Praise God for His faithfulness in the midst of all that our team is encountering!
"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:1, 2 & 8 (NIV)
Yesterday is hard to put into words, so we will do our best, but it might be a day we will just have to share more about when we get back to the States.
Everyone, with the exception of Sophie headed out to YES in the morning. Once again we had a time of worship with the students, and one of the youth from the Lubbock church led the devotion.
The construction crew had an incredibly productive day - they were able to get the trusses up, put in two doors, and get a majority of the siding done on the addition of the educational building.
Michelle, Suzie, and Kelly went out to the prison around lunchtime. The original plan was just to spend time in the women's wing, bringing them sewing supplies, spending time getting to know them, while other people from our larger group helped them with some of their current projects. They also had an opportunity to be a part of a worship service with 120 prisoners. People from our group led a time of praise and worship and gave a message/testimony. It was an amazing and moving experience for all involved, one that is hard to describe in an email.
Mackenzie has bonded with some of the little girls who live next door to the school. Chilema is one year old and Nana is three. They live in a tiny one room house. Throughout the week Mackenzie has done an amazing job of reaching out to them, loving on them. As an act of gratitude they gave her a homemade bracelet - they have very little but wanted to give something as an act of gratitude.
Sophie had her own adventure of the day. She had gone out with Beth, one of the missionaries from The Word at Work, and a few people from the Lubbock team to pick up supplies. Another car opened its door into their rental vehicle damaging both doors, but refused to take responsibility for what happened. A traffic officer had to get involved, and Sophie got to see first hand how the law enforcement system works in Belize. After straightening things out, and finishing their errands, she was able to rejoin the team at the work site.
Today, Scot and Jerry headed back to BERT to lead a "mass casualty" training for them.
The majority of our group, Tony, Mackenzie, Hannah, Jennifer, Kelly, and Suzie, are taking the girls of YES out on a field trip for the day. This is a real treat for them - they rarely get to leave the area of Belize they live in and see other parts of the country.
Michelle and Sophie headed to the work site for the morning to help finish the siding and the roof of the educational building at YES. This afternoon, Sophie will head back to finish up the planning for their youth leaders training which will happen tonight from 6-10.
- for good closure with the girls at YES and the staff there. Some tight bonds have been built in just the week we have had in Belize, and I know it will be hard to say good-bye
- for tonight's youth ministry leadership training, that it would be a great time of worship, fellowship, and training
- for tonight's sewing ministry at Centro Vision Ministero de Belize
- for our team. We have seen God do a lot in the lives of others, and have been humbled to know God has used us. We have also been blessed in a lot of ways. Our hearts are full and our bodies are tired, so pray for strength and energy
- that we may continue to draw closer as a team, and be open to what God is doing in our own lives
- for safety and health.
Grateful for each of you,
The Belize Team