These last few days have all been incredible, but I will say that today has been one of my favorites. We started the day by a few of us going to see the sunrise around 5:00 a.m., which is always a blessing to see when you first wake up. We then ate breakfast and were all loaded in the vans by 8:00 a.m. to head to the work site. VBS was still in action, singing and dancing while we were working, which was a nice extra boost to stay motivated through the heat. Around 10:00 a.m., the rain moved in, but we were all pretty determined to power through it and keep going. We were all soaked but still in good spirits when the rain passed.
By lunch time, we had four of the the five frames completed and standing for the first wall of the church. During lunch, we talked with a lot of the children from VBS, took pictures, and even got our hair braided.
Seeing these kids and their joyful spirits is my favorite blessing God gives us everyday. I came here expecting to be the one giving and helping others, but these children give so much more to me everyday than I ever thought possible. It is evident that God is present and alive in these children’s hearts.
After lunch we finished building and putting up the last frame to finish the wall. Wow! I can’t explain the feeling of finally seeing something so dear to your heart finally come together. As a team, we all felt very accomplished and grateful for the experience God gave us in that moment as we saw the first wall finished.
After finishing the wall, we all packed up before the third rain of the day hit us and hopped in the vans to leave. We then headed to Old Belize to finish our day at the water park. This was such a fun place to wind down for the day. We all cheered each other on as we slid down the “Slippery Conch” (the water slide) and attempted back flips on the rope swing. We played a very hard game of limbo and ungracefully tried hurdling. We also became the star attraction of the park as we all started dancing to the Cha Cha Slide and teaching the adults “The Soulja Boy.” This was such a great bonding experience for the team and I’m so happy we stopped there on our way back.
We’re finishing our day with a wonderful dinner and a devotion from Kip. This day has left our hearts full and has grown our relationships stronger. God is truly present and with all of us on this trip and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for us.
Tuesday July 11, 2017
Blog by Kristyn Weaver