Family Missions Part 3 – St. Croix

August 10, 2015


Every evening for the past several months, I would put the kids to bed and cozy up with my chromebook and start searching. I researched places around the entire world. Looked at everything from medical missions in Africa to hockey camps for Jesus in Russia. I sent emails galore and received few responses.

Then, I finally came across something that seemed promising. A program through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) called Mission Builders International. They recruit short-term volunteers and match them with global ministry opportunities within Youth With A Mission. Mission Builder volunteers “lift up the arms” of frontline missionaries  through practical, hands-on service.

This sounded absolutely perfect!!!

After discovering Mission Builders, my routine changed a bit. I would find myself looking at all of the YWAM bases throughout the world searching for one that could use our help and was willing and able to take kids too.

In my search, I came across the website for the YWAM St. Croix base and read the following:

“We get it! We have five families on base and ten kids under the age of eleven. We understand the unique situations that families face, but we also see the unique gift that it can be to your family! One of the greatest things that you can do for your child is to expose them to another culture while they are learning more about God and how to serve others! It helps to change/form worldviews that are priceless! Kids learn by doing, and short-term missions is a way to teach them about serving, loving others, and Gods heart for the nations in a way that your kids will never forget. It is also a great opportunity to bond as a family as you work together without all the distractions that you face at home. This is also a good first time opportunity as we are a US Territory. If you are willing to take a “leap of faith,” we are willing to help you discover missions with your family!”

On May 15th, I sent them an email to double-check that they allow REALLY little kids (a lot of ministries have a minimum age of 6 or older) and what the cost would be to stay for two weeks. And unlike many of the other places I had contacted in the past, someone sent me answers the very next day!

After months of praying and preliminary planning (time off from work, finances, etc), we purchased 4 plane tickets to St. Croix last week! I am beyond excited and so incredibly nervous all at the same time. We will be going in February 2016!

Part of me is hesitant to publish these posts. My pride keeps telling me I should wait until after everything is completely said and done before telling what we’re doing. That way, if the entire trip is a horrendous disaster, nobody would be the wiser! I want to be honest and transparent about what’s happening though. Life is hard and often messy. Being a Christian does not mean living a perfect storybook life. It means trying your best to live this life making a difference for eternity.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.


9 thoughts on “Family Missions Part 3 – St. Croix

    • Wow! Love hearing the exciting beginnings of your mission-building adventure! We’re cheering you on here at MBI. Would it be possible for us to use parts of your story to help others see the possibilities?


  1. Hey Jayme! Becky here from Mission Builders again. I am prepping one of our blog posts in which we’ll feature yours as a guest blog (if this is still okay with you). I could snag and use your family photo from your site, if you don’t mind, or find something generic if you do. Let me know what you think. Every time I read your blog, it makes me smile (and I like your home school set up and adventures–I home schooled my kids off and on, especially when we traveled in missions). Blessings!


    • You are welcome to use any pictures you want to! Thank you so much for your sweet words. It’s always nice to hear someone enjoying reading about our adventures 🙂 Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you!


      • Ah Jayme! I forgot to ask if you would want your last name to be mentioned or just initialed on our blog page and, of course, besides your wishes, I would need to know your last name 🙂 Silly me! And perhaps, if you would like to bless others with “the rest of the story,” we could also borrow your post-St. Croix blog in the future so our readers could hear how your little family did on its first mission adventure. Thanks! Love your blog, btw.


  2. Hi Jayme (and family!), I’ve spent the last little while reading your blog posts about serving in St. Croix. I must say I was especially blessed by your posts about praying, fasting, and researching about where God might want to use your family on a missions trip. I admire your courage and your desire for your family to be involved in missions! Children certainly can have a great impact for God’s Kingdom. Karina’s little guys, David, 6 1/2, and Johnathan, 4 1/2 have a powerful prayer ministry (including praying for Muslims every time they hear the call to prayer) and definitely understand how others need Jesus. Blessings on you and I look forward to reading more! 🙂


    • Thanks Ruthie! We have been so blessed with getting to go on this adventure and I love how the internet provides us with so much opportunity to share with others!


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