Setting the example Jesus left for us to follow
We actively engage our youth within the community to provide real life skills and exposure.
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Starting from humble beginnings
We love Jamaica. It’s one of the best places in the world. Generations upon generations have called this land home. Raising their families and watching them excel in all aspects of life.
The country has changed a lot over the years, and the simplicity of island living is often clouded by population growth, politics, crime and struggle. Many returning residents come back to find their home has changed. In some ways, not for the better.
We decided to do something about it. To do our part to bring back the days where people helped people for the sake of everyone’s mutual interest, so that we can all live as we did in simpler times, with community, accountability, respect and the love of God being evident in our day to day lives.
Starting over is never easy. But it's the only option, until your arrive at your destination.
How we got over…my soul looks back in wonder!
In May 2015, a small band of sojourners set out for, “the Promised Land”. Behind us were the threats of religious dictatorship, man-made rules, deep heartache and disappointments while in front loomed the mighty sea of uncertainties, fear and doubt. God proved Himself faithful and parted the waters enabling this small group from Youth Mentoring Ministry to walk through on dry land. In September 2015, our nomadic journey brought us to “The Party House” where we have set up camp temporarily and from which we currently operate. With our sights fixed firmly on the Promised Land, we work and wait expectantly for the moving of the “Pillar of Fire.”
Almost a year later, Youth Mentoring Ministry (YMM), is now a registered Friendly Society (NPO). With complete reliance on God and the directive of the Holy Spirit, YMM has committed itself to working assiduously to mentor, train and raise up a Godly generation who will be equipped to transform Jamaica and the world by becoming standard bearers of excellence and fulfilling their God-given potential. As the name suggests, the youth are central to everything done in this ministry and thus a key component is the mentorship class that is held on Saturdays from 12-4pm. Currently, we mentor over 40 students and growing exponentially from the St. Ann’s Bay environs- as far as Free Hill in Bamboo. With the Word of God as the foundation, a structured curriculum is delivered which emphasizes discipline, worship, service and leadership. More importantly however, we recognize that genuine love and care for the well-being of our youth urges us to practically meet them where they are and to provide relevant interventions and counsel to address their daily challenges.
A Board of Management has oversight of the ministry headed by Sis Delpha Dyer-Young. The Board consists of 8 persons inclusive of a Youth Advocate and a Youth Representative. The Board’s priority is to ensure that the welfare of the Youth remains at the fore front of all we do. Thus Worship Services are geared towards Youth participation/ inclusion and their spiritual growth.
An extension of the ministry is a Discount/ Bargain store which provides clothing, stationery and educational supplies at a reduced cost to the community. We provide a small contribution to our high school students monthly to assist with transportation and lunch. This is made possible from the donations of members and benefactors both local and overseas. On Friday evenings, the young people converge on “the Party House”, for worship, fellowship, games and discussions. YMM organizes/collaborates in many outreach activities such as: Residential Summer Camp, Easter Beach Party, Christmas treat, Vacation Bible School.
YMM has been blessed to receive support from The Links Sisters incorporated. Two representatives visited with the children and donated a water cooler to the ministry for which we are very grateful. Christmas 2015 was made brighter and more joyous by the generous donation from Mrs. B. Graham, a London England resident. She bought, shipped and delivered a large carton of clothing for the children.
The needs are many, the issues complex and the challenges are great. However, we remain undaunted as the scripture says,“ faithful is He who has called who also will do it”…we completely rely on the Lord moment by moment to direct us.
Our first camp in 2013
Delpha Dyer has been a registered nurse since 1967 and a registered midwife since 1975. She immigrated to Canada in 1988 where she lived and worked as a nurse until retirement at age 60.
After retirement, she went back to school because she wanted to help young people. Already involved in counseling church and community groups, she clearly saw that many young people have a negative perspective and were not taking advantage of the opportunities around them. She completed a program as a Human Service Counsellor and returned to Jamaica to reside and to do her part to improve the opportunities and chances of success for local youth and families.