Succotz in Belize, June 23 to June 29, 2012
We have arrived!
June 24, 2012 at 01:02 PM
The team from Holy Spirit Church arrived safely here in Belize yesterday. After taking a quick tour of the city and enjoying some pizza from Pepper's Pizza we loaded the bus and took off for Succotz and the Nazarene Church camp where we will be staying for the week. We took a short stop at a restaurant called Cheer's where we had a burrito bar and continued on our journey arriving at 8:00. We are doing well and can't wait for this wonderful week of ministry which God has planned for us.
Day One Adventures.
June 24, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Today we woke up in beautiful Succotz, Belize. After a wonderful breakfast of fry jacks we headed off to Sacred Heart Parish and participated in Mass led by Father Leo. It was a great experience to be able to worship with the people of Belize and to celebrate as one Body of Christ. Later on we headed out to do Home Visits in the community to invite them to VBS and the other activities we will be holding throughout the week and to get to know the people in the community where we will be serving. It was a great day here in Belize and we are continually humbled to think that God would allow us to join him in his work throughout the world. Thank you all for your continued prayers and we look forward to sharing with you in person when we return.
Nursing Home, VBS, & Projects
June 25, 2012 at 07:02 PM
We had an amazing day of ministry here in Belize! We started off our day by going to Octavia Waight's Nursing home in San Ignacio and doing some prayer walking/home visits around that community as well. It was a wonderful time getting to know the people at the nursing home and to share with them some songs and simple conversations. After a delicious lunch of burritos we headed back to Sacred Heart Parish and prepared for an afternoon of VBS with the Sacred Heart Primary School's standard 5 class of 150 children. It was a lot of work but well worth every drop of sweat! The children enjoyed the songs and games as much as we enjoyed getting to spend time with them. After VBS, we started our service projects of cleaning up the trash around the entire school/church campus and painting the sign out from with a fresh coat of paint. God is doing some amazing things and we are having an fantastic time getting to know him better by serving some of his children and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much for your prayers and we look forward to updating you soon!
At the top
June 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM
MIchael, Mitch, Sean, and Alec take some time out to snap a photo at the top of the biggest temple at Xunantunich, highlighting the fact that Guatemala is in the background.
Look what I found!
June 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Sabrina holds up the bell that the team found while cleaning out a room at the parish.
Praise the Lord!
June 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM
What a wonderful week is has been here in Belize. We have seen God working in amazing ways through all the different ministries we have been involved in (planned and unplanned). We have had such a great adventure the past couple days. Yesterday we were able to experience the wonder of God's creation by traveling to the mayan ruins called Xunantunich. Once at the top, we could see for miles upon miles and were able to marvel at how incredibly awesome and wonderful our God really is. After a fulfilling and reenergizing lunch we headed back to the parish where we did another afternoon of VBS fun for the children in the Standard 5 class of Sacred Heart Primary School. The group then set to work cleaning out a packed storage room that Father Leo hopes to turn into an office or classroom. The team did amazing clearing out and sorting over half of the room in only an hour! God has provided us with a nonstop supply of energy to help us in our work for him. Thank you soo much for your prayers and we can't wait to see you all again. Today we will continue to clean out the room as well as do another round of VBS and do some more home visits, prayer walks, and visiting the nursing home. This evening we look forward to packing up and traveling to the Caye in the morning for our day of rest and relaxtion. Please pray for us as we end out our week here in Succotz and travel to the island in the morning. God Bless!
Off to the Caye!
June 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
The team is well on their way to Caye Caulker to have a fun-filled day of snorkeling, sunshine, island life and delicious food. We ended our time in Succotz yesterday by finishing up our project of cleaning out a room for the parish and painting the sign out front. The children loved their final day at VBS and even sang us a couple of their own songs. Thank you so much for your prayers, God has done amazing things and has left us with no regrets. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!
Painting the Sign?
June 28, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Collin and Taryn did an amazing job painting the sign out front of Sacred Heart Parish...at least I think they did.
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Happy Birthday Elena, big 18th, be sure to tell everyone so they can sing to you!!!
Wow, I am so proud of my wonderful brother Craig and his sweetheart Amy and all of the rest of the Holy Spirit Team!!! It's great to see all of those fun and awesome photos of your trip so far. Craig, I know you are perfect for this type of mission because you're great with kids and you love tearing down messes and then bringing the rooms back to a new life (which you have done for our family several times :-) We continue to pray for you on this beautiful journey that God has planned out. I can't wait to see more photos and hear your touching stories when you return! God Bless! I LOVE YOU ALWAYS!
