Mount Carmel Academy | Belize

| June 19 to June 25, 2011

Local Host:
Staff: Jennie Pakan

Trip Journal Updates

Off and Running
by Staff | June 19, 2011
We got up early, had an early flight and arrived in Belize this morning! Right away we had a chance to go and visit the residents at a home for the elderly in Belize City. They were so sweet and precious! We got to see some of Belize City, had lunch and then drove two hours north of the airport and got settled in for the night with lots of songs and creative work with mosquito nets. There’s a fun mix of US states and churches represented here in the groups serving in other villages this week!. We look forward to a full day tomorrow!

VBS and Rain
by Staff | June 20, 2011
We had a great time kicking off VBS today. There was a LOT of rain this morning, and our first day at the primary school was really cozy. We piled into one classroom, and had a lovely morning. Here is one of our biggest fans!

Painting the Rectory
by Jennie O | June 20, 2011
We had a nice long afternoon of painting at the rectory. Everyone pitched in to get it the next step closer to complete. The ground floor now has a coat of paint on the ceiling and all the walls now. It's coming along! Our group is so spunky and fun.

A Beautiful Day
by Jennie Osterholt | June 20, 2011
We are taking water breaks, enjoying each other and having a great time. Here's a picture from our bus ride to a worship service with the other groups. Thank you for your prayers!

Choo! Choo!..All aboard
by Staff | June 21, 2011
The infant 1 class on their way to play volleyball on the newly donated net. We had our first day of a school full of children to work with at VBS and all went very well. Lots of fun and games and praising the Lord that has brought us all together.

No Place Like Home
by Staff | June 21, 2011
Andi sharing her home and the United States as a whole by drawing a map for the Standard 3 group. We shared how far our homes are from the children's but were able to be brought together through the common loves we share of music, stories, sports and most important the Lord. Thank you for your continued support, your love continues to inspire.

One Big Happy Family
by Staff | June 21, 2011
Our recent graduates of 2011 preparing to help congratulate another class of 2011. We were blessed with the opportunity to join in the celebration for the San Estevan class of 2011 at La Immaculadad church. A beautiful service and celebration followed before we headed off for dinner and some rest as we prepare for another hard day of work tomorrow.

No Mosquitoes Allowed
by Staff | June 22, 2011
The girls room with all of their mosquito nets hanging up. So far so good with avoiding as many bites as possible. Hopefully the hot weather we have been having will keep them all away!

Sharing The Love From Home
by Staff | June 22, 2011
Our group reading and enjoying all of your wonderful words from back home. We have used those words of love and encouragement to make it through a very hot day today successfully. Thank you all again and continue to keep our trip in your prayers, may God's work be done through us.

Community Visits
by Staff | June 22, 2011
Today we split into separate groups and were guided through the community of San Estevan to the sick and elderly's homes. We had some very moving conversations and were able to connect on an individual level to the elderly as we have been with the children.

Look What We Did!
by Staff | June 22, 2011
Having a little fun at dinner with the other 3 groups from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Texas who are staying in Orange Walk with us. Hope you enjoy.

Headed Home
by Bethany R. | June 25, 2011
Well the time has come that we say our goodbye's to the beautiful country and people of Belize. Christ showed up in a mighty way this past week as we allowed Him to work through us. We can't wait to get back home and share our experiences. Thank you all for your prayers!

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Laury Grow

Greetings from Wisconsin, Thanks for the memories!

Sam and Vicky

We just want to say hello to our fellow butterflies! We hope your trip has been an amazing experience! We miss and love all of you! Have a safe trip home. By the way, we loved the Don't Stop Believing video.

Ashleigh Ledet

I just wanted to say hi and that I look up to you guys so much for doing this mission trip. I know that y'all touched so many lives and it sounds like the trip has been so much fun. Enjoy your last day in Belize and save a safe journey home. Love yall and God Bless!

Betty Landreaux and Elise

Bravo and bless each of you in your special work and presence there! May you have a fun as well as life-changing adventure! Come home safely, all!


Hey Yall! Thought about u guys all day. Hope your day at the beach was awesome! You probably aren't quite ready to leave, but we miss yall sooo much. I know you hate to leave the friends you have made. Can't wait to see you tomorrow night...


hope you girls are enjoying your last day!!! I'm sure you have had a great time in Belize but I can't wait tosee you & hold you again. I guess this is practice for when you leave for college (which BTW is going to kill me if this week is any indication) I'm just kidding. I'm soooooo proud of all of you. I'm sure it is very hot & humid & uncomfortable but you always have big smiles on your faces. See you soon. Love Margarite


Oh my goodness-i just watched the video...fantastic! I feel like this week has flown by, but im sure it went faster for all of you! I can not wait to hear all about the trip- as soon as you get back we are going to have breakfast down in the bywater so i can hear all about it! Safe travels home kiki, whit and crew cant wait to see you! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Em

Rossana Hnatyshyn

...missing your updates :( However, I can imagine that tiredness is setting in a little bit in all of you but don't despair, get your second wind because today is your day to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Belize. Have fun, be safe. I hope you enjoy your day that you all deserve so much. Love you, mom.

