Today marks the midpoint of our Belize 2018 Summer Missions trip!
Here is a quick overview of our trip thus far:
Saturday - Travel on Saturday could not have gone better. Our hosts, Pastor Kevin Tzib and Ellias Guerra, Gringo Guerra meet us outside of the airport in Belize City. All of our flights were on time which allowed us to enjoy a leisurely lunch at Old Belize overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We then drove two hours into Belize to our hotel in San Ignacio. After a quick dinner we joined Oasis of Blessing Church (OOB) for their youth service which was exciting to say the least.
Sunday - After breakfast we joined OOB for their Sunday worship service. Some of our team lead the kids Sunday School during worship. On Sunday afternoon we met up with a large group of people from OOB and walked around San Ignacio picking up garbage on the street. That gave us a great chance to get to better know some of our friends here in Belize and to interact with many of the people who live in the city. There were many great conversations we had in our first service project.
Monday - Today was our first day in the villages. After provisioning and preparing for the day we drove the 45 minutes to the village of San Marcos. As we arrived in the village that we have visited so often over the past ten years the children ran out of their classrooms to greet our team with great enthusiasm. We ran VBS and a soccer clinic in the morning and had an excellent connection with the 30 plus kids who showed up. We were disappointed that when we arrived in Billy White the children were not in school and so we headed back to San Ignacio for dinner and to get some sleep after a great first two days of ministry.
Tuesday - Tuesday was perhaps the most successful day of ministry so far as we lead our VBS and soccer clinic in both San Marcos and Billy White. Our theme in VBS is “I can follow Jesus” and in soccer it’s “pray to prepare”. Our connection with the children of Billy White, a much bigger and unfamiliar village, happened surprisingly quick and was very strong.
The team is going great. Team unity is amazingly strong and we are working so well together. Everyone is staying hydrated and mainly healthy. We are so thankful for the opportunity to serve here, for safety and health thus far and for what God is doing in and through us. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
- Pastor Todd