After our bellies were full of stewed chicken and rice and beans, we loaded back into the vehicles for our one hour ride to Camalote Camp in Camalote Village. As we arrived, Mr. Ray and Ethel came out to greet us. It always feels so great to arrive back at our home away from home.
We settled into our rooms, spent time in the hammocks and had a great dinner. After eating, the group had our first circle time - a time of prayer, sharing and devotion led by Travis and Debbie.
Bedtime came early around here and the pillows felt oh-so good.
As day broke this morning the coffee began to flow - and the garden came alive with the sounds of nature. We all spent time with our devotionals and His Word
as Ms. Ethel prepared our first Belizean breakfast. We ate scrambled eggs, sausage, refried beans and journey cakes.
Today is our first full day - the Lord's day - Sunday. An awesome day of worship and fellowship. The team headed over to the new EQC worship facility early to prepare for service at 9:30. The congregation soon arrived and it was great to see everyone.
Pastor German welcomed everyone and Lisa and Ragan helped lead praise and worship time. Sister Rash gave a testimony and Pastor Terry led a prayer. The children then left for their Sunday school lesson with Vickie and others in the education building. Following a few worship songs, Pastor John delivered a bold message about the Fruit of the Spirit. As the service came to a close, our team assisted in feeding the entire congregation lunch - hot dogs, cookies and juice.
We originally had plans to take the children to swim in the river after church but the cooler, rainy weather prevented us from going. We said our goodbyes, loaded everyone back into the buses and took them home.
The team came back to camp and began preparing for our first mission workday tomorrow. The men spent time planning the church improvement projects and the women prepared bracelet supplies for the women's seminar.
At dinner, we all sang Happy Birthday to German and Alice served Tres Leches cake to everyone. By the way, Lynn Hartshorn spent time with Alice's sister learning how to make this wonderful dessert.
Well, it's getting late and the crickets are out. Everyone is in bed so this is where I leave you. Good night and God Bless - from a small yet very special village in Central America.
In His Grip,