Terri Smith

Woke up, got coffee and pulled up the journal- boo, hoo. I have so enjoyed seeing and hearing from you guys. Then I remembered you are in a foreign country and there are always glitches. Today, the feast of St. John the Baptist, thirty years ago, Our Lady of Medjugorje came to earth for the first time, to call all of us back to Her Son - Jesus. I imagine She smiles upon each of you today as you walk in the footsteps of Our Lord. Mirjana, the visionary, told me once to say your first Hail Mary of the day for the nonbeliever to feel the love of God because once they feel God's love they can not help but believe. She said it is the nonbeliever that causes so much strife in our world. Your work is part of the Church's mission on Earth. I will pray that the love of God surround each of you in a way you have never experienced before. Have a great day!!! Love, Mom and Mrs. Terri

Jessie Smith

The video made me laugh so hard I started crying! Y'all are hysterical! I love all of y'all, and I'm so proud of you! Y'all inspire me! I only hope when I'm older that I can be as amazing and as giving as you all are! To Katherine, I've kind of taken over your room! (: Love you sis! I can't wait for you to come home!! Enjoy the time you have left in Belize! I can't wait to hear all of your amazing stories!

Missy Ball

Hi Katie, From the pictures and video it looks like you are having fun with your group and meeting some nice people. Sounds like ya'll are very busy with VBS, painting and visiting the elderly and sick. This trip will have memories you will never forget. God Bless you and the people you are assisting. Miss you. Bet the mosquito net and fan are coming in handy. Love Mom

Sherry Craig

Then I saw her face. Now I'm a Belizer. Not a trace of doubt in my mind!!! I'm in love, ooohh, I'm a Belizer, ... Really enjoyed the video!!!

David and Margarite

Love the Flash Mob Dance girls!!!!! Looks like you are all having a great time! I am sure they are glad to have you down there and helping out. Stay safe and see you soon!

Kristen's Madre

You now have international flash mob status! I am so jealous! I am also one of your biggest Beliezer's. Your joy is contagious. God bless you. Love, Madre, Ms. E., Ang...

Gilly and Maggie Jaunet

We love seeing your smiling faces spreading happiness -- you are having a wonderful time and everyone can see the love you share. We continue to pray for you all. We are SO proud of the great work you are doing! Especially enjoyed the Carmel-style cafeteria flash mob! You are such blessings to the whole group.

Linda Aguilar

You guys were great in the video! Be safe, have fun, and see you soon!

Jane Mickal

WOW! GLORY TO GOD! How Our Mama Mary is smiling over all of you! BLESSED BE THE HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS! Your picture says it all!! I am soooooo proud of you and happy for you and wish that I were able to have joined you! You all are so very, very beautiful! Can't wait to see and hear in person about the GRACE you have received from your gift of self. God bless you and keep you and all those who have blessed your lives through this gift from Our Father close to HIS HEART! All my love and prayers, Mrs. Mickal

Siobhan Michel

Love the video! Can't believe you actually got Jeanne up to sing AND dance! Great idea with the mosquito nets! I love checking up on you all each day - keep those pictures and updates coming! Miss you and see you soon! Love Mom

Terri Smith

Thanks for sharing the video. Whoever made that a reality is a real gift. You guys made us smile and laugh from very far away. Glad to see everyone is having fun. Praise God in all things. Love you Zoe' and I can't wait to see you and all your pictures. Love, Mom

Pam Flotte

It is so good to see your smiling faces each day. The pictures from day one express the "unique" personalities of this group! What fun you are having doing God's work! Unfortunately I cannot open the link for the video on any of our computers and my computer techs are away on a mission trip! I'm praying for your blessings from God each day and your safe return to NOLA! Love you, MOM/Pam


looks like your net and bedding worked. Hallelujah-I was really worried that you would be bitten up. Love the video! I have to share it. its kinda like a mini flash mob........Your cousin left today, she will miss you. I gave her back her SD card. We miss you lots. See you soon. xoxoxoxoxmom


Love, love, love the video. So creative and awesome for the NOLA women!! Go ahead and strut your stuff! You are all an inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing:) Continue to pray for you all each day! xoxoxxo

Rossana Hnatyshyn

I love the video. It was great seeing all of you enjoy your time as well as doing a great service to the community. I was glad to see that you guys were actually able to hang the mosquito nets; very creative! Still, don't forget to spray the mosquito repellent, please. Alexandra, I can't wait to hear all your stories and places that you visited. ...waiting for you with open arms. I love you sweetie. Mom.

