Trinity Lutheran Church | Belize

| June 21 to June 27, 2008

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Trip Journal Updates


Our Blog is Finally Up!
by Angie | June 23, 2008
We are excited to let you know that we got to Belize safely (sorry about the delay)! Our arrival in Belize was one of heat, humidity, and friendly faces at about 12pm. We loaded a bus and headed to Liberty House (an orphanage). We played soccer with the kids, read books, and met Miss Natalie. Our next stop was the Global Village Hotel, the Praying Pelican staff headquarters in Belize, for a late lunch/early dinner. After getting some fuel for our stomachs, we set off for our hotel, St. Christopher’s in Orange Walk; it took about an hour, Belizean time to get there. We received our room assignments and got settled in. Our evening meeting consisted of a welcome from our trip leader, hearing of some rules and guidelines, a time of sharing some fun memories from the day, and a discussion about tomorrow’s schedule.
Sunday morning we went to Orange Walk Nazarene Church. Some sat in the Sunday school and were soon in charge of the class. The superintendent started the class, but said he wanted the group to lead it, so they read stories from their donation supplies and sang songs. We met Pastor Rick and his wife; she did a message directly from a passage and shared about how it applies to life. There was singing and Cody did his testimony. Lunch was beef, rice, and a variety of fresh fruit-papaya, bananas, and watermelon. After lunch, we walked through the village inviting people to Vacation Bible School. Some people we saw were from the church, so we acknowledged that we saw them that morning, which they seemed to appreciate. Those that were not at church that morning were still very receptive to our invitation and visits. When we returned to our hotel, showers and naps were greatly appreciated. We met for our missions training at 5pm and had dinner at 5:45pm; the spaghetti was wonderful as was the garlic bread and pineapple juice. Our bus ride to the church was pretty short. The service was inspirational service with an open microphone. Kevin and Cathy shared testimony/verses and we all sang songs. For our evening meeting, we had some praise and worship, went over highlights from the day and heard about tomorrow’s schedule; sounds like some good, hard work is coming our way! Thanks for your prayers!


Monday's Journal
by Angie | June 24, 2008
Monday morning for breakfast we had fried Jacks, eggs, papaya, and orange juice. Today our work project was to paint the Sunday school room and to work on the roof of the church. For lunch we had beans and rice, jerk chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, and fruit. Some of our group tried coconut. For sports ministry we did basketball. Next, was VBS with another group. The total head count for VBS was 70 kids. Dinner was at Sing Wong Chinese Restaurant. We then walked across the street to have a meeting at the hotel. We shared highlights, had worship time, and played Belize trivia.


Day 4
by Angie | June 24, 2008
This morning for breakfast we had cantaloupe, eggs, tortillas, and papaya juice. Today’s work projects included: finishing the roof and the shutters which went much better than they did yesterday. When the Sunday school teacher saw that the roof of the classroom was finished, her face lit up! Thank you for your prayers for the weather; the rain held off until we were done and there was cloud cover which was a blessing from the direct heat of the sun. We played some basketball for a while and a little football; many of those that played with us followed to VBS at the church. There were many kids that came to VBS; some from yesterday and quite a few new ones. Today, the children participated by doing hand motions to the songs today that did not yesterday. One group even wanted to sing all 12 of the songs in the songbook. The evening went well with dinner and a team meeting.


Mayan Ruins
by Angie | June 25, 2008
This morning we had an early start with another great breakfast that included fry jacks! We then loaded the bus and headed for Lamanai, the Mayan Ruins. Lots of bug spray was applied and we were ready to hear some history (and climb the tallest ruin). We took our time (about an hour and a half of it) exploring the forest in which it would only take ten minutes to walk through; our guide had quite a bit of information to share with us. Seeing monkeys and toucans was a definite highlight for many. For lunch, we ate sandwiches at a picnic pavilion. Most of our group went swimming in the New River Lagoon. Our relaxing mid-week time was completed as we rode back on the bus to the hotel. We set out for the sports ministry; many more children came today than yesterday. They followed us back to the church for VBS. There were about 75 kids there today; they behaved very well and seemed to know all the songs now. We had dinner at the church – chicken, pork, fries, and fried plantain. After dinner there was a service at the church; Kenny and Donovan, two children from VBS, came to the church. Cody, Tim, Becky, Kristen, Josh, Sam, Melissa, Quinn, and Jody shared their testimonies. A God thing from today: it rained quite a bit on the way to the ruins, but stopped when we got there. The weather was rainy again on the way back from the ruins, but held up while we did VBS, then rained while we had a service inside. God is good! Praise be to God!


