"We Have Arrived"
Early this morning we met at the Augusta Regional Airport in preparation for our travels to Belmopan, Belize. There are always mixed emotions when we are preparing to depart... we are anxious about leaving our loved ones behind and excited about our adventures that are sure to lie ahead. For those of us that have been before, we definitely know that adventures are brewing. Previous trips have involved late night hunting excursions, cave tubing, ice cream fights, and many more than I have the ability to recall. It is always an exciting time and we are ready to go.
The folks at Augusta Regional Airport were terrific in getting us checked in for our flight and ensuring all of our luggage was squared away. We were able to check 13 bags for much less than anticipated. For a trip that is often tough to budget for due to unexpected circumstances, this was a welcomed blessing as it provided a cushion for our future "planned" events. After 45 minutes of checking everyone in, we moved quickly through security and we managed to make it to the gate as the gate agent issued the final boarding call. Our trip to Atlanta was quick and uneventful. As soon as we landed, we were eager to make our way through the airport in search of a quick breakfast.
While the whole team is not represented in this picture, those that are shown are clearly eager for this unique opportunity to serve God's children. For those that are not aware, our team will be hosting an overnight youth camp for children ages 13 - 17 years of age. Previous camp trips have all had a stronger representation of girls (typically 2 girls to 1 boy), but this camp will be a different experience. Our current registration sits at approximately 3 boys for every 1 girl. This will be a welcomed challenge for our team which only has 4 male counselors.
After arriving in Belize City, we cleared immigration and headed towards the customs counter. We have had mixed results in the past, but we practically walked right through. Again, a huge blessing here. After clearing customs, we exited the airport where we were reunited with Joey and Heather Barrs and their daughter Sophia. It was great to see them as they have just started their own adventure as full time missionaries in Belmopan, Belize. We loaded into the van and pick up truck and headed off towards Camalote Camp which the Barrs' recently acquired and are operating. After a quick tour of the facility, we had lunch and then it was off to our camp for the week, Blue Thumb Missions.
At camp, we unpacked all of the bags and then enjoyed some down time. Well, the ladies enjoyed some down time while the guys entered into a fierce game of basketball. After 35 minutes of playing, the game ended with the score 4-2. Exhaustion likely played into our lackluster performance. At least that is what we are claiming. As the evening wound down, we enjoyed another meal together followed by small group time where we took time to pray for the upcoming week, each other, and those we left behind.
It is absolutely beautiful here as always and the weather is surprising cooler here than back home. We are headed off to bed and are looking forward to what God has planned for us tomorrow. Continue to follow us throughout the week and if you have a Facebook page, you can catch more frequent updates and photos on the Quest Church in Belize page.
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