After our first day of team projects, Tuesday morning saw our missionaries moving at a slightly slower pace. Once breakfast ended, however, everyone kicked it into high gear once again. The women's group took another approach to their blanket production, as ladies used smaller squares of fabric to produce patchwork-type designs.
This allowed groups of women to spend more time together at the table, talking and bonding with each other.
It truly is great to see multiple generations working together.
These women come from a variety of villages, and it is obvious that if it were not for activities such as this,
they may never get the chance to expand their sense of community.
The ladies also enjoyed a lunch and lesson hour, talking about issues they might be dealing with in their current lives and inspiring them to give these problems over to the Lord.
Outside Camalote Chapel, our men stepped up their production of beds. Asa and Mac, pictured above, are clearly the two hardest working and most efficient team among our group.
Another two-man team, comprised of Ray Brown and Ron Harsthorn, began production on one of the outhouses. They have done an excellent job and we all can't wait to deliver these to some deserving families.
Of course, as with any project of this nature, a bit of comic relief always works it's way into the day's story.
During the men's lunch hour, Ron and his team of skit characters re-enacted the scene when David slew Goliath. As he told of the sins of king David, Ron used this pole to illustrate the sins of modern man.
After a long day of fabrication, the men loaded 20 beds on a trailer that will be hauled to a village called Red Bank - a more traditional Mayan village in the southern part of the country. By the way, in the last two days, our men have built 63 beds!
Once again, Nina Reynolds and her team gave an outstanding effort in providing care for the children of families attending our camp.
Although babies were crying for most of the day, older children seemed to behave well and enjoyed snacks and crafts in our make-shift nursery.
Above, Donna Sarsfield takes time to care for one of the smallest babies in our group.
I must admit, nap time is the most adorable part of serving in this children's ministry.
These little ones are simply beautiful.
Erwin Canti, son of Jennifer, has been in several blog photos already. But here is a photo that shows how we sometimes care for him. Heather correctly and bravely (yet awkwardly) utilizes a "Mayan Sling". This is nothing more than a sheet tied and hung over the forehead. Mayan women then have their hands free to go about the activities of their day.
I was walking through the courtyard at the end of the day and found several of our missionaries taking advantage of "hammock time". Everyone worked so diligently today and some R and R was very much in need.
Our day ended with Tuesday night worship with our sister church - and as always, it was a crowded house. I will update the blog with some photos of that time shortly.
Blessings from Belize!