Tom, Nancy, and Alex Fonder
Hi Jessie and all of the Holy Spirit team in Belize. It sounds like you are having a great week in Belize and the country looks beautiful. We love you and can't wait to hear all about it. We couldn't be more proud of you! We have been keeping all of you and the people of Belize in our prayers.
Jessie's Uncle Denny
Sounds like you all are doing great and having fun at the same time. Keep up the great work. We miss you and love you Jessie!
Mitchell - what an amazing time you must be having. We can't wait to hear all about it. You are in charge of storytelling on the 4th!
What an amazing experience for you and your dad, Jess! I have a wonderful surprise for you when you get back! :) Love you tons!
We miss you all! But even though you're so far away, we feel close to you. In fact, we feel just as hot as you. It's 96 in SF!! H & T, hope your "essentials" kit is working out!! TAKE LUCK.... YOU TOO.... Love you!!!
Patty and Brian Vognild
It is so wonderful to see the updates and photos of your group in Belize. Sounds like you are having a great week doing the Lord's work. We are proud of all of you and pray for your safe return.
Hey Jess!!!!!!! So proud of you and your dad for doing this amazing work!! I'm keeping everyone posted at work!! Enjoy your wonderful experiences :D
Paul, Shirleyand Jackson Cink
Hi Lacey !! We miss you and are sooo proud of all the things you and the Holy Spirit Team are doing ! We know you all will make this a memoriable experience for the children of Belize that you are working with !! We are keeping everyone in our prayers as you continue to listen and keep your hearts open to what god is doing in your lives !!!! Thanks again to Amy and all the adult chapperones !!!!
Joel and Dar Blanchard
Love you, Taryn! We are so proud of the work you and the group are doing in Belize! We are keeping you in our prayers. God Bless! Mom, Dad and Madison
Sounds like you had a very busy day! Thank you for your good work and for being a witness to Christ to the people of Belize. We continue to pray for you all each and every day and are grateful for your service! God Bless!
Hey Everyone! Looks like things are off to a great start! Know of my continued prayers for you all! The residents are so LUCKY to have you this week! Stay safe!
Hello Pat, Michael and the Holy Spirit Team, So glad to see you arrived safe and sound and from the pictures it looks like everyone is happy and having a good time. Keeping you all in my prayers that you have a successful and rewarding week with the people of Belize. God Bless you all!
Dear Sabrina, I miss you and am looking forward to hearing about your experience. I'm so glad you were able to have this great opportunity, such a rewarding experience. I love you very much and pray for your group daily.
I have been praying for you, Emma, and for all of the Holy Spirit Group. Enjoy sharing your love for God with all of the children. I love you and will continue praying for all. Grandma
Wayne & Susan Palmer
Missing you lots Geralyn, but we know you're having a great time serving and learning. Hope you get to try out your Spanish a little bit this week! Love you lots!
Larry and Kristie Healy
Awesome pictures! As we pray for you this week, we keep in mind how you all are impacting the lives of the people you meet as well as you own. What an incredible opportunity! Keep the faith and God bless.
Jim and Julie Deis
It looks so beautiful! We miss you, Jerrica, but know you and the Holy Spirit group have so much to offer to the community you are serving. But remember that the community has a lot to share with you, too. Blessings and prayers. Love you, Mom and Dad
Dear Mitchell, Hope you are having a very rewarding experience. We love you and will be glad to have you back home.
Jim, Deb, Cole
Love the pictures, so great to know your mission is off to a wonderful start! We miss you Alec but your smile says it all! God Bless all of you and thank you for taking the time to post an update with pictures.
A big HELLO AND WE MISS YOU to Alec, who is greatly missed by his neighbors Will and Sam:( They can't wait for you to get home and tell them all about your week!! They are counting down the days until you return. Safe travels and have a great week!! We are praying for you and the Holy Spirit team this week. The Sorrell's.
Cheri and John Keena
We have been thinking about you all. You are in our prayers. I am sure you are meeting lots of new people and learning your way around. Take sure of each other.
Thinking about the Holy Spirit Team all day. Hope the trip has been fun and safe. God Bless!
Prayers with you all as you embark on your special journey to serve the people of Belize. I have enjoyed meeting many of you as you have prepared for this day and I look forward to hearing your stories upon your return. God Bless you!