Author: 

Jason Torrence

I’ve got a confession to make: When I’m deciding where I want to go on a mission trip, I take the location into consideration.

Yes, I know that Christian missions are called Christian missions because they’re about serving Christ, not about taking a vacation.

Yes, I believe that, as a Christian missionary, I shouldn’t be overly concerned with my own comfort.

No, an exotic location isn’t my main concern. But a place called “Lard Bay” just doesn’t sound like the most appealing place to volunteer abroad.

The place I’m talking about is Montego Bay, Jamaica. And if (like me) you’re a little rusty on your Spanish, you might mistake the word “Montego” for the word “manteca,” which is the Spanish word for “lard.” Well, it turns out that Montego Bay was a Spanish port during the 16th Century, and during that time that’s where the Spanish shipped lard (plus leather and beef) to distribute to their colonies. So that’s the reason for the similarity between the words “manteca” and