Pomona in Belize, July 24 to July 31, 2010
Waiting for arrival!
by Jason Swartz
July 24, 2010 at 06:11 AM
This morning it is bright and sunny in Belize. The PPM staff await the arrival of the team. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the airport in a couple of hours. We will be traveling west, then south to Pomona on Belize's most beautiful drive, the Hummingbird Hwy! We will be checking into our lodging and getting ready for a youth night right away. I look forward to posting more information and pictures as I have a chance to find internet. Thanks for all your prayers as we begin our mission trip today!
And we're off!
by Jason Swartz
July 25, 2010 at 06:34 AM
We arrived safely in Belize yesterday. After loading up our bus, we headed west toward the Capitol City of Belmopan, and then south on the hummingbird Hwy to Pomona. Before reaching Pomona, we were able to stop at the Hosanna House children's home. There are 25 residences at the home. The children come from abusive families. When we reached our lodging, we unloaded our gear and got back on the bus to head to a dinner of rice, chicken, mashed potatoes, and bread pudding. The women who are cooking for us at the church this week are outstanding. Last night we were able to interact with the youth through songs, testimonies, games, and fellowship. This morning we are getting ready for church. The picture attached to this entry is of Frank and his 2 month old son. Frank will be helping out the construction effort.
July 25, 2010 at 01:20 PM
At Children's church this morning, there was a full house with children joining us from Hope Creek and Pomona as well as the surrounding rural areas. There were skits to be seen, stories to be enjoyed, songs to be sung, coloring to be done, and games to be played! We've enjoyed learning about the children and youth as there is no language barrier to work around. This afternoon, we look forward to getting out into the community to invite people to the ministries before we enjoy a homecooked Belizean meal and participate in this evening's church service. We appreciate your prayers for these ministries and look forward to seeing God move in Belize!
Sunday Night Service
July 26, 2010 at 02:37 PM
Sunday Evening was a success! After being spoiled with a great meal of meatballs, rice & beans, plantains, coleslaw, and johhny cakes by the women of the church we were introduced to worship Belizean style. We learned new praise songs, the whole church sang a birthday song to Pastor Lee and some of the small girls sang a special song for us as their guests! We were able to participate by doing a modern day David & Goliath skit followed by Pastor Lee's sermon calling everyone to resist satan and follow Jesus more closely in our lives.
The Doctors are In!
July 26, 2010 at 08:40 PM
Today was the first day of the medical clinic, and we kept our doctors and team busy with a steady stream of patients from morning until supper time. We were able to serve over 110 people from Pomona and the surrounding villages. Many Bibles were also handed out as we were able to talk with the people as they were waiting to be seen.
The Work is Plenty
July 26, 2010 at 08:51 PM
Vacation Bible School was described as organized chaos, today. We had Bible lessons, memory verses, games, crafts, and lots of fun. We were surprised and happy to learn that the children still remembered what the different colors we'd painted on our soccer balls represented! We were given a run for our money on the volleyball court and soccer is continually a favorite at the sports camp.
July 26, 2010 at 09:32 PM
Pictured: the guys are working with rebar for the foundation. It comes in very long rods and must be cut and tied together to strengthen the cement foundation.
St. Herman's Cave
July 29, 2010 at 07:54 AM
Pictured: we enjoy the shade upon entering the mouth of St. Herman's Cave.
July 29, 2010 at 08:10 AM
The women's Bible study was very encouraging as we learned that Belize has some very strong prayer warriors among the women. Far exceeding our expectations, 22 women joined us for the evening, and we were able to enjoy fellowship, study, and prayer together. Praise the Lord, He is good!
July 29, 2010 at 08:34 AM
Wednesday was quite the day as we packed in VBS, a visit to the Hosanna House children's home, door-to-door visits, construction, the medical clinic, and an evening evangelism service. The ladies of the church are treating us to wonderful Belizean food - today we tried breadfruit and tamales - and many of us have received various other edible gifts as we visit with new friends! Each day, more children join us in the morning to learn Bible stories and play; many hearts have been stolen by the bright faces that call out "back me!" which means "can I have a piggy back ride?"