Mary Landry

Absolutely love the video !! That was just awesome and can tell you guys are having the time of your lives. God bless you !


Zoe, love you and miss you tons. Wow, Zoe. You inspire me. You wanna go to Victor's and have pizza and a sundae? Rockin the new do, I see. Love, d

Donna Colosino

I love reading about what you are doing each day and seeing the pictures. I am so glad you are enjoying it! Isn't it amazing that, with God, when you GIVE, you actually GET so very much in return. I am so proud of you and happy for you... and praying for you. I have said a rosary for you every day of your trip. I am thinking of you all as you touch the face and the hearts of God's precious ones. Be well, my beautiful girls. Give Ms. Garmon a hug from her friend.


Thanks for keeping us posted. Looks like Mission Trip Belize is in full swing and very successful! (Andi, please be nice to the children). Luv Yall.

Siobhan Michel

Looks like you all are doing some pretty amazing things! It takes special people to do this and you guys are it! Jeanne - looks like your sister may be staying in Baton Rouge a little while longer than we thought. Fill you in when you come home - don't worry, she's not going to be staying in your place! Love you all! God Bless!

Kristen's Nan & Tio!!!!

Hope y'all are having a great time! It's Wednesday and our little Kristen (Nio) will not be here for dinner. We miss you and can't wait to see you. Hank misses you too. Hi to Whitney. You should have some interesting stories to tell. Have fun!!!!!! Love, Nan & Tio


Wow you have been busy! Looks like you are having a great time with the local kids! Did you eat a tamale? Can not wait to hear all your stories. Love you lots! xoxoxoxxoxomom

Mary Landry

Jennifer, the pictures show just how much you and your friends are enjoying this experience. You are making such a difference in the lives of those children, and I am just so proud of all of you. Take plenty of pictures ! I miss you so much and my heart is filled with love for you. Every day you amaze me ! Look forward to more postings from your trip. Love Mom

Rossana Hnatyshyn

I'm glad that you are all adjusting and enjoying the culture. I wish I could have had some of those tamales you said, sweetie. I'll keep on praying that you continue to have great days with the children and everything else you are all doing. Take pictures as I cannot wait to see through your eyes what a wonderful journey you are having. I'm so proud of you. Love you, Mom.

Margaret Michel

Jeanne - we are so proud of you and the work you do to helo others. Our prayers are with you all. Stay safe and enjoy your time helping others in Belize. Love you!

Lindsay Hernandez

Hello Katherine and crew!!! I am currently sitting in your kitchen eating cheese and cracker and sipping on your mom's yummy smoothie. I am so Proud of each and every one of you! Miss you tons and cant wait to hear all the stories! shout out to Mrs. Hode!!! Holla! Have fun Girls!! Lindsay

Kristen's Aunt Tracy

I'm so proud of the work you're doing! That picture is another story though!!! Don't forget that you're invited to Grand Isle next,crabbing, tanning, and lots of fun! Hey to Whitney! Have a safe trip back.

Maw Maw

Sounds like you are having a wonderful experience and learning a lot more for Cum. Praying that you stay well and enjoy everything. The Blessed Mother has Her mantle of protection around you and praying for Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ to be with you - Jesus I trust in You. Love, Maw Maw

Jeanne Flotte

PS Nice hat, Captain Dave

Jeanne Flotte

Catherine and Dad--Looks like yall are having fun! Glad to see everyone made it there in one piece. The pictures are great! Thinking and praying for all of you while im hanging in BR! Love ya, Jeanne


looks like you are working hard and having fun. Hope its spirtually rewarding for all of you. Love you and miss you lots. xoxoxoxox Mom

Rossana Hnatyshyn

I'm so proud of you Alexandra!! You are all touching so many lives and making such a positive difference in everyone around you. You are truly God's hands at work. Keep up the good work!!! I love you and miss you. Big kiss. Don't forget to put mosquito repellent! Mom.

Gilly Jaunet

We are so proud of you off having an adventure! Glad you made it safely -- can't wait to read about your first day's accomplishments. You are my heroes -- much love and prayers!


Looks like you're all having a great time. The best part of that picture it looks like a beautiful day and no rain in sight. Keeping my fingers crossed for more days just like that. Sarah, Daddy won!!! yay can't wait to hear more!


Good job child. I am proud of you. See you when you return.

