Hattieville in Belize, July 25 to July 31, 2008
by Angie Wicklund
July 25, 2008 at 10:15 PM
Late this morning, Ted, Carol, and Jess arrived in Belize ahead of the rest of us. We met up at the Global Village Hotel for a lunch of sandwiches. After lunch, we got on the bus and rode over to Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center to play with the children for a couple hours. Some of us got our hair braided while a few of us threw a football with a couple kids. Teams from FBC Temple and Shady Oak Baptist met up with us at the children’s home after an hour. We stayed long enough for the other teams to have about an hour with the kids; then we headed to the bus after our goodbyes. We rode back to Global Hotel and had a dinner of chicken, fried rice, fries, watermelon, star fruit, and fruit juice. Our evening meeting began after a little break to settle in our hotel. The meeting consisted of worship, a sharing time of what we are excited for this week, guidelines, and tomorrow’s schedule, and we were off to bed.
First day in Hattieville
by Laura Winslow
July 26, 2008 at 02:40 PM
The day was off to a busy start as we drove the half hour to Hattieville Baptist Church. Going past the Golden Haven Rest Home and the Hattieville Prison (both places we will be doing ministry work this week); we got a glimpse of the village we will be in for the majority of our upcoming week. Pastor Mark gave us an overview of Hattieville Baptist and the history of the church. Brother Lou was there to guide us in the construction project; putting up a new ceiling as the former ceiling had a lot of damage from termites, or “wood lice” as they are called in Belize. We broke into groups to remove nails and prep the wood for the new panels. Others who were not busy with the ceiling had the opportunity to walk throughout the village and visit with the locals in their homes, inviting the children to a youth night tonight and Vacation Bible School starting on Monday. After home visits, many garbage bags were filled as we cleaned up the area around the church and the football field right across from the church. Everyone was very hard at work and by lunchtime, almost the entire fellowship area had the new ceiling in place, the fields were free of trash and many children were buzzing about the VBS that is to come. While we were busy with these projects, the women of the church were cooking us an amazing lunch of beef stew over coconut rice, fresh papaya, pineapple and fruit juice. After a time of eating and fellowship with one another, we were back at work, finishing the panels in the main room and continuing to meet more and more people in the village. We had the opportunity to visit Golden Haven Rest Home and visit with the elders that live there. As we shared our musical talents with them, they returned the blessing with stories and conversation. After dinner tonight, we will be participating in youth night at the church before coming back to our hotel for a chance to meet with one another before heading to bed. It’s been a busy day, yet we know God has blessed us richly with energy and support from one another.
by Angie Wicklund
July 27, 2008 at 11:02 PM
This morning after a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, toast, watermelon, and juice, we headed out to Hattieville Baptist Church for Sunday morning fellowship. We sang a few worship songs; then went to the Sunday school rooms. The teens in our group participated in the younger youth or elementary classroom singing songs and sharing a couple Bible stories. The children also got to practice their books of the Bible song to sing for the church during presentation time. While our teens were in their class, the adults sat in the adult Sunday school class in the sanctuary. After the hour, we all came back together for the service. There was presentation of each class. A representative from the age group or the whole class shared something that they had learned either that morning or from the past month. A pastor from the North Carolina group shared a message about his life verses, Isaiah 42:18-19. We were able to fellowship with the members of the Hattieville Baptist Church before we gathered with the other teams for a wonderful lunch. We then prepared to go to the Hattieville prison to lead a service in the chapel. While we were there, we sang some worship songs, a girl from Temple, Texas as well as the leader of a group from Hurst, Texas shared testimonies, a teenage boy from the Temple, Texas team delivered a short message, one of the inmates sang three songs, and Jennifer shared a devotional with us. There was a short time for one-on-ones with the inmates, but mostly just enough time to thank them for having us and possibly to hear a little of their story. We returned to the church for a short break before having missions training. A couple hours of our afternoon was spent on the missions training activity to work on conversational areas. We used items to remember different topics to ask people to learn more about them. After having multiple conversations with members of the other teams, we gathered for an amazing dinner of barracuda, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. For the evening service, six members of the Hurst, Texas group lead us in worship. Two girls from the Temple, Texas group shared their powerful testimonies; Burton, one of our Praying Pelican staff, sang a song titled “Get Up and Go.” An evangelist, Mr. Baptist, was born in Belize, but lives in New York, was visiting. He shared a little encouragement with Hattieville Baptist Church, since he makes sure that he stops in when in Belize. The church’s worship team came back up to lead us in more worship; then Pastor Mark shared a message. We left Hattieville to return to the hotel for some much needed sleep.
