Mission Trip To Belize- March 2013

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Thursday Mar 14, 2013 Under Travel

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My first mission trip to Belize was in August 2011. On this trip we went to the Sand Hills, Belize where we did VBS, Sports Ministry, Bunk Bed Ministry, Breaking Bread, Community Night and more. We also went to the orphanage in Belize City. This trip most of the team stayed in Belize City while three of us headed back to Sand Hills for most of the week. We arrived on Saturday. We had a quick stop at the hotel where we dropped our bags and then headed to lunch. After lunch, we went to the orphanage.  I was really dreading the orphanage because it can be so depressing. I was surprised at the improvements that had been made since my last visit and it was actually a visit that gave hope. We had fun playing and singing with the kids and then headed back to the hotel. The next day we went to church at Sand Hills and saw many of the women who would be at the Women’s Retreat that week. The thing that stuck out for me that morning was that in the adult Sunday School class there was only one man. There are not many men that attend church in the Belize and I think that is so sad. I really would love to see this change. In the afternoon, we shopped for food for the week and then went to the retreat site. We attended a wonderful church service that evening in Belize where one of the team members gave a wonderful sermon and another shared his testimony.

BelizeMonday thru Wednesday three of us headed to Sand Hills for a Women’s Retreat that we led. We began each day with worship and ice breakers. We did lessons on sharing your testimony, setting priorities and the five love languages for children. We had meal teams to prepare lunch which was a wonderful chance to fellowship. We played games like water balloon volleyball, sack races, and more. We also had gifts for them each day. The last day we gave them 31 bags filled with goodies. It was three special days with these women. You can see them bond with one another and on the last day they talked about changes they wanted to make in their life. The notes of appreciation on the last day to us made it all worth while.

 

Belize2On Wednesday night, we had worship at the church in Belize and it was one of the most spirit filled worship times that I have ever experienced. It was as if this small church was filled with hundreds. I will never forget the experience. While we were at the Women’s Retreat. The rest of the team was doing VBS, building onto a house and doing street evangelism. On Thursday, we got to join in and help with VBS which was so much fun. I really missed working with the kids everyday this trip. After lunch, we got to go Altun Hun.  I was really glad that we got to spend the afternoon seeing and learning about the history of Belize. On Friday we went on an overnight trip to Caulker Cay. On the Cay, six members of team members were baptized. I was really looking forward to this because it is such a moving sweet experience but I got back at the end and I missed it. But I am not sad about missing it because I was having lunch with Amy a full time missionary in Belize and her sweet boy. We had a great lunch and that was were God wanted me to be – fellowshiping with a sister in Christ. On Saturday, we flew home.

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