With Faith Like Children
After three showers, three delicious dinners, and more than three gallons of water, our third day is coming to a close. We started the day by picking up trash around the community park and church building. On the way home, we stopped by the Bay of Honduras to take some pictures. When we got back, we helped the Lewis family do odd jobs around their house. The boys finished painting outside, set up the volleyball net, and started building the racetrack for our matchbox race on Saturday.The young girls painted more inside, washed the vehicles and windows, while Mrs. Mowrer and Mrs. Garner helped Mrs. Lewis with cleaning the house.
Before church, we spent time at the community park handing out flyers inviting the kids to our Super Saturday Race Day. We were able to bond one on one with the kids and teens of Belize for the first time. We were told that people in Belize do not enjoy their pictures being taken, but the kids were begging to have us take videos of them on the merry-go-round just to see how they looked. They also enjoyed the pretzels we had leftover from our (many) flights. We were accepted by them right away, and their smiles were contagious.
At church, many of us stood outside greeting people as they came in. It was interesting to hear their many stories and get to know them better. They have a love for singing, and listening to them praise the Lord through song was a blessing. Mr. Garner preached a wonderful message from Ephesians 5:1 about following Christ. He was able to connect with the Belizean people through jokes and basketball.
As Ephesians 5:1 says, "Be YE therefore followers of Christ as dear children." We are all our own missionary, and we all have our own mission field wherever we go. For this week, our mission field is in Belize, but our "mission field" could also be as simple as talking with the person in the drive-thru about the Gospel. Just like the Belizean children wanted to be with us, follow us, and play with us, we must also desire to follow Christ in a similar way.
Continue to pray for us as we spend more time with the children in the area and give the Gospel to them. Also pray that we have a good turnout for our raceday on Saturday. We look forward to seeing how much more God works through us, the Lewis', and the people of Belize.
Brook Altmann and Ruth Stephens