Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton has expressed condolences on behalf of the team at the Ministry of Health to the family, friends and colleagues of Randy Hentzel and Harold Nichols who were killed Saturday April 30 in St. Mary.
Mr. Hentzel and Mr. Nichols worked in Jamaica for a Pennsylvania-based religious group called Teams for Medical Missions that has been in Jamaica since 1990. Both Missionaries did evangelism and Bible ministry, built homes and provided health care to various communities. They were killed on their way to check on the foundation of a home they were building for a needy family.
Each year there are close to two hundred (200) medical missions from all over the world to Jamaica, serving all fourteen parishes. The services offered include general medicine, optometry, dentistry, counseling, health education, among other areas. Minister Tufton says that “without the help of these missions, our health care delivery would be negatively impacted”. He also said “It is a difficult time for the family, friends and colleagues of these two Missionaries who have selflessly given of themselves to the country and my prayers are with their family and their colleagues at Teams for Medical Missions”.