Final Day of Work
by Angie | June 26, 2008
Today we got up early and got right to work on our projects- the Sunday school building, the roof on the church, and painting inside and out. We had lunch and did sports ministry. Our VBS went well with over 100 children in attendance. Dinner was hamburgers, fries, and salad. We then went back to the church for a service to thank the church for allowing us to serve with them; there were prayers and fellowship. Refreshments were chips, cheese, and orange punch. We had our nightly meeting with worship. Thank you for your prayers as we served our God with all that we are!


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Nancy Otrhalik

Today you are enjoying snorkelling on the beautiful shores of Belize. The pictures you have sent are wonderful! Thank God for the children you have reached with VBS and sports camp. Prayers for a day to remember, seeing God's wonderful creation!!! Kevin and Laura, don 't forget your meds tomorrow! Can't wait to hear about your wonderful journey this week!


Big Sis

Hey Lil Sis & Chris .... Where has this week gone? Soon you will be home with a sense of fulfillment in your hearts and (oh what is the word I am looking for?) that you have done a good job doing God's will and spreading the word of our savior. I can't wait to hear about all your adventures. Glad to read Dawn's blurb about Dad and knowing that he is well taken care of and watched after until he is ready to return to his own home. Tomorrow Papa and I are going 'up the hill' to Portola. Our mission is to get a post office box up there (we need that to establish residency). Will explain that one to ya when you get home. I am sure we will stop by the small museum there and spend a couple of hours 'bending the curator's ear' with memories (she is in charge of writing the town's history....book #3). I don't mind the trip as long as I get to have breakfast at my favorite cafe. Well, have a safe trip home. God be with and protect you both.


Stuart & Samantha

Hi Spencer, I hope you are having a fun time in Belize and learning and teaching a lot about God's grace. We both cannot wait to see you soon. Love, Stuart & Samantha


Alan Grossmann

Dear Ambassadors of Christ! We are so proud of all of you and have really enjoyed the website and notes from the prayer warriors here in the states. Thank you all for representing Trinithy for us and being out delegates for Christ. Not everyone is called to the mission field and God has blessed you with the call. Thanks for responding with "Here am I send me!" I remember when I came back from 2 years in the Peace Corps in West Africa, I came off the plane and almost kissed the ground because I was so happy to be back in the U.S. Also, share your excitement with others when you get back, but don't be surprised when people who haven't traveled abroad don't quite understand what you have experienced. Hopefully your enthusiasm will spark a desire to go on the next trip that Trinity or another mission agency has. Those of us who have traveled abroad have a better understanding of the circumstances you have encountered, and will enjoy the stories you have to tell and the memories it will bring back for us. I look forward to your return and the growth you;ve made on this new chapter in your life. Thanks again for your great commitment to our Savior. You may never realize the impact you have made until you get to heaven and you see the results. Listen to Ray Boltz's song "Thank You." Your are in my thoughts and prayers, Alan Grossmann


Aunt Chris

Hi Spencer ~ I'm at my doctor's appointment, waiting to see the doctor. Then I go over to the hospital for the IVIG treatment again. I should get home on Saturday, if not Sunday for sure. I can't wait to hear all your stories. May God Bless each and everyone of you as you travel home to your loved ones. Makes sure to bring lots of pictures. I love you! Aunt Chris


Allison

Hey Dad ! Hey Sissy! I hope you both are having lots of fun! I wish I could be there to see all the Mayan Ruins and see how different the wildlife is down there. Be sure to take lots of pictures!!! P.S. We had an uninivited guest sneak into our house and we're hoping it will go away or kick the bucket soon.


