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Jamaica Journals 2002

Jamaica 2002 Summer Missions Trip

By William T. Griffin, DDS

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Saturday

The Jamaican Dental Team
Our Jamaica Dental Team - Front Row, L to R: Lona, Ang, Kelly, Jen, LaToya, Amber, Kevin, Will and Jessica. 2nd Row: Dr. Jim Carney, Zach, Brian, Shawn, Krista, Heather, Dr. Bill Griffin. 3rd Row: Jessica, Kim, Tyler, Lena, Matt, Jason
My son Will and I arrived in Kingston this afternoon. We were met at the airport by Mrs. Jennifer McDonald, a Jamaican nurse with a deep love for the needy of Jamaica. She works very hard each time a dental team comes to treat her fellow countrymen, making various arrangements for those who come to serve.

Jennifer treated Will and I to a splendid afternoon of souvenir hunting, topped off by some delicious Jamaican ice cream - only 110 dollars per cone! (Jamaican dollars, equal to about $2.50 U.S.) We survived the rocky 60-minute drive up the blue mountains into Mavis Bank, and moved into our comfortable (by Mavis Bank standards) accommodations, Griffin, Carney, MacDonald
Dr. Jim Carney, Jennifer MacDonald, Dr. Bill Griffin
complete with mosquito netting over each bed. We survived the rocky 60-minute drive up the blue mountains into Mavis Bank, and moved into our comfortable (by Mavis Bank standards) accommodations, complete with mosquito netting over each bed.

The dental clinic at which we will be working in Mavis Bank was started by Dr. Jim Carney, with Jennifer McDonald's help, about 8 years ago. Dr. Carney, a long-time member of the Christian Dental Society board of directors and a past CDS President, has offered free treatment to the Jamaican people on 30 missions trips over the past several years.

Next day, Sunday

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