Florida Jacksonville Mission


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Description

Jacksonville is a heavily-forested area that is also extremely hot. The people there are very religious, the cities are very populated but there are a lot of people that live out in country homes as well. There are different kinds of people from all over, Jacksonville is a drop-off point for refugees from all over the world from Bosnia to the Sudanese.

The Church

A mix between older more established families who have had long memberships in the Church and new single converts.

Food

The food in the area consists of typical American Southern cuisine. People cook low southern boils, gumbo, and cookout. Classic American food and food chains are available in all locations. Hamburgers, fried chicken, pizzas and pastas are normal.

Transportation

Most elders use cars and bikes. Jacksonville has a bus system, but it cannot reach everywhere. A lot of the homes outside city limits would be difficult to get to without a car, and members from the wards were a resource for transportation.

Safety

The larger cities are more prone to crime than others like downtown Jacksonville but missionaries usually followed rules that kept them safe.

Customs

Many people say “yes sir” and “yes ma’am” when addressing others. Most people shake hands when they meet a new person.

Local Lingo

A native English speaker will be able to understand everything.

Essential Equipment

A Camelbak or some sort of hydration pack, a good lightweight rain coat, and ventilating shoes. An umbrella is optional. Polyester ties, because silk ties will get ruined in the rain.

Additional Info

It is safe to mail things to Florida, and American shipping rates apply.

Flag of Florida Jacksonville Mission

Profile

United States
President Paul W. Craig (as of September 2013)

8663 Baypine Rd Ste 102
Jacksonville FL 32256
United States

English
966,000
Baptist, Catholic, Protestant variations.
The climate in Jacksonville is hot, humid,and it rains nearly every single day in the afternoon during the summer. In the winter rain is occasional and the humidity is lower- a sweater or hoodie is desirable. In southern Georgia, however,a winter day could be between 40-50 degrees fahrenheit.
Jacksonville, Gainesville, St. Augustine

Experiences

Straight from the Florida Jacksonville Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

“I had add-ons and not take-aways. introduced to grits, boiled peanuts etc.”

“Temperatures below 50 degrees”

*What did you eat the most of?

“Eggs, Ramen”

“I always bought cereal and ramen noodles.”

“Whatever was on sale at Wal-Mart”

“Fast food.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?

“Alligator Tail”

“being in the states it was not too crazy. We had clams, after being boiled you open it up and eat the stuff in the shell.”

“Alligator jerky”

“Alligator, snake, squirrel and raccoon.”

*What was most surprising about the culture?

“Really intense humidity, super nice people”

“I was naive to ‘project housing’. That was new to me but also fun. Unexpected would be how the kids/youth in the south speak to their elders with Sir and ma’am.”

-Keith

“How respectful the gang members and drug dealers were to us “church people.” We tracted in some pretty rough neighborhoods and even the members were concerned for out safety, but I’ve never felt safer in my entire life (I wouldn’t go back there now).”