July 29, 2010 at 09:48 PM
The weather was beautiful today as we ended our time in Pomona. Somehow, we were able to fit all of the children from both villages into the church sanctuary for our closing VBS, and it was quite a sight (and sound for that matter)! All together, there were over 250 children on the very last for VBS. We were also given a warm closing ceremony by the church this evening when many thanks were expressed on both ends.
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Hannah: Hey I hope you're having a great time. I just wanted you to know I've been praying for you and can't wait for you to come back home. I want you to know I love you like a sister and really can't wait till you and your mom come home. I love you both!!! Jennifer
Russell Hodges Barnwell FBC
Rena and Hannah: we miss you and are praying for you. Lilla ask every night when you will be home. Nanny and Ju-ju said they love and miss you both. Looking forward to your return home. Love Mia, Lilla, Austin, and Russell
Donna Croft Barnwell FBC
missing you all bunches hope you are having an amazing journey!! love and prayer always!!
Leah sends her love to Mama, Daddy, Grandma Polly, Uncle Dan, Aunt Kendra, Uncle Jason, Aunt Heather, Uncle Steve, and Aunt Carrie. She's doing great and can't wait to see Mama and Daddy on Saturday. She's been playing, eating, sleeping, going for walks and shopping. PJ is well, also, and sends his hugs.
Hey Guys!! I am very proud of you guys and missing yall like crazy. Yall are really doing a great thing and these kids appreciate this so much. God has worked wonders through all of yall. I hope yall are having fun and it is not to hot. Rachel I Love You so much and miss you like crazy. Hey Katie and Julia, Love yall to. Cant wait to see ya.
Swart Family: So excited and proud of your family for letting God use you in an amazing way this week in Belize. Love to read the posts and see the pictures. Praying for good health and safety for you all and most of all for God to use you all in amazing ways!!!
Carolyn & Roy
Hi to all the Swartz gang. Glad to see the pictures and that you have having a good time. We have had rain and wind here - Polly your garage door will not open when you get home - we turned off the power to the garage as the light came on stayed on. Hoping and praying for a safe trip back and will be anxious to hear all the stories
The Deer Family
Katie, James, Julia, Elliot and Rachel, Hope everthing is going well for you in Belize today. I can't beleive it is already Wed, I know time is flying by too fast for ya'll. The Lord is surely pleased with the work ya'll are doing. Keep it up, we are praying daily for all of you. I know the Lord is guiding all of you with witnessing. Keep the Lord close to you he will not let you down. The children seem to be so happy, just think of all the precious lives you are touching and think of all the seeds you are planting. You are making an impact on all of their lives, and your lives are also being changed. Stay safe and know that we love each of you very much!!!!
Dennis,Carolyn & Kayla Black
Hello Katie,James and Racheal & everyone else , praying God's blessing on each of you. Thanks for giving up part of your summer to share His love with people in Belize. We hope to see them in heaven one day. Bless you all !
Danika, Kian, Kael, Kade, Conni and Kent
Swartz Team: Everyone sends their love and prayers for your safety and ministry. We really enjoy the pictures and blogs. Keep up the good work for Him.
Dana Williams and Heidi Padgett
Miss you and love you!!! Can't wait to see you and the pictures that you have taken on this adventure. Along with the stories and memories that you are making on this trip to Belize. Hope you are having a wonderful time shining your light for GOD. We know that you are. Have loved seeing the posts on Facebook and the picture of you with the nurses mask is PRICELESS. This photo will be so enjoyed by many others whenever you get married and we plan your rehearsal dinner and show that picture to all. LOLOLOLOL.
Julia, Rachael and Elliot, Hope you are having fun while doing the Lord's work. I miss you very much and will continue to pray for the whole crew. Take care and God bless.