Tyler

Spencer ~ Well, to be honest I'm at a baseball practice right now, but having my brother and Aunt Chris send you a short note. I hope you are having fun in Belize and meeting a lot of new people. Have you taught VBS yet? How is the sports camp going? See you this weekend. Have a safe trip back home. Tyler (your other favorite cousin) :)


Kyle Richardson

Hey Spencer ~ How are things going on your mission trip. I have been running with the cross country team. How has your weather been there? It has not been too bad here. Are you sleeping in a hotel or camping like your Mom, Sam and Stuart are in Alpena? I will see you on Sunday at Grandma and Grandpa's house for a cookout. My parents are out at the lake house tonight as tomorrow they are tearing down the old house, so we can start to build the new cottage. Your favorite cousin Kyle :)


Aunt Kathy and Uncle David

Hello Dylan and Kathy, very glad to hear that you guys are doing well. Isn't it great to be where you are and a challenge too. Keep up the good work, be flexable, look for God moments, they will shine when you least expect them.


mom

Hi Dylan, I love reading about what you are doing each day in Belize. I'm sure it's really hot and humid there. It is raining here today and it's suppose to rain the rest of the week. I hope Kathy and everyone else is taking pictures because I'm sure you are not. It feels wonderful to help others, doesn't it? I hope you know how proud I am of you. Love Mom


Samantha and Mom

Hi Spencer, We are enjoying our time in sunny Alpena... camping is "GREAT FUN". We can not wait to have you back "home" with us. We are looking forward to hearing all about your mission trip, all the people you met and things you did. Your Dad and I are so proud of you and all of the team putting your love for God to work for others. There is no greater calling then sharing our Lord to all who will hear. I love and miss you - Love Mom Hi Spencer! I hope you are having a great trip. You are lucky you didn't have to camp as long as we have! I can't wait till you come home and tell us all about it!! Love,Sam


Pam Rhodes

HI Chelsey , I come home from work and get right on the computer to see how everyone is doing,Great group picture everyone is smiling look 5 pounds thinner, and a little darker. I so proud of all of you it sounds like your working hard,and have a great big fan club of kids over there. Continue the great work , Praying for all of you, We know your making a difference ! Miss ya and Love ya Mom, Dad, Megg Sarah, and the rest of the family.


Tracy

Hey Gloria/Chris Very happy to see that you guys made it well and are in the throes of doing what you love to do. Keep your minds free and absorb as much of the culture there that you can. Bobby was in to see Chet on Sunday, but I was out of town. They watched carving videos together. I hope to get out there to see him at the new place soon. I had a small surgery yesterday and am recovering nicely. No need to worry...Bobby has been taking good care of me. Hang in there and don't worry too much about home. It seems that everyone is in good hands back here. Keep us posted and we will do the same! Take care!


Dawn Smith

Hi, Mom! (Gloria Norris) Writing to update you on Gramps. He is in the Lawton rehab center - was transferred Monday. They're watching his hemoglobin level - he had one more transfusion over the weekend - normal "issue" for an ortho injury. If he needs another one, he'll be taken to Paw Paw hospital as an outpatient, then return to center. He was put in a tiny, dark room with no window & was CRABBY for the first time - I traded social worker cookies for a new room for grampa (she said I didn't really have to bring cookies, but I will anyway). New room has window overlooking courtyard. His spirits are now good - he realizes what/why things need to be done. He's had visitors from church, Anne, Mary, me and the kids. I think Uncle Ron & Detra are coming Friday (??). Lot of details I'll tell you next week. I think he'll be there at least a month or two, but it depends on him. I brought him his TV from home. Cell phones do not work there - no signal. Write back if there's anything I missed that you're wondering about. Love, Dawn


DeWayne Drummond

Hi Tim, Gals everything is going well and I'm sure you are haveing a good time. Had to zoom in on the picture to find you. Looks like you are all set to go fishing. Have a great time. Uncle DeWayne and Aunt Katren


Sharon VanDam (Your DARE Officer from School)

