandrews.org .        

    Jeff Peterson
    Jeff Peterson
  • jamaica chicken2       The past year has brought a much needed resource for the children of Westhaven.  Chickens!  In 2013 many of you helped to build the chicken coops, and this past year chickens have successfully been raised and harvested on a monthly basis.  Raising both broilers and layers has been a benefit to Westhaven.  Here you see some of the staff preparing the chickens to be used for meals.  The cost to feed the chickens runs about $300 per month.  A great investment for the 200 pounds of fresh chicken made available each month, but continued support is needed.  If you are able to sponsor this project in one of the upcoming months, please contact me at jeffp@saintandrews.org    

    Jeff Peterson
    Jeff Peterson Jeff Peterson, Mission Jamaica director
  • On the last break of the day, I almost tossed in the shovel to go find something less physical to do... As I sat there trying to convince myself to get up, Kevin, who was one of the boys trying to help, came over and hugged me and kissed me on the cheek oh so tenderly. As the tears welled  up in my eyes and I brought my sore body up from the ground, I found  that I was energized almost fully and began swinging that pick again.

  • To see the looks in their eyes watching you as you feed them is a very touching  feeling. I cannot even begin to express the emotions tied to that... As a mother, the feeling was comparable to the emotions tied to nursing your newborn child. Love is one of the most prominent feelings that I felt at that point in time.

  • As we drive past the cottages the driver begins to explain the purpose of each of the buildings in the orphanage. We unload and as I am standing  there, I spot one of the care givers. She smiles at me and I know right away that she and I will become friends.

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

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