However, it’s important to point out that the Kittitians are not there on vacation. The people who live there make up a variety of economic classes, and most live in low-income or impoverished conditions. Even the “middle class” neighborhoods are full of duplexes and triplexes, which are the normal living spaces. With the high cost of living and a low average income, many Kittitians work long hours or multiple jobs to make ends meet.
Through our visits to the island we were able to observe some of the major challenges confronting the Kittitian people. Right off the bat we were told that, though there are many churches on the island, many of them teach that you need to “get yourself right” before you can be accepted by God. Church has become a cultural norm rather than a gathering of people who are thirsting for God. Most church attenders are women and children, and just a few men participate.
The next thing we quickly became aware of was the rampant drug and alcohol abuse issues in St Kitts. Gangs have formed and drug trafficking has risen through the island, and many islanders are addicted to marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, or crack cocaine. There is one jail/prison on the island. With no recovery programs in the country, most addicts, dealers, and gang members end up in this prison. The facility was originally intended to hold around 70 inmates, but currently houses over 200! Once released, there is no halfway house or re-entry programs for the inmates. They usually end up right back on the streets with no prospects and no hope.
We have spoken with men who feel like they have no choice after prison but to go back to the drugs and the gangs. We have spoken with those on the outside who feel as though the addicted adults in St Kitts are completely hopeless. “Just come help our children not make the same mistakes.” We heard this multiple times on our last visit down. It broke our hearts that the islanders truly believe there is no hope for their addicted loved-ones.
But we know that there IS hope! For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. (Romans 6:7) So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. (John 8:36) Through Aaron’s own struggle with addiction, Katelyn’s struggle with codependency and other family member’s struggles, we have seen God move is mighty ways to set us free from the grip of sin. Now God wants to take those experiences and use them for his glory by sending us to St Kitts! We are partnering with Celebrate Recovery to bring hope and healing to the people of St Kitts. Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-centered recovery program that uses large group teaching, open share small groups, and 12 step groups to help ANY person with ANY hurt, habit, or hang up to find freedom through Jesus!
How YOU can help!
We are asking you for your help through prayer and financial support!
Pray that we prepare well and that we transition well over seas!
Pray that we find a good apartment in a safe area, and that we get get a great deal on our rent!
Pray that we meet our support goals quickly and that we have no trouble with the logistics of our move.
Moving - $22,500
Monthly Living - $3,850
Ministry Costs - 100% raised already!
If you can help support us financially then please got to ssmfi.org/missionary/aaron-and-katelyn-comer and set up a one-time or reoccurring donation! We are in high need of monthly support partners! However, even the one-time donations make a big difference.
You can also mail checks to
6739 Academy Road, Suite 320
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Write #4331 Comer in the memo to get the donation to our account!
We would love to hear from you and to be praying for you as well!
Aaron an Katelyn Comer
Address and Phone in the states:
1617 Coventry Park Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37931
Follow our journey at: www.comermissionjourney.blogspot.com