Sorry for the delayed post, yesterday was so long and we were so exhausted and didn’t have it in us to write! But, here is a combined one of the past 2 days. Yesterday was so busy, but so cool to see God in the mix. He was at work and provided us with so much strength! Yesterday started with a big field day at the school for the kids. It was so much fun from the moment we stepped foot on the school grounds. We had necklaces and bracelets for the girls to make, face tattoos and face paint, a bouncy house, soccer games going, and a giant earth ball that was a HUGE hit. It was really a time for us all to be with the kids one last time before having to say goodbye. Goodbyes are never easy, but they were especially hard with these kids!
After lunch, we wasted no time with wrapping up and cleaning up the field day and heading to the worksite! All hands were on deck because the concrete was ready to be poured. What started as a slow process, quickly gained some speed. We mixed and poured around 50 bags of concrete in under 5 hours, which is a miracle. There were moments of frustration and moments of victory, but endless support among our team in the mix. It was really cool to see our team come together and all be working toward the same thing. Despite the many muscle cramps and soreness, God was working big and we were lucky enough to watch it all unravel right in front of us little by little this week. We saw God in the workers like Julio and Victor just as much as we saw Him in the kids.
Moving on to today, we started the morning in prayer in the village, thanking God for the incredible life-changing week we had just experienced. Following that, we headed to the jungle, and were given a tour by our one and only, Julio! It was so fun and really cool to see everything and how much history was behind that beautiful place. After that, we went straight to the school, where we had a ceremony type thing to say our goodbyes. The kids had all written us letters to give to us and ran them to us along with big hugs. It was near impossible for us all to be able to let go. Something I continually kept reminding myself as the week went on was the fact that these kids have little to nothing, yet the way they live life is PURE joy. The kind that is not completely attached to worldly things. The joy we experienced when around these kids this week was pure and humbling to say the least. After we left the village we went straight to the hotel to pick up our luggage and head to the boat that would be taking us to our next destination, which is an island in Belize. It is the prettiest which I know has God written all over it. The point of us coming here is to give us good and undivided attention with the Lord about what he has showed all of us this week in being here. To be able to destress, process, and debrief before having to go back to a world of chaos at every corner.
I hope I could catch everyone up a little bit, and made some sense! It is late here tonight once again, but didn’t want to keep you all waiting another day! (so excuse all of my errors if they are present) But, life is good here in Belize. It is going to be near impossible to step on that plane back to the U.S. but our team is confident in that we are living the Great Commission out now, but the Great Commission can happen right where we are put whether that be in Midland, or somewhere else. We are thankful, and appreciative of the people in El Progresso. They have changed our lives forever, and to that we give praise! I am going to try to get up a post tomorrow with everyone’s individual thoughts and experiences on the trip, as everyone’s experience is different and I want you all to be able to read that. Thank you all for reading and loving on us well! We appreciate you and your prayers more than you know!