Dangriga in Belize, June 30 to July 07, 2012
We are here!!
June 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM
We arrived at 11:30 this morning and jumped right into ministry! After lunch we visited the Youth Hostel! We were invited to hang out with the teens that live there! Our girls spent the afternoon polishing fingernails and jumping rope while the boys played basketball! After the Youth Hostel We drove through beautiful Belize all the way to Dangriga where we will be serving the Lord this week!! After two days of travel we are all tried, but egger to start this life changing week of ministry!!
July 1, 2012 at 03:32 PM
This morning we went our first Belizean church service at Faith Assembly of God! We spent some time before Sunday school getting to know one another and inviting people to church that morning. Our group was invited to lead Sunday school for the four youth and children classes! After Sunday school we came together for a time of worship. We a few sang praise songs before Erin shared her testimony and the pastor shared a word from Job chapter one! This afternoon we did some home visits and street evangelism to invite people to church and the VBS we will be leading this week!
Youth Sunday School
July 1, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Our group leading the teenage Sunday school class.
July 1, 2012 at 03:35 PM
This snapshot of praise and worship time gives an idea of how packed the service was this morning!
First Day of VBS
July 2, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Today was our first day of VBS and we had 120 children. God is so good!! We had four stations with crafts and games. After a snack all the kids came together for a bible story and song! It was an exciting morning. After lunch we went to Solid Rock Christian Academy to lead a basketball camp and sports ministry. After a short camp time we had a tournament, Americans verse Belizeans. Before we left some of us shared testimonies with the teens and kids who participated!
July 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM
We had our second day of VBS today! Our bible story was the Good Samaritan. During the bible story many kids devoted their life to God! We had games at the park and added a music station! Today was an awesome day for VBS!!
St. Herman's Cave
July 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM
This afternoon we headed to St. Herman’s cave and the Blue Hole! It was so awesome to be able to experience God's beautiful creation as we walked through the jungle into the cave. Once we reached the end of the cave we turned off all our flash lights and had a short quite time before singing "Open the Eyes of My Heart," it was a very powerful moment. After the Cave we had some time to swim in the man made Blue Hole We are rested and looking forward to a full day of ministry tomorrow!
July 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Today was our third and final day of VBS. We had a great time and shared the story of the woman at the well. After VBS we had sports ministry. Basketball camp had a good turn out as well as the other sports. We also made bracelets and polished nails for girls! Tonight we had church at Faith AOG! The service was inspiring as we got to hear testimonies from Joey and Emma! At our team meeting we shared moments where we saw God at work this week.
July 5, 2012 at 11:06 PM
This morning we worked on a playground at the school. We painted the swing set, redid the fence, and played with some kids who showed up. This afternoon we had an awesome time at youth club at the park! This evening we had a closing service at Faith AOG. We shared stories and thanks with the pastor and the community!
Our Last Day
July 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM
We spent our last day in Belize as a day of reflection and rest. We woke up SUPER early and drove to Belize City then rode the water taxi to Caye Caulker. After a fun day of recreation we had a closing meeting in order to debrief and reflect on all the amazing things that God did this week in Dangriga!
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Kevin and Susan Leid
Em, great work you are doing for God. All of you are in His hands. You are setting a great example for your brother and sister. See you soon.
Jen Chapman (Joey's mom)
So proud to see the picture of Joey sharing his testimony! It brought tears to my eyes! Can't wait to see you Joey! I am so proud of the whole team down there, making such an impact! We love you so much!
Scott, Becki & Devin Chitwood
Happy 4th of July everyone! Looks like everyone is having a great time. The kids sure do look like they are having fun. You all are doing a great job! WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL. Ravin we saved some fireworks for you for when you get home.. God bless you all . keep safe! we look forword for tomorrows update.. P.S. I miss & Love you Ravin, Love Mom.
Enjoying the pictures. What a blessing to the people you meet and serve. This is an experience you will never forget--the friends you will meet and make. The opportunity to grow closer to God. Love you. Grandpa says Hi .
