Upon returning to Jamaica in 1992, we contacted the Department of Children’s Services (now known as Child Protection and Family Service Agency) to see how we might best be of assistance in helping to care for the growing numbers of children in Jamaica in need of care. We immediately became certified foster parents, but were presented with the need for a Place of Safety to be built. In 1997, Agape Harbor Children’s Home was founded. We are usually the first stop for children immediately as they become wards of the state, both long and short term, if no immediate family is able to step in to care for them. We are the recognized Place Of Safety for Region III (3 parishes) for the Child Protection and Family Service Agency (CPFSA). We have fostered dozens of children, ages birth-18 years old, with their stays ranging from a few days – up to 11 years. (We currently have a sibling set of 3 children who have been with us for 12 years.) We also have a young man still living with us who aged out of the system 13 years ago.
We are involved in several different areas of ministry. Jacques ministers full time to the Beecher Town Church of Christ, and also fills the pulpit for some of the many rural area churches without a full-time minister. We coordinate and plan outreach events for the youth, especially in the rural areas of Jamaica. We hold summer camps, youth retreats, one-day community outreach events, Vacation Bible Schools and Youth Conventions/Crusades. We are involved in holding morning devotions at the 2 schools in Beecher Town on a regular basis. Partnering with the Beecher Town Church of Christ, we operate a food pantry and school feeding program, helping provide free breakfast and lunch to at-risk school children as well as food to families with children over weekends and long school breaks, and recently extended to assist others in the community in need.
Jacques is a Justice of the Peace for the parish of St. Ann, and also a Marriage Officer. We both serve on various Boards, including the Beecher Town Primary School Board; the Northview Christian Academy, (primary prep school operated by one of our sister churches); the Social Development Committee; and the Beecher Town Give-Back Association.