First Day of VBS
by Angie Wicklund
July 28, 2008 at 09:02 PM
This morning we had French toast for breakfast then headed to Hattieville to start our first day of Vacation Bible School. When we arrived we prepared the church for the day’s events. A few of us worked on the ceiling of one of the Sunday school rooms while the rest of us sat in on VBS planning. Our group wasn’t leading the VBS today, but we were prepared to help wherever needed. The children started to come to Hattieville Baptist Church half an hour before we were going to start, so we played little games, talked, and sang with them. For VBS the Temple, Texas group lead and we filled in where they needed help. There was music, a story about Jesus’ life, a game of soccer, and a bracelet craft. After VBS, we had a lunch of sandwiches and watermelon. Before we returned to Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center, we went on some home visits and did some construction. At the children’s home, we felt more at ease since we had been there before. We played with the children, put together bracelets, sang songs, read books, and talked with them. For dinner, we went to Old Belize, a place where the locals spend time, to have chicken nachos or chicken burritos. We returned to the hotel for quick showers and an evening meeting of worship, sharing of ways we saw God at work today, and tomorrow’s schedule.
by Angie Wicklund
July 30, 2008 at 01:59 PM
This morning after breakfast at the Global Village Hotel, we set out for Hattieville Baptist Church. When we arrived, we played with the children that came early. Ted continued in his faithfulness to the ceiling project while the rest of us prepared for VBS. We were the ones who lead it and the other teams helped us where we needed it. Tony and Britt helped organize a game of soccer or Frisbee, McKenzie, Beth, and Ashley taught the Bible story and a dance, Jennifer, Carol, and Merle helped with the craft, and a few of us lead some singing. Jessica, Elizabeth, and Morgan helped out as well sometimes with crafts, or just making sure the kids were doing well. There were just over one hundred children in attendance, about twenty more than yesterday. After VBS, we had a lunch of tortillas, beans, BBQ chicken, cole slaw, papaya, and pineapple. As soon as we finished eating, we were off to Altun Ha to see the Mayan ruins. We had a group picture taken there; many of us climbed upthe ruins. The view was beautiful! Dinner was back at the church we had fish, salad, coconut rice, and fresh fruit. For our community movie night we played Beauty and the Beast; the children enjoyed the movie. Chris, a leader from Shady Oak Baptist Church in Hurst, Texas, closed out our movie night with a short devotional. He shared the parallel between Jesus and Belle being the beautiful one; he also told us that we could be given new lives from God.
Last Day in Hattieville
by Angie Wicklund
July 31, 2008 at 05:43 AM
This morning after breakfast at Global Village Hotel, we headed out for our last day in Hattieville. As in the past, when we arrived we prepared for VBS. This time Shady Oak Baptist Church was in charge of the morning activities; we gladly filled in where we were needed. There were about one hundred and forty children. We did music, made power bracelets, shared Jonah and the big fish with a felt board, and played a game of tag. The children had lots of fun; it was hard to say goodbye to them at the end of the morning. Some of them stayed around for awhile. For lunch we had chicken, fries, rolls, and fresh fruit. We went out into the community of Hattieville to do some prayerwalking after lunch. We returned to the church for a soccer tournament. The children loved to play; they liked the medals as well. Dinner was meatballs, rice, potato salad, fried plantain and fruit. In the evening, we had teen and adult Bible studies. The teens had some music and an intern from Shady Oaks did the devotional. For the adults, Pastor Merle from Westminster shared, Carol, Ted, and some of the Belizeans shared. We all came back together in the sanctuary for some worship, “thank you”s, songs sung by Burton, birthday cake and ice cream for Tony. We all said our “see you later”s with many tears and returned to the bus back to the hotel.
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I just wanted to say, "HAVE FUN SNORKELING! & Morgan, don't forget your under water camera. Use every exposure it has. & you better be taking other pics. You have 5 rolls!" Love, Mom PS: Prayers, Hugs and Kisses to all. :)
Happy b-day to Tony! We've been praying for all of you this week. Can't wait to hear all about the trip.