Bill & Jerilyn
Emma, Great picture! We always love to see your smiling face :) Stay safe and have a fun 4th of July. We will be anxious to hear about your experiences. Love you - Grandpa & Grandma
For Anna: Daddy, your brothers and I think of you much. We look forward to hearing about your amazing experience. We love you tremendous.
Emma, Amazing pictures, like we are right there. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to hear of your adventure. God keep you safe, Grandma
Sounds like today was an amazing day!! It brings tears to my eyes thinking of all the children lives that will be touched by all of you. Sydney, I miss you, but can see from the photos what a great time you are having. I know your HUGE heart will grow even bigger after all of this. You have had such a strong and true faith in God for so long that you continue to be such an inspiration to me and those around you. I love you and am so proud of the young woman you are. Miss ya, but am so happy you are helping others find their way to God through you :)
Scott,Devin Becki Chitwood
Ravin: just wanted to say that we miss & love you! hope the bugs are staying away from you & everyone else. We are so proud of you and what you are doing in Belize. LOVE YOU!!!
Caroline Harris (Tyler's Mom)
It's so great to see the pictures and read the entries and to be able to see the specific ways that you are all serving the Lord. We are praying for you and for all of the people that you are impacting. We love and miss you Tyler Harris!!
Darling Tim, watering our yard is so much harder then I thought, I am not complaining, I am apprciating, I am appreciating all that you do to keep our place looking spectacular. No worries, I am doing a good job, maybe too good as the grass is so thick!!!! Anyway, I hope you and Miss are really enjoying your time down there, I love you both and miss you so much! me
From Brennan (4): Happy Birthday Daddy! I made you a page of stickers for you to have when you get home from Belize. I got a police sticker that I put on my paper. I got some cool movies. I got pieces of "garbage" for my garbage truck. Thank you for the pictures of you on here. Mommy gave me a fish craft that I painted and it is dry now. I love and miss you Daddy. From Mommy: Happy Birthday babe! We are doing great. Miss you! Xoxo! From Ava: (whining and grabbing at the computer...)
Jen Chapman (Joey's mom)
I am so thankful to be able to see the updates on the website! It helps those of us back home stay connected to the amazing work you are all doing there. Joey, we love and miss you so much already! We are so proud of you, and can't wait to hear all about your experiences when you are home. LOVE YOU!
Gil & Donna Obregon
Katelyn Rose - it will be two weeks before I see you again and already miss you. We can't wait to see what surprises the Lord has in store for you. Love you big time!
I love seeing the photos and hearing about your days. Thank you! I am praying for all of you and know you will touch many lives. Love to you all. Miss ya sissy.
Sarah, thank you for the updates and pictures! Today's made me cry. God is truly an amazing God. :)
I love the pictures. Amanda, I am so proud of you. I am so excited to hear all about your experiences. I am praying for your safe return and your spiritual growth. See you soon, Love, Mom.
Tim and Samantha: You know we are praying for a great and safe trip for everyone. Aunt Chris
Blessings go with you today as you reach out to the people of Belize, may the Lord give you His amazing strength and grace to share with the Dangriga community! We are praying for you. Leslie & Loren
Erin Linck: It was so sweet to see you girls already painting nails! Dad and I are watching the trip journals page and anxious for new pics and entries! We are also praying for the entire team to touch the hearts of many. So proud!! The week will go by fast...enjoy every moment. :) Love you!
Kevin and Susan Leid
So nice to see all of your smilling faces. :) Emma, tonight Livy said that she misses your laugh. We love you and are praying for a great trip for the team!
To Mike: Brennan keeps saying, "I'm sure going to miss Daddy, aren't you?" I always say, "I already do!" We are so proud of you and love and miss you! Brennan loved his special voice mail from you. Fun to see you out playing basketball already. Have SO much fun!
So proud to see you and daddy there Samantha, I hope it is a trip of a lifetime! love, mem
Can't wait to see updates of your amazing journey. Love and prayers to you all! Miss you Rae
Tremendous hope and prayers for the week ahead. May God use each of you in amazing ways.