Hi Spencer ~ I heard you're working hard on the roads and such. Good for you ! Travelling to other places sure makes you appreciate what we have at home, Doesn't it? May your trip be blessed with many new friends and experiences that you keep for a life time. We are proud of you and May God bless you in your travels. Detective Sharon Van Dam


Aunt Chris

Hi Spencer ~ Wow, what an awesome mission trip you are having. I pray that when you leave Belize you will have brought faith to many people that didn't believe before. I hope you're able to keep in contact with some of the children and adults that you have met along the way. I know God is looking down on you with a smile on his face for all you and your group are doing for the people in Belize. May God Bless all of you. I just can't say it enough how PROUD I am of you. I always knew you would be a special nephew from the time you were in preschool and you told Miss Deanna that your Aunt Chrissy looked like an angel. I think maybe you needed glasses back then (just kidding). Have a Blessed Day! Love, Aunt Chris


Brian & Cha Otrhalik

Greetings from Cleveland, Ohio! May God richly bless you all in your ministry and travels. Kevin and Laura; We're looking forward to seeing you when you return. Your group is in our prayers. Love, Brian & Cha


Big Sis

Hey Chris/Gloria... Do your cell phones work down there? I am going through computer withdrawal, thought I would try calling. OH, I can't access the website from work either. Bummer!! Love ya both! God bless.


Big Sig

Lil SIs & Chris .... You look great in the picture. I am sure you are having the time of your life doing what you love to do...doing God's will. Did you get my msg on your phone regarding the email I got from Wayne? Have been walking on clouds ever since. Hope word from Dad and family is positive and all is well. God be with you and your group. Safe visit and trip home. I love u both.


Ritch & Diane Richardson

Spencer! We are so proud of what you are doing. It's exciting to see you live your faith. We know that you are blessing all of those around you. What's even more wonderful is that the blessings you receive will be even greater than those you give. We'll keep you and your team in our prayers for success and safety. Indeed, "You (and your team) are the light of the world. Let your light so shine among others that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven!" Blessings...Ritch and Diane PS: It was great seeing you and all of your family at Great Aunt Bette's 90th birthday celebration. Thank you for coming!


The Devoogds

To the Hugs and the entire Belize team, We are so happy to read about your trip so far. It sounds wonderful , and exciting, what a privilege for all of you to present Christ in this way. I was excited that you had 70 children in vbs, what a wonderful oppurtunity to share the word of God. We are praying the rest of your trip is wonderful, and may the people of Belize see Christ in each one of you.Love and prayers


Cliff and Angela

Just thinking of you. With Angela and I both involved in education we work with a wide array of students and families. We are so very proud of your Mom and Dad and there support of you and your involvement in school and church. With parents that love and guide you and your committment to excellence we know you will make this a better world Spencer. Again we love you and wish you happiness and success. Love...Angela and Cliff


Pastor Don & Vi Wendell

Kathy Cargo & fellow members of group. Have kept you in our prayers and we are glad you are having a great time on your mission trip. Just read your web page and it sounds like you are keeping very busy and doing a lot of witnessing. May the Lord continue to give you blessings as you go about doing His work. We will keep you in our prayers until you return. Pastor Don & Vi Bloomingdale Methodist Church


Grandpa & Grandma Richardson

Hi Spencer ~ Can't believe that it will be Wednesday all ready tomorrow. I bet you're having an awesome time with your friends from church and meeting new people. We can't wait to see your pictures and hear about your experience of spreading God's Word to all the children and adults in Belize. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. We are praying for you and your group. Love, Grandpa & Grandma Richardson


Nancy Otrhalik

Praying you have a great morning at the Mayan ruins. Can't wait to hear about your sports camp and VBS. Kevin and Laura take lots of pictures!!!! We love you both!