Tony's better half
Happy Birthday! Can't wait to hear all the details. Stay safe and see you soon! Love, Stephanie, Brooke, Ainslee, Liberty & Sabre
Lisa, Brian, Emily and Melissa
It sounds like the trip was a success... I have been thinking and praying about you all. I cant wait to see my girl...I really miss you sweetie. I hope you all enjoy the last day when you get to go snorkleling(I think I spelled that right)on the reef. What a way to wrap up the trip!!! I am very proud of you and everyone else that has worked so hard to make this mission something that you and the people you met there will never forget. Have a wonderful day and remember that we love you and miss you. I can't wait to give you a great big hug!!!!!
Happy Birthday Tony! What a way to spend your birthday! Can't wait to see all of you and here all the details. I am so proud of all of you. Much love. Have a safe trip home. We will see you at the airport. Love you.
Hey there! Sorry about the last post posting twice. When I got up that day, I restored the page and it did that. Anyway. I just home from work and fixing to lay down a while. Wanted to say I Love You and Miss You Terribly, but it is only 2 more days. I don't have to work Fri or Sat. Hugs, Kisses and Prayers to all.
Peter and Beth Anne
We wanted to say (probably one last time before you all come home) how proud we are of you all. The picture today was wonderful, I can't wait to see more from snorkling tomorrow which I know y'all will love. Someone got an underwater camera right?! I just wanted to tell Mama and Daddy that my ultrasound is actually tomorrow and Dawn is almost here as we speak to come stay for a couple of days and be there with me. We love you all and can't wait to give big hugs and kisses!!! P.S. Peter asked,"What's on Mama's head?"
Hi Everyone! It looks like you are having a wonderful time! Keep up the good work! I look forward to hearing all about your adventure when you get back home. Have a safe remainder of the week and a safe journey home. You all are in my prayers.
HI Gang! I just wanted you to know you are in my prayers too. It was just so good to see the photo of everybody! Thank you for all the hard work you do each day. Jennifer, I hope it is not too hot! We are so proud of you and look forward to welcoming you home! with love, Dorothy
Me, again. I couldn't help saying, once again. "How much I miss you." And Dad said, "Hi," too. He said I was posting enough comments for the both of us. You know how I am. Morgan, I hope you are enjoying getting all the comments from Ky. Hugs and Kisses to all. BTW, Dusty and Cookie also misses you. :) Morgan, I bet you had something to do with the picking of the password. :) Still praying for you.
Lisa Brian Emily and Melissa
We are really proud of the efforts made to spread the Word. We are praying for you all and hope for your safe return home. I am sure that many lives will be blessed by your presence there and your efforts will not be forgotten. We all miss you Jessica, Mama, and Daddy!!!! We are all praying for you all and cant wait to give you hugs and kisses!!! I miss you sweetie!!! I LOVE YOU and will see you very soon...God bless you all!!!
Mary Candace Grainger
Hi everybody! You guys look like you're having a blast. Beth-I'm not quite sure what to do without our weekly dinners...! You all are in my prayers...have a safe rest of the week.
The Tomecek Family
Hello guys! You sure look great in the picture! Jennifer, we had a nice time in your class on Sunday. I brought in a globe and showed the kids where you guys are. The kids had a great time with that and it fit right in with the lesson! All of you are in our prayers and we are wishing you well!
We are so proud of you all and all that you are doing! In Children's Church on Sunday, we looked on the globe to see where you all were. The children were very excited. Carter was upset, because he said it is not fair that you got to fly to Belize on an airplane, and he hasn't been on an airplane. We love you all! P.S. Tony, Dale hasn't lost his cell phone in a couple of days. That may be a record. Tell Merle and Jennifer that the baby is trying to hold off until Papa Merle and Grandma Jenny get back.
Keep up the great work! I'm sure the weather isn't pleasant but keep your sites on the goal in reaching out to the community and bringing the children closer to God. We miss you. Love to all. See you soon! Love, Stephanie
Mckenzie, Sonny is fine. Her eye is not swollen this morning. I know you are missing us too. We love you and miss you.
Morgan's Aunt Karen from KY
Your are to be commended for working for the Lord. Have fun while you are working.
Beth Anne Arnold
Aww that's my daddy in that pic! I'm so happy to hear day to day about what you all have been doing. Hope all is well. I just wanted to let you all know that your still in our prayers, and(mama and daddy) I miss you so much...just ask Peter, I was crying last night! Don't worry about me though, I'm just to happy to hear how much God is already working in so many lives.
