UnBELIZEable Mission Trip

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Tuesday Aug 16, 2011 Under Mission Trip, Travel

Late Saturday, I arrived back from Belize. I slept most of Sunday except for enjoying a good meal at Outback. We started back to school Monday and had an all day AHG camp today so my crazy life has returned. I have not had time to process it all and my head is still swimming but I wanted to share some highlights with you.

This team was nothing less than amazing. Everyone seemed to get along great and was willing to serve wherever needed. I saw fellow team members do things way out of their comfort zones to make an impact on God’s Kingdom. The trip was SO well organized by the team leads that every minute of the day was maximized for service. It was so cool to watch people using their gifts during the trip. And I had the three best roommates in the world.

When we arrived on Saturday, we had lunch on the bus on the way to the orphanage. We spent a few hours playing with the kids. We had a nice dinner out out. For most of the week, I was glad I brought tuna because that is what I lived on. Gluten-free has not reached Belize yet. They did have lots of great fruit so I was glad to have that. I was also VERY thankful for the bag of snacks Mary Osborne gave me before I left. I would have been very unhappy without those.

Sunday, the team was in charge of  Sunday School and two church services. It was really neat when the church members greeted returning team members. You could feel the love for one another in that place.

One of my favorite parts of the service was the cardboard testimonies. I love when people are real and take off their mask.  People who are willing to share their weaknesses have such a great opportunity to serve.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2Cor 12:9.

Monday thru Thursday mornings, we ran a VBS – like no other VBS. There was an opening and closing ceremony that had more energy and craziness than I had ever seen. There were five stations- games, crafts, story, review and singing and snack. I have never witnessed a group of people go so ALL OUT for VBS. You could tell everyone wanted to make it special for those kids.

After lunch, the fun did not end. There was bunk bed ministry where eight bunk beds where built for families in the community. I had the privilege of delivering one of these beds and that was one of  the highlights of the week for me. There was sports ministry which I was not involved in but my hat goes off to the team members who were playing sports and games with the kids in the fields in the heat of the day. I helped one day with woman’s ministry. Each day they had a devotion or lesson and then they had a craft. I was honored to wash the feet of the woman before they got pedicures and made flip flops. It was a very special moment.

Lastly, there was a ministry where we went to Rootsville- part of this community is literally in a swamp. It is so sad to see people live in such condition as these. The people were very open and kind here. I meet a woman who talked to me about how good it felt to serve and help others. I pray that I somehow was an encouragement to them because some of them were such encouragement to me.

Every night was a different event. Monday was breaking bread and my favorite. The team split up between six houses and a group had prepared dinner for each home. I had so much fun getting to know our family- Mr. Logan and his two daughters in their own home.  There was so much to learn from Mr. Logan and we were blessed to be in his home. I saved two lives that night also- so that was cool too. Tuesday night we had another church service that had amazing sharing. Wednesday night was Family Fun Night for the community where we served over 400 hotdogs, had face-painting, games, s’mores and more. Thursday night was Celebration Night with music, prayer and baptisms. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful week.

We spent Friday on one of the islands off Belize.  Part of the team went snorkeling. I went swimming, shopping and had a great meal. It was a good day to wind down after a crazy busy week and get ready to come back to the states. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people make this unBELIZEable week possible. Mary Osborne gave me food. Anna White made my T-shirts. Greg Manning donated the dental supplies we gave out. Alicia Hamilton got together the sheets for the bunk beds and made bookmarks that we gave out in Rootsville. My parents, the Carrolls, the Pruettes, and the McEvoys watched Cobey. My very supportive husband juggled Claire. Jennifer Stone picked me up at the airport.  There were MANY friends and family who bought raffle tickets, contributed money, and prayed for me. I love you all  and you were all part of the team.

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