Top 10 Reason to go to Jamaica with Pastor Gary

posted Aug 1, 2016, 1:22 PM by Melissa Navratil   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 5:01 AM ]
by Anna Navratil

  1. You will get to know him by many names, one of the most prevalent being “Gary the Fibber” (“We’re only working until 3 - which turns out to be later...”, “We’re getting ice cream after work - oh wait, let’s buy more buckets instead...”)  Click here to see why we needed buckets.
  2. He’s been there so many times that he knows the host family, the work teams and the driver very well and you feel safe.
  3. He will ask you to keep a journal, and even though you think it may be pointless, you will end up being thankful when your parents want a play by play of every single second of the trip.
  4. You will get to know him on another level, one that allows you to blame “Grandpa Gary” for not letting you buy things from very persistent shop owners.
  5. He will run ahead in the airport to make sure you don’t miss your flight back home, even if it means injuring himself in the process.
  6. He will help you further explore your faith through studies of passages and relating them to your own life and experiences, and by providing you with steps to unleashing compassion... while moths and other various insects attack you thanks to the fluorescent light above the outdoor meeting place.
  7. He will work for a while, then leave to “supervise” and take pictures, but eventually he always comes back (and you do get some good pictures out of it).
  8. You will get very close with your mission team... since Pastor Gary kicks everyone off the wifi for hours to upload posts to the OC Ministries Jamaica Facebook page.
  9. He will make sure you have rides to everywhere you need to go (even if he wakes up in the middle of the night on the last day remembering he forgot to get a bus to the airport)... eventually.
  10. Through everything, you’ll know that you can blindly follow him because he is experienced, trustworthy and caring, and you know that you’ll always end up right where you’re supposed to be.