Curtis & Helen
It sounds like you “hit the ground running” when you arrived in Belize. We are praying that God will bless all that you do in Belize. Mckenzie: We love you and we miss you. We are looking forward to hearing all about the trip, especially your visit to the Children’s Home. I am sure this will be a life-changing experience. Blessings for all, Curtis & Helen
Morgan's great aunt June from Indiana
Morgan & friends. I'm sure you will all get a blessing from doing God's work. I'll remember you in my prayers. Enjoy your time there & be safe.
Teresa and Brenna--Ky friends
We're very proud of you. Work hard and have a good time.
Robin Rixon--Morgan's Kentucky Cousin
Hey everyone! I am so proud of each of you! You all are doing great work for the Lord! I'm sure that each one of you will impact someone and make a difference in the lives of others! Way to go! Love you Morgan!
Jim & Betty
Wanted to wish our newest missionary team the best of luck. We pray that the Lord wiil bless your work there and pray for your safe return. Hey I can tell by that group picture that all your air conditioning wishes were granted.
Morgan's great aunt Gail
Morgan, and the rest of the group, You are doing a great mission work for God! I am very proud of you. Keep up the great work, be safe, and enjoy your time there. This is a trip you will remember for the rest of your life. Love you, Aunt Gail
I couldn't go to bed without saying, "Goodnight, sweety I love you and you'll all definitely be in my prayers, as always." Smiles, Hugs, & Kisses to all. Love Mom/Dena
Judy Morrison (Elliott's Aunt from Kentucky)
Howdy Morgan and all her wonderful friends.What a wonderful adventure you are on. I am so proud of all of you. I hope you all are getting lots of good things done. We here in Kentucky are very proud of you and are praying for your safety and hope you accomplish all that you set out to do. We can hardly wait for you to tell us all about it. Love from Kentucky
The Wallace Family
We are so pround of each of you. Can't wait to hear all the details and see all the pictures. Sure hope someone is taking as many as I would. Just ask Mckenzie and she will tell you how many too take. You are all in our constant prayers for a safe trip. I know you will get as much as you give. Just know how much we love you. Mckenzie, we love you and miss you so much. Have fun and be safe.
OK my 2 cents - Merle smile ;0) - Mac you're supposed to be working not posing ;0). Looks like you have a very full week ahead of you. I'm sure you will get way more than you give. We will be praying for all of you and those you are serving. Look forward to seeing you all and hearing the stories when you return.
Hello to all! Hey Daddy! We're having fun at home but I miss you. You're truly doing God's work and I'm sure this week's VBS will be remembered by all volunteers and children attending. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Look forward to seeing you soon! From Ainslee...Where's Daddy Go? Daddy, where are you? Daddy, I love you more. Love you honey! And our love to the group. Stephanie, Brooke and Ainslee
Dena-Mom of Morgy
Hey there, sweety and the rest of the gang. I just wanted to drop a note and tell you I really miss you. Also, I am really proud of what you are doing. I can't wait to see you next Saturday. Be safe! BTW, I sent the website address to all the family and friends in Ky. Also, to Nathalie. I told them to drop a note, if they can. LOVE y'all, Dena/Mom
Dale Austin (+ Terri & Hannah)
Gang, just wanted to let you know that we are praying for all of you and wish you the best this week with your mission outreach.
I wanted to let you guys know that we have all of you in our prayers. We are proud of you and what you are all doing. I am sure you will be more blessed that those you are ministering to. Mom, Dad and Jess, we miss you! All is well at home. Love to you all! Laura, Tommy, Michael and Rebecca.
Good to see all the smiling faces. We look forward to hearing everything you do this week. We will keep you in our prayers. Love you Beth Love to all
Beth Anne Arnold
I couldn't resist being the first to let you all know that Peter and I will be keeping all of yall in our prayers this week. First of all for the youth I would just like to let all of you know how proud I am that you are courageous young people who are so willing to serve the Lord. Be thankful no matter what for this opportunity, there are so many young people who feel the Lord's calling and never get to witness such amazing things that I'm sure you all will this week. Be nice to your chaperones, they love you and want you to be safe! Mom, Dad, Tony, Carol, and Ted(that's all right?) Have fun and stay sane for the youth, they're depending on yall. I pray that this week will be full of many miracles to witness. I trust that God will keep you all safe in his arms. P.S. The day you all get back, I'll be having my second ultrasound to see Baby Arnold! Keep us in your prayers as well. Something just for fun, pray for Peter also, tomorrow he gets tazered ha ha!