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The Organization For Strategic Development In Jamaica 6701 80th Ave. N Brooklyn Park MN 55445 - All Island
Phone: +1 763-503-0869

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The Organizations for Strategic Development in Jamaica
 (OSDJ)
 Together With Christ We Will Make Jamaica Better
 
Committed to leading healthcare, community development and educational initiatives to strengthen and improve the quality of lives in Jamaica by helping Jamaicans to help themselves through effective partnerships with individuals, corporations, academic institutions, Churches, Para-Church organizations and civic groups.
 
 
Our History
 
President and founder, Wayland Richards, came to the United State in 1986 to pursue a degree in Pastoral Studies at Crown College, Minnesota. During his first year in college he struggled with the question; "What will you take back to the young people of Jamaica?" He could not be content with simply going back, preaching to them the gospel, and ignore their economic and social hardships being endured by so many in rural Jamaica. He switched major and graduated in 1990 with a B.Sc. in Business Administration. He then went on to Browns Institute where I pursued and obtained a certificate in Computer Programming.
 
One of the joys he had while attending Crown College was the periodic remembrance and occasional reciting of the Jamaica National Pledge. Whether he was raking a church members' back yard or walking down the hallway of the college or driving around in car, he had great memories of reciting this pledge as a commitment to God and to his country.
 
Our Programs
 
 
Youth on Fire for Jesus Ministry
 
The Youth on Fire for Jesus Ministry is the evangelism and discipleship arm of OSDJ. It is an international/interdenominational program consist of volunteers responsible to planning events and activities aimed at mentoring young people. Coupled with the Youth Council this program takes a holistic approach to youth development. It involves scholarship assistance for college and university, skills training and community engagement through sport, music and drama. If you are interested in volunteering for the youth ministry please send an email to chrisbbrooks@msn.com.
 
 
Medical and Dental Outreach Program 
 
The Medical and dental outreach program, creating network among medical, healthcare and dental professionals and institutions for the purpose of helping to improve the healthcare delivery system in Jamaica. This is will be achieved through professional development, Institutional relationships and partnerships, patient care assistance and infrastructure development initiatives.
 
The Advancements in Medicine Conference, is our first response in the development of professional relationships between local Jamaicans and oversea medical and healthcare professionals.
 
Beginning in 2009 OSDJ will be assisting with patient care in Jamaica though short-tem medical missions. The first team will be led by Dr. Mark Gormley of Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, Minnesota. If you are interested in participating or attending in future Advancements in Medicine conference or volunteer for medical or dental outreach in Jamaica send us an email at osdj@aol.com.
 
 
 Jamaica Mi' Care
 
The Jamaica Mi' Care (Jamaica I Care) program provides individuals, Church, Para-Church organizations and civic groups short-term missions opportunities to Jamaica to aid in individual and community development across rural Jamaica. These opportunities include skills training, building construction, community base workshops and projects. Projects utilize academia, skilled and unskilled volunteers. If you are interested in participating in any upcoming missions trip send us an email at osdj@aol.com.
 
 
 
 Together With Christ We Will Make Jamaica Better
 
 
This organization is deeply committed to helping Jamaicans. Whether through evangelism, education and Training, bringing medical and dental help to remote communities, or helping community leaders to find ways to improve the local communities economically and socially, OSDJ will do it "..so that Jamaica may, Under God Increase in beauty fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole Human race." In committing ourselves to the ideals of this organization the leadership of OSDJ affirms again the motto with which we move forward, "Together with Christ we will make Jamaica better."
OSDJ is a registered non-profit organization in the State of Minnesota with operations in Jamaica.
OSDJ is a registered non-profit organization in the State of Minnesota with operations in Jamaica.
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