Jeanne's Nanny and Uncle Danny

We are so proud of you for helping the people in Belize!!! You are a wonderful young lady, keep up all of your good work. Our prayers are with all of you and stay safe and enjoy yourself. Lots of Love Nanny and Uncle Danny

Terri Smith

Dear Zoe', Hard work and determination and one can see their goals achieved. You worked hard to make this trip a reality and I am proud of you. I am glad that I backed out of God's way and put my maternal instincts on hold long enough to see this become a reality for you. I am so very proud of all of you!!! Jesus' mission on Earth was to teach us to love and serve and that is what you all set out to do. What an inspiration you are. Be safe, take lots of pictures. I love you dearly, Mom

Jessie Smith

Hey Ka Ka! I'm so proud of you for helping in Belize! You are such an amazing person and I look up to you! I miss you soo much! I can't wait to see you and hear about all of your great experiences! I love you! Congrats to all of y'all!

Leila Lewis

Hi, Alexandra! I hope that you find this a very fulfilling and inspiring experience. I am proud that you are trying to make a difference in the world.


Hi Andi: I am so happy yall made it safe and sound. Miss u! Try to write soon.

Margaret Gravolet

David, Catherine, Andi and the rest of the group - glad you guys made it! I'm praying for you. Stay safe and spread God's word.

Sherry Craig

So glad y'all made it safely. Can tell from the picture that y'all are really serious about this trip! Keep up that attitude! Love your spirits!!!


Yay! Love the picure in the backwards shirts! Hope all is going well in Belize! Kiki i hope all the outfit choices are working out well! I am praying for you all everyday, so jealous of all the wonderful things you will be doing as i am sitting in summer school! Have a great time and DO GOOD! love, em

Stephen Ball "Father"

Hey Katie. Glad you made it to Belize. How did the Mesquito net work out? I heard that the temps will be in the low 80's--thats good. Also, looked like you may be getting some rain--glad you have the ponchos- Take care and God bless!!

Diane S. Baker

Hi Andi - I am so proud of you - taking this trip - spreading the gospel. I was reading about JOY today - one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Meditate on Him while you are in Belize and others will see Him (joy) in you! Take care and be safe. Love - Auntie Diane


Hey Andi! Glad you made it to Belize! Yall look like you're having a good time--I know this trip will be a great experience for you. Hope to see you soon! Love, Les (aka "purp")

Linda Aguilar

Hey NOLA Girls and Guy, Great picture! Hope everyone is doing well and have a wonderful week. Let us know how you're doing. Andi, Aqui kicks her paw and misses you!! Tia

Lolo Hobbs

Glad to hear of your safe arrival. Love, love, love the pictures. Please continue to post some. We do like to see your sweet faces :) How many mosquito bites so far? xoxox Mom


You made it! So proud of you for all your hard work getting there! Sounds like you had some challenges with the mosquito nets (wish I could have witnessed it for a laugh) Hope you enjoy every minute of it. Love Mom xoxoxox

Jeanne's GM

Looks like the beginning of a life-changing week & am so proud of the group. You'll always be remembered by the locals - so give this your best effort! Take care, work hard & stay safe. Jeanne, who knows, there may be a stray Boxer hanging around that needs your special touch! Love you always....

Rossana Hnatyshyn

I hope you all had a good night sleep after a long day of traveling. I'm so proud of all of you for such determination to make a difference. Bless you all. Alexandra, we miss you. Stay safe, always together and wash your hands! ps/ I hope they fix the bathroom. Love, Mom.

Mary Landry

Glad to hear all you made in there safely. What an amazing experience you will have ! Jennifer, I am so proud of you for the young lady you have grown to be, and the love and compassion you show for others. I cannot wait to hear of all the wonderful things you and your friends will experience on this trip. Love to you and your group! Mom

Angela Elliott Hode

Glad to hear of your safe arrival - praying for y'all. Remember: small acts - great love. Love you! Ang/Madre

Siobhan Michel

I am very proud of all of you for sharing your time and talents to those in Belize. We are praying for you and know you are sure to make a difference out there! Be careful and we love you Jeanne! STAY AWAY FROM THE ANIMALS! Mom

Nancy Selser

I am thinking about you Rachel! I love you, and I am proud that you are doing something so important. You are making a difference in the children's lives you are helping. You will have an unforgettable experince and you will be a better person for it. Love you! Have a great time with your friends, Love, Mom

Pam Flotte

Hi All! Have been thinking of you and praying for you today. I'm looking forward to reading about your daily experiences and people you will touch on your trip. Happy Father's Day, David. I love you! And all my love to Catherine.

Rossana Hnatyshyn

To all: Got a text from Alexandra and they made it to Belize at 11:33 am. Alexandra: Love you sweetie. Mom.

Liz Newell

I'M SO PROUD TO SAY YALL DID IT AND ARE GOING. What an accomplishment. Now all there is to do is to go and change lives. Leave your mark on people's hearts and fill them with the unique spirit I know all of you possess in your own personalities. Love you all and don't remember to flutta! Muah!


Yall haven't left yet, just testing out blogging, haven't done it before. Will check back tomorrow to see how the flight there went. Over and out.......

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