From Jamaica to Lebanon

By: 
LAURA L. VALENTI. EDITOR@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

While Jamaica, a tiny Caribbean island nation, approximately half the size of New Jersey, is far from Lebanon, Missouri, the Reverend Joe Campbell and his wife, Dr. Caroline Campbell, a local pediatrician, made the move between the two, years ago, taking ‘the long way round’ as the saying goes in the Ozarks.
“My wife was actually born in Trinidad-Tobago, another Caribbean country,” the local pastor of Cross Creek Church explained, “but she grew up in Jamaica and we met at the University of the West Indies there. I got a degree in applied physics and worked as a telecommunications engineer in Jamaica for several years before we moved to Fresno California where I completed a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies.  After returning to Jamaica, my wife worked first in family practice but then realized how much more she enjoyed her youngest patients.  We later moved to New Jersey where she completed her studies in pediatrics. Both of our children were born to us while we were living in New Jersey before we moved back to Jamaica for a second time as her student visa ran out. Still, when we thought about the fact that God had allowed our children to be born in the United States, we decided perhaps life here would offer them better opportunities."

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