The dream of Jamaica Relief Ministries began in 1989 when Hurricane Gilbert caused extensive damage in Jamaica. Short term work/ministry teams were organized and brought to the island to repair homes, schools, and churches. Because of the tremendous needs, teams continued to come over the next 10 years.
It was finally decided that a full time staff presence was needed to better serve the people of Jamaica. In November of 2001, Floyd and Ellen Yoder came and pioneered the work of JRM.