Carol Fechik

Hi everyone! I really enjoyed the video you made for the church service. Laura, I hope the bugs and snakes are staying away from you...and that the children are enjoying your paper, Sam! I am praying that God will work mightily through you all -- and all of us left behind at Trinity will be excited to get the full report when you return. God bless you and keep you in HIs loving care. Matthew 28:19-20


Aunt Chris

Hi Spencer ~ I'm just getting ready to leave work, so I thought I would send you a short note. I pray that things are going well in Belize. I wish I could have gone with. What a wonderful experience. When I was your age, many, many years ago the youth group went to Nora, VA ~ we had a great time. We taught VBS and did special things with the children. Make sure you take pictures. Love you, Aunt Chris :)


Janice Drummond

HI Tim! I Love you and am so PROUD of you. Can't wait to hear of all your adventures. Karen Weis & PASTOR'S FAMILY send their greetings & prayers to EVERYone. Love, Mom


Karen Morris

Hey, you guys! I hope you all realize how blessed you are to be chosen by God to spread His Word in Belize. This is just the beginning of what He has in store for each and every one of you. You are all called to be Missionaries, not only in Belize, but to the ends of the earth, for the rest of your lifetimes. May Jesus walk beside you every minute. May He open the ears and hearts of the lost and may the Holy Spirit rest in each new convert to Christianity. The office is pretty quiet this week. Jodi Whittaker's surgery is today, so please keep her in your prayers. Take care, all, and may God richly bless you. Karen Morris PS Hey, Coty, did you get a window seat on the plane?


Aunt Karen & Uncle Bill

We hope you enjoy your mission trip in Belize. What a wonderful opportunity to spread the word of God. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Have a wonderful time!


MOM, DAD & ALLY

Hello Dylan, Kathy, Missy and all of you in the group! I'm so glad you arrived safely and had a successful first day. We miss you Dylan and so does you cat. He continues to follow us everywhere and get under our feet. Our prayers are with all of you.


Cliff

So very proud of you and all your accomplishments. You make everyone in our family so happy for your happiness and your travels. Please be safe and know we love you from sunny Florida. Clif


Grandpa & Grandma Richadson

Spencer ~ As you can see Aunt Chris sent it twice, as our computer is not working properly. Hopefully, you'll get one message from us today and not two :) Glad you arrived safely in Belize. We are anxious to hear about your trip. We are so proud of you. It will be an experience of a lifetime. How wonderful it is that everyone is there to spread God's word to so many people. May God Bless you and everyone on the trip. Love, Grandpa & Grandma Richardson


Chris Richardson "Aunt Chris"

Hi Spencer ~ Glad that you made it to Belize safe. I hope you are having a rewarding time. What a Blessing to be able to go on a mission trip. You will never forget this time. Also, I'm praying that your new house closes soon, so maybe you will miss out on moving everything into your new home (I bet that would be upsetting to you) :) Your cat has finally got used to us and comes out to visit with me, however has scared the beans out of me quite a few times, as she attacks my feet. I wish you and everyone else a safe and rewarding trip in Belize. I'm so proud of you Spencer. Love, Aunt Chris


Chris Richardson

Hi Spencer ~ Glad that you made it to Belize safe. I hope you are having a rewarding time. What a Blessing to be able to go on a mission trip. You will never forget this time. Also, I'm praying that your new house closes soon, so maybe you will miss out on moving everything into your new home (I bet that would be upsetting to you) :) Your cat has finally go used to us and comes out to visit with me, however has scared the beans out of me quite a few times, as she attacks my feet. I wish you and everyone else a safe and rewarding trip in Belize. I'm so proud of you Spencer. Love, Aunt Chris


Darrel Drummond

Hopefully Sam and his snake dance has scared those little guys.


Pam Rhodes

Hi Chelsey, and evreyone. So glad you made it safe, you are all in our thoughts and prayers can't wait to read more. Try to stay cool, we miss you chelsey. LOVE MOM, DAD,MEGG AND FAMILY.


Dr. Doyles

Hi Kathy Cargo family and Friends, Hope all is well. Glad to hear you got there safe. We are all praying for you and miss you. Have Fun! Love, Paula, Connie, Sandi, Sally, AND Dr. Doyle


Mark Whittaker

Glad to hear you arrived safely and are already sharing Jesus in word and action. Many of you gave fantastic witnesses during the sermon yesterday at Trinity. Thank you! You are in my prayers and thoughts. Read Ephesians 6:10-18.


Nancy Otrhalik

Prayers for your success in spreading God's word! May He shower all of you with wisdom and strength this week!


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