Orange Walk in Belize, August 02 to August 09, 2008
by Becky Olson
August 3, 2008 at 02:20 PM
Saturday: We arrived safely and are enjoying the palm trees. Our first stop in Belize City was to visit a retirement home. We chatted and sang songs with the residents. They greeted us with big smiles and warm hearts. Onto Orange Walk one and a half hours northwest via bus. After checking into St. Christopher's Hotel we had a chance to meet the others on our 32 person team. Blessed by an early bedtime we rested.
Along with us are...
by Becky Olson
August 3, 2008 at 02:43 PM
Claire Livinstone & Laurane Harding from Ontario, Canada
VBS & Construction
by Becky Olson
August 4, 2008 at 01:26 PM
This morning we started Vacation Bible School with a church full of kids! We opened with worship, lead Bible stories with puppets, worked on crafts, and played games. Pastor Angel's wife Lianora provided a wonderful lunch. We then hit the streets of Orange Walk inviting children to VBS and the community to our Wednesday evening service. This afternoon we worked on the concrete addition to Buen Pastor Church. Tonight we'll dine out and have an early night.
by Becky Olson
August 5, 2008 at 02:01 PM
More kids...more blessings! 65 children joined us this morning for Vacation Bible School. Yesterday we taught about Reaching Out. Today we talked about Love. Another great puppet show, music, crafts and games kept us on our toes this morning. The games are being played next door on the sports field at the Louisianna Government School. We then broke up into our small groups and this time did a Prayer Walk. We prayed for businesses, people, and the community of Orange Walk as a whole. Another great lunch and onto construction. We cut steel to make forms for a concrete beam as well as continued the paint job on the outside fence, also concrete. This evening our team will be leading an adult Bible study at Buen Pastor. Ryan will be leading the men and Mary the women. The whole team will join with the people of the Buen Pastor community for the study.
Lamanai Mayan Ruins
by Becky Olson
August 6, 2008 at 05:40 PM
After a rousing morning of almost 100 kids at Vacation Bible School the team loaded the bus and headed to Lamanai Mayan Ruins. The hour and a half bus ride over rough roads lead to the beautiful rain forests. Incredible ruins and trails through 50 foot palm fronds led us to dueling howler monkeys vocally fighting above our heads over their territory. These monkeys can be heard 3 miles away with their deep growls. We heard the toucans as well but couldn't spot them. Several of the team climbed the tallest temple leading to a spectacular view. Another excellant dinner tonight and we're off to our final church service at Buen Pastor. Alex, our resident pastor on the team will speak tonight. We have been so thankful for Sarah and Ryan and their team of worship leaders this week.
Last Day in Orange Walk
by Becky Olson
August 7, 2008 at 01:55 PM
Today is our last day in Orange Walk. We started with VBS and continued this afternoon with construction. A celebration with Pastor Angel & Leonora, the cooks, bus driver,and hotel staff took place at the church as well. The team presented gifts brought for the church and community. Excellant Chinese food for dinner! Tomorrow morning we head out to Caye Caulker leaving for Belize City via bus at 5:30 am! We'll take a water taxi to the caye and stay over night there. Snorkeling, swimming, walking along the ocean, great restaurants, shopping and relaxing will be on our agenda Friday into Saturday. Friday night we'll have a closing worship service for the team. This is always a meaningful time for the team to share their highlights from the week, worship songs, and prayer under the stars. This will conclude our blogging for the week so we all look forward to seeing family and friends when we get home on Saturday. Thank you all for your encouraging words, your help in preparation for this trip, and your continued prayers!!!
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Ok it's me again!!!! Kyle I am so happy you made it to the ruins I know that was a life dream of yours and you look so happy! WOW 100 kids for VBS you guys are awesome! You must be doing a great job. We are all praying and thanks for all the photos I plan to use a few in my childrens sermon. See you at Midnight on Saturday! Love Mom
Hello...please let Taysia read this...thank you. WOW...I'm so excited and happy for you Taysia and for everyone there experiencing Gods creation and for your chance to share our Lord with others. Please thank whoever took the photo in front of the Mayan ruins...it made my heart feel so good to see you in the photo ( I love you so much )...I wish I could be with you...it sounds incredibly beautiful there with all the awesome sounds of the animals and jungle....I let your mom know to look at the updates in the website and Kysha. Enjoy Gods beauty and be thank God each day for what you are experiencing....you have a beautiful heart to serve and show Jesus your love. We miss you....can't wait to hug you.....Love you....dad
Hi, Brent and all of you wonderful kids! Sounds like the trip to the ruins was amazing. Hope everyone is well and soaking in this experience- wish I was there, too! You sure are busy! I guess you can rest when you get home. Brent, Diane Kelly sent an e-mail to say that she got your name in church and would be praying for you and your group. Everyone here misses you- Shelby and I especially. Janelle and Jason were up to the cottage and say hi. Can't wait to hear all about it when you return. We are praying for your health and safety- enjoy! Love, mom
Glad to know you're safely in Belize. Looks like you are being kept very busy spreading the Good Word. -John & Elvia Hope you're all having fun in Belize! Unfortunately when you return Cate will no longer be preaching to us because her year as seminary intern has ended...On the bright side though you are opening many people's lives to God! Can't wait till you come home. See you in ahwile*:) -Marissa<3
WOW you guys are busy. I am so proud of all of you. What a great job you are doing. I look forward to hearing more! Blessings to you all!
Mary Jane Pike
Glad to see you all arrived safelly. We talked about you guys in church this morning. Went to Cate's going away dinner tonight. Had a Mexican fiesta. Even had a pinata for the kids. Tom helped organize with the little kids. Cate made the last hit that busted it open. Have fun and do your jobs well, I know you will. Love to all. Mary Jane
Good to see the photo of the team and to hear the post for this afternoon. Amanda Johnson, I love you and am so proud of you! I sent out an e-mail to remind everyone (Aunt Mary, Uncle Jon & Ruth, Miss Gerry, Diane, Trevecca, Pastor Bill, Anne, Ruthie, Lynn, Keith, Uncle Bud, Coach Walker, my friend Sandy in Wisconsin,...) to pray for you and the whole team from Gloria Dei and you from CLSHS. Do your best work, for the those you encounter in Belize and for the glory of God. Love, Ramona Johnson
Hi Kyle I hope this note finds you safe and happy. Everyone in church prayed for all of you today! It was Cates last day at church they are having a Fiesta for her tonight . I know she will miss you all! Alec is home safe and sound and we look forward to your return and all the stories you will share. Love Mom
I know you all have arrived safely. I hope you each have a wonderful time giving back we have you all in our prayers,