Friday. Our final full day in Belize. Tomorrow morning we rise early, have one last incredible breakfast (props to our amazing cooks Austin and Deli this week), have a quick devotional, and then jump on the bus to get to the airport to head back to the U.S.
It's a mixture of feelings for everyone. We're so tired. It's been a very full week. I told one guy tonight that it feels like we packed two mission trips into one. But it's been so good. And while we don't want to leave these new relationships we've formed with the people of Belize, we're ready to get home to our friends and families that we've missed so much. It's hard to believe that in less than 24 hours (I'm blogging at midnight) we'll all be home in our own beds. Wow.
So -- just a few more words and pictures about our final day. It began with a "suprise" unveiling for German and his wife, Alice, who basically runs their kids ministries. Our team spent time this week renovating their kids facilities. New tables and chairs, toys, crafts, and freshly painted walls. We all stood in the room as they entered to see it for the first time this week. They were so happy with it and we're so glad it will enhance their already incredible ministry to kids. Here are a couple pics from this event....
After the kids room was unveiled we moved into a cross "dedication" service in their sanctuary. As I blogged about earlier in the week - Ron Hartshorn and a young man named Noah built the cross that we gave to German and his church this morning. It is a stunning piece of work. The most incredible thing happened in the service. The young man who helped Ron build the cross walked up front, shared his story, and told us how he gave his life to Christ this week. We all burst into applause. He then walked right over to Ron and gave him a hug. Everyone cried. It was one of the most amazing moments of my ministry...
Following this cross dedication service, we packed onto the bus and headed out to visit and pray with Ms. Rush - who owns the small home the construction team helped to double in size this week. She is a beautiful woman with an amazing spirit, and it was a real joy to see her new home and pray with her and the rest of our team.
Following this time, most of us headed back to camp. The construction team had a little work left on the house, so they stayed to finish.
About mid-afternoon most our team headed out to "Arizona Field" for our second night of revival services. Before the service our kids team put on a high-energy carnival for the children. Over 150 kids showed up. It was awesome!
The revival began at 7:00 and lasted a couple hours. Over 250 people came. Like the night before, it was in an open field in the middle of a village. We stood on the back of a flatbed truck. It was really amazing.
Immediately following the service, we served hotdogs and drinks to hundreds of people.
As I sit here and reflect on the day, and the entire week, I cannot help but be moved by what I've experienced. This has been a life-changing experience. And not only for me, but for the other 31 on this trip as well. A door has opened that cannot now be closed. We've begun a new journey with the people of Belize. And I can't wait to see where the journey takes us!
This is my final blog for the week ... I'm signing off ... but look forward to blogging again upon my return to Belize...