TEAMS for Medical Missions

PO Box 215 ~ Macungie, PA 18062

610-398-0070

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Our History

Beginnings

1991-2001

  • T4MM began and operated as a volunteer mission organization by Pastor John Jameson and Dr. John Kauffman for about 10 years.
  • The need for a full-time director developed and in 2001 Ray and Ruth Shive became the first missionaries and served as Directors.

Transition

2002-2004

  • The Shives created the present J-Team structure of taking quarterly trips to Jamaica to serve St. Mary Parish in various government clinics and churches.
  • The need for a Medical Coordinator and a ground team of missionaries became evident—God provided above and beyond what was prayed for: Anne Clay, a pharmacist became Medical Coordinator and Harold and Teri Nichols became our ground team as Field Directors. Jane Leeser joined T4MM in Allentown as part-time bookkeeper.
  • A home base was needed in Jamaica and God provided TEAMS House to be rented giving the Nichols a place to live and host J-Teams.

Ministry Expansion

2004-2016

  • TEAMS House quickly became a Ministry Hub for weekly Bible Club, Youth Group, Pastoral Ministry and meeting the physical needs at the gate. Its location provided many opportunities to minister to the community, one of the poorest in Jamaica.
  • The building ministry began with the building of a house for Pastor Irving—the first of about 70 houses built in the years to come.
  • TEAMS House adds Mitsy Lawrence as our house manager along with her mother, Yvette Whyte and sister Avery Gordon to assist with cooking when hosting teams.
  • In 2010 the Hentzels became part of the ground team and through the Bible Training Center of Jamaica came into being in 2012.
  • Expansion in Jamaica necessitated adding personnel in the home office: 2007—Barb Will joins as part-time business manager; 2011—Ann Wendling replaces Barb, and Duane Wendling joins as part-time office manager.
  • In 2013, after 30 years of Missions ministry, the Shives retire, and John and Linda Heater are brought on as the new Directors.

Tragedy Strikes

2016

  • April 30, 2016 Harold and Randy both entered the joy of their Lord unexpectedly. The sudden homegoing of these two men left us reeling.
  • But God provided above and beyond. Tom and Bethann Miller had been recently added as our member care team and the comfort, direction, and care that they provided each of us was exactly what we needed to navigate this difficult time; the T4MM extended family rallied around us providing prayer support, financial support for Teri and Sara, and physical presence.

 

Transition

2016 -Present

 

  • In the absence of Harold, much of the ground ministry had to be put on hold: Bible Club, Youth Group, Construction, and Pastoral Ministry.
  • In the absence of Randy, the BTCJ leadership team needed a new director and God provided Pastor Paul Hemmings, enabling the BTCJ to not only survive but thrive.
  • We were committed to keeping the J-Teams coming to Jamaica quarterly, but we would need the support of our T4MM extended family to make that happen. God has provided the volunteers each time enabling us to not miss a single trip.
  • In 2017 Teri joined Faith Global Missions in Lafayette, Indiana serving international students on the campus of Purdue University, and Sara joined Wycliffe Bible Translators as a  software programmer in Iowa. God has provided both ladies with ministries that use their giftedness and passion.
  • Without a ground team we had decisions to make as a mission about our ministry, our vehicles, and TEAMS House. God provided ministry partners from other ministries in Jamaica to care for TEAMS House and our vehicles. When they were no longer available, our Jamaican staff stepped up and pledged to do whatever it took to keep T4MM ministering in Jamaica.
  • Joe and Elaine Ramcharan, who have provided all our transportation for the past 13+ years, agreed to become part of our Jamaican Board enabling smoother communication and compliance with the Jamaican government.

Going Forward

  • We are still looking to staff a ground team—both from the States and from Jamaica. We have several Jamaicans stepping up to help, and we are praying for wisdom and discernment moving forward.
  • Consider joining us: on a J-Team; as part of our ground team; as a full-time missionary; as a  prayer partner; as a financial partner.
  • Ministry awaits—the building ministry has restarted—we would love to be able to restart our children and youth ministry and our pastoral ministry. Pray for us—pray for workers—ask the Lord if it should be YOU.