If you visit the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, the first thing you will probably notice is how peaceful it is. There is something about the property nestled in the Jamaican countryside that gives a sense of tranquility. The second thing you will notice is that the school is growing. Right now, there are multiple buildings in different states of construction. The JCSD has dreams. They want to have a large meeting room that can hold all 37 students. They want to build a vocational training center to provide their high school graduates with practical job skills. They want to add more staff housing to accommodate the volunteers who come to help.

One thing that won’t be immediately apparent, if you visit the JCSD, is that the hands of hundreds of teenagers constructed most of the existing buildings. Going back almost 15 years, Mission Discovery teams have slowly added to the original school. Each team picks up where the last group left off. For a school that barely has the funds to operate on a month-to-month basis, the construction of new buildings would be impossible. Teacher’s salaries and basic accommodations for the students sap all resources they might have used for building projects. Mission Discovery teams bring the funds and manpower to ma