Praise God for Good News shared, for relationships that were built, for lives that were touched! Now let's pray our team home safely!
"...the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10: 12b-15 (NIV)
Your prayers truly have carried us as we have traveled throughout Belize doing various acts of ministry (some of which we knew about before we got here and others which we didn't know about until we arrived in Belize. Regardless though, God equipped up and strengthened us for all the opportunities we faced and for that we are grateful).
Yesterday, as our email mentioned, our group went in several different directions. Scot and Jerry went to BERT. Their day started with a mass casualty training, and then they got to go out on calls and help with some hands on training. This included flying to a southern region of Belize to treat a gunshot victim and transporting a 106 year old man back to the hospital (after getting him stabilized and starting an IV). Scot and Jerry truly developed deep relationships with the people of BERT over the week and had a clear impact on them organization.
On the construction site, we finished the education building - the siding and roof was finished. The electrical wiring was done, lights were installed, and it all works!
Suzie, Kelly, Hannah, Jennifer, Mackenzie, and Tony spent the day taking the YES girls on a field trip to Lamani (an amazing site of ancient ruins in one of the northern districts of Belize). It took awhile to drive to the ruins, and it was another hour boat ride - and so there was plenty of time to continue sharing, laughing, praying, and just enjoying one another's company. It was a great time for everyone involved. It was clear to see the close knit relationships that had developed between our team members and theirs. It was a joy to watch Mackenzie and Hannah walking arm in arm with the students of YES throughout the ruins.
Last night they fixed us a feast, a turkey dinner (which for them is a big deal!). They gave a presentation, and gave us all gifts as an act of gratitude for sharing our time/love with them.
That evening a group of us returned to Centro Vision Ministero de Belize. Those in charge of the sewing ministry had the last night of the program, and at the end of the evening the women of the sewing co-op had a surpirse for them. They had made certificates for them as an act of gratitude and took time to pray over them. It was an extremely powerful and moving time of fellowship and prayer. It was clear that because of this sewing ministry lives had been changed.
Also at Centro Vision Ministero de Belize was the youth leadership training that Sophie and three others went over to be a part of. Twice as many people showed up as we had expected to be there, but it was truly a Spirit led time of worship, teaching, and prayer. They were eager to learn, and there is a clear need for people to reach the youth of Belize. It was exciting to see people with such a passion for it! We were able to give some of the Bibles we had brought to the youth workers, which they were VERY grateful for!
We have this afternoon free to debrief together just as an FPCA group and relax a little before we fly out tomorrow morning. We will land at DFW (after going through Houston) just after 6:30.
Please be praying for:
- our time today. Our hearts are full, and we have a lot to talk through as a group. Pray for our debrief/prayer time, that God may grow each of us and that we may grow even closer as a group
- for safe travel for tomorrow as we travel through customs at Houston and make our way back to DFW.
- continued prayers for the girls at YES, that they may continue to grow in their faith and be surrounded by people to love them
- for health and safety
With love and blessings,
The Belize Team