Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Received from the Belize Team at 7:20 this evening…
The day started with worship/devotionals again. Rob led us in a few songs, Colton, Tanner, Suzie, and Judy led our Bible Study/Devotional Time, and then we had time for a small group activity.
Today's schedule was similar to yesterday's, except that we added a craft while we sewed (we needed more hands in the sewing room, so we made a few adjustments accordingly). Before we divided up into our activities for the day, we had a crash course in oral hygiene. Several of the girls said they owned a tooth brush but none of them had even heard of dental floss. Michelle and Gala were able to teach them the steps of keeping their mouths healthy.
Meanwhile, our two construction teams were already at work. The Belize City team was doing interior and exterior painting. The Lord's Bank team was continuing to sand and mud, and began to prime the walls. The girls continued the work on the quilt, and it looks great. At the end of the day the quilt top was complete. Tara introduced a new craft project, which the girls loved - making, "Christmas Tree napkins." Suzie (assisted by Colton) led another day of computer classes. Today the girls prepared a presentation slide about themselves in PowerPoint. The best part of these classes, in addition to helping these girls learn a needed skill, is the atmosphere it creates for conversation and relationship building. They come from all sorts of situations- several have children, a couple come from families with caring parents, one lives in a homeless shelter. Two have special needs, others are incredibly bright but, because of how/where they have grown up, they have not been able to succeed/adjust in a normal school environment. Scot spent half of the day today at BERT, and will spend a full day there tomorrow. He is a great example of how someone is using their natural ability and talents to serve God here in Belize. He trained EMTs/Medics.
Every night, the last thing we do is to spend some time in worship as a group. We catch up on the day’s events, and reflect on how we saw God at work. It is amazing to see God at work all around us this week. Thank you for praying!
Praise God for…
· … there is a young girl that has a large tumor growing on her face. The Word at Work is part of an effort to get her to the States to have a life saving surgery to have it removed. As a part of his teaching/training today, Scot attended a training today in which $1,000 was raised by residents of Belize in support of this girl. It is significant thing that when Belizeans care for their own and want to raise money they can; even with what little many of them make.
· … another successful day of ministry
· … protection while the team split into different groups to handle different activities
· … the good progress made by all the different groups!
Prayer Requests! Please pray…
- … for Scot as he continues his work with BERT. The head of BERT is joining us for dinner tonight, so she and Scot can brainstorm about what the year holds for them. He is also teaching another class tomorrow.
- … for Presley, Tara, and Jennifer as they lead the devotional tomorrow
- … the quilt team as the lead the next phase of the quilt tomorrow, and also for Ben as he leads a craft
- … several key meetings we have tomorrow regarding future ministry opportunities
- … that we will be open and aware of the ways we can be a blessing to the people of Belize
- … for group unity as we reach the halfway point; that everyone would get along well and love each other as Christ loves each of us
- … for endurance and good health
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 2 Corinthians 8:11