Saturday, April 7, 2012

Belize Update: April 7th, Day 6

Greetings from always-beautiful Belize! Our group began the day by saying farewell to our pastor and spiritual leader John Kenney. John returned to Augusta this morning in order to preach the Easter service at Quest Church on Sunday. We will truly miss his presence among our group.

The kids' team conducted another fun-tastic day of Camp God Rocks: Belize. Vickie and her team welcomed a record number of kids to Camalote Camp. They participated in singing songs, playing games and making crafts.

Later in the afternoon, camp leaders surprised the kids with a water balloon fight. This brought huge smiles to many little faces and was a much needed escape from the April heat.

Today's activities were both exciting and emotional, as this was our last day to have camp with the children of our sister church. These kids are so energetic, so alive, so responsive. We are sad to be leaving them - just as we have begun to love them. But we look forward to continuing our relationship with each of them this fall.

The Medical Team spent the day conducting a clinic at The Evangelical Quest Church (EQC). They treated about 45 people who presented with a variety of conditions. Having clinic at our sister church allows our team to offer a special day just for those who attend EQC. Several medical team members also spent time caring for the cuts and bruises of our camp kids, as well as offering assistance to those in the neighborhood surrounding the construction team.

Over in the community of Maya Mopan, our Construction Team wrapped up their work on two houses for the Canti and Pop families - Mopan Maya Indians who are in great need of better living conditions. Five courses of cement blocks were laid on the foundation today, along with
grading the soil both in and around the houses.

This project will be completed by several members of EQC in the next few weeks and we are all looking forward to further updates from German.

After a long, final day of work, we had dinner and entered a time of group testimonies. This was a very powerful culmination of the week - with everyone sharing how God had revealed himself to them through different ministries and people here in Belize. As we ended our evening, missionaries took turns washing each others feet - much the same way Christ washed the feet of His disciples. This was definitely one of the most spiritual experiences of our time here.

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