United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI) partners Samaritan’s Purse to facilitate heart surgery

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In partnership with United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI), international non-denominational Christian organisation Samaritan’s Purse has been facilitating life-saving heart surgery in Grand Cayman for children from countries such as Bolivia and Mongolia since 2017. Having made visits to Grand Cayman to seek the support of churches to host children, the Regional Team of the “Children’s Heart Project” realised the constraints surrounding those who host children in their homes. As a result, Mission House was gifted to and owned by the UCJCI’s Cayman Islands Regional Mission Council (CIRMC) in May 2018.

Each Mission House project has a host Mom and host congregation, which has agreed to host the groups whereby each group consists of two children, their mothers and an interpreter. They journey with the beneficiary groups in a caring, faith-centred way during their time in Grand Cayman, and meets the financial costs of their necessities.

Post-surgery, they move on to the Mission House, for exposure to the church community. Besides relationship building and being taken on outings, the gospel is shared with them and many mothers have received Christ as a result of the experience. The children have been hosted by several different denominations on island, including UCJCI’s Council Office, John Gray Memorial, South Sound, and Savannah United Churches.