Dale R. Whiting
Dan & Kendra, I am praying for health, strength and safety as you minister this week. But most of all, that some will come to know the LORD as a result of your team efforts and ministry.
Crawfords (WV Prayer Team)
We are praying for you Derrick along with your trip mates. I have shown the kids the website and some pictures so they can grasp what a wonderful thing you are doing. Keep up the good work and tell everyone you see about Jesus.
Tammy C Still
HaPpY bIrThDaY tO you LEE......May your day be filled with many BLESSINGS...we are continuing to pray for you all on a Daily basis. We hope you are all having a GReat time with the fellowship of one another and others...Can't tell you all enough how PROUD we are .
Chuck & Joanni Long
Hey Rachel, was glad to hear that y'all made it. Uncle Chuck is doing better with you being there!!! We are real proud of you and the young adult your are becoming. Stay safe and we love ya and will pray each and every day for your group. Tell Katie hey and I miss her too! Love ya
James and Cindy Deer
Hello from Ulmer SC, hope all is well. Things here are just like you left them, HOT!!! Rachel, we are so proud of you and everyone on this trip, the pictures and blog Ryan is doing is great, Thank YOU!!! GOD has definitly answered your prayers Rachel, you asked for it and HE is delivering, I can't wait to hear the stories you will tell when you get home. True Fiath Ministries is keeping up with ya'll on the internet and many prayers are being prayed for ya'll. Trey, Alice, Astrid Granny and Aunt Doris send their love to you Rachel. Keep up the good work!!!
Just a note to say that we are praying for you every day and I am on FB several times a day to check on your progress! Elliot and Julia, hello, and I hope you are having the time of your life! God is with you!
Derrick and Valerie, We are praying for each of you, as well as your whole group. I am so encouraged by reading the blogs and knowing that GOD is already working. People at Cross Lanes Baptist in Cross Lanes, West Virginia are also praying for your group and your journey!
Leah sends her love to her mama and daddy. She is doing great and had a big swimming playdate today with Jace. She is going to Jackson for more visiting tomorrow. Leah-bear will have lots of pictures to show her parents when they get home. G'ma and grandad are doing well and send their love, also.
I am prayng for you to have a wonderful experience in Belize. Thanks for allowing God to use you this week to make a difference in that community. You hve such a special way of showing His love. Never change let your light shine ! kayla says Hi and she is praying for you Love Carolyn
Katie Just wanted to let you know I am praying for you and everyone God puts in your path this week. As you walk the streets of Bellize and pray for the lost there, remember you are being prayed for too.. As you wrap your arms around a little ones neck showing them God loves them, remember God is wrapping His spiritual arms around you showing you the same. As you share your story with someone there remember to share His story too. . May He bless you for being His missionary there. Kayla says she loves you and is praying too. Love ,Carolyn
Praying for you, for safety, and that your work would bring glory to Him!
Mom and Chick I hope yall are doing good. I just wanted to say how proud of you that I am and I am looking foward to hearing the stories and seeing all of the pictures of how God is using yall to make a differance thier in Belize. Everbody here is doing fine so don't worry about us. Tell Christy I said hey and I miss yall. Ellie sends her love. I look foward to seing yall soon. I will be praying for yall. I love yall. Daddy J.
So glad you made it safe babe! Can't wait to hear all the great things that will happen this upcoming week! I am constanly praying for you and the group! I miss you tons! I love you!
Tammy C Still Bwell FBC
Great to hear of your arriving safe...followed you guys on Delta Airlines...Lauren kept up with them...we have also had a hard time finding the password to comment...we will hopefully get the word out...May God be with you and Bless you with the passion when sharing his word. I love and miss you D and Val...
Danika, Kian, Kael, Kade, Conni and Kent
We have been praying that you have a safe trip and that your testimonies will lead several to Christ. Have a great week! Love from all of us.