2 years ago, God called me to a missions trip in Belize, where I was blessed to be the leader of the youth sports ministry team. So many things happened on the island, in the hearts of the kids, and in the hearts of our group, it was undeniable that God was at work. I was left in awe of how real and Awesome God truly is and how special His people are.
As I have been shopping and preparing for the Christmas season, God has strongly put on my heart, that He has a different plan for His money. Last night, God called me back to Belize, this time with my daughter. I have the opportunity to again join with the leadership team of BWO on a mission trip to Belize. It is crazy to be stepping into this with only 20 days left until the trip, but I think it would be even crazier not to do what God has called me to do. I am confident that in my obedience God will provide, and lives will be impacted for His kingdom.
The trip is December 27th- January 2nd, and we will be staying in San Pedro (a five minute walk from San Mateo), amongst the people we are praying to reach. On my last trip to Belize, we also stayed in San Pedro, and that was the only part of the island I had ever seen. On my last day of the trip, I was blessed to be taken on a tour of the island, and discovered that only a five minute golf cart ride away, were beautiful resorts and vacation homes. I had no idea that this part of the island existed, just as I am sure vacationers in the resort have no idea that only a five minute ride away is a community living in the marshy wetlands of a garbage dump.
Though breathtakingly beautiful, Belize is a very spiritually malnourished and dark country. It has been an important link in the chain of drug supply between producers of South and Central America. As always, children become the victims, and with few existing orphanages, countless little ones are neglected.
On this missions trip, we will minister in a subdivision of San Pedro Town, called San Mateo, on the island of Ambergris Caye. On the surface, the island may look like a picturesque tourist destination but underneath the beauty lies hurting children, extreme poverty, and broken homes. San Mateo is the poorest area on the island with many of its homes located in the midst of a marshy wetland that was once a garbage dump.
I am excited for the opportunity to return to Belize, and again help lead the youth sports ministry team. It is amazing how much you can learn about a child just through play. The relationship it allows you to make, and the trust you can gain from a child. Through play, and building this relationship and trust, I pray that we are able to reach the hearts of these children with the love of Jesus Christ.
Of many things, one thing I learned in Belize, is that children are the same everywhere. They just want to be seen, and heard, and loved. And they love to play! The children who came along on the trip almost immidiately became friends with the children on the island, and would play and hang out together. It was amazing to see. I am excited for my daughter to have the opportunity to become friends with children on the island, and to use that friendship to share the love of Jesus. I am praying that she will discover that it doens't matter what you have or where you are from, the love and joy of Jesus is universal, and He is with you in any circumstance.
I specifically remember two young ladie that would come and hang out, and would watch everyone play, but would not necessarily get involved. They were not really into sports, they just liked being around us. I spent a lot of time chatting with these ladies, and during the trip they excepted Christ as their Savior. On the last day of the trip, I went to find them to say goodbye, and they were devastated. They didn't want to go back to their old lives. For ten days, we had created a safe place for them. We had created a space full of love and hope. I pray daily that these ladies, and the other children reached, understand that it was not me or our group, but Jesus Christ who is love and hope. That because they excepted Him as their Savior, that love and hope is with them always.
I am excited that God has called me back to this place, and to see what God has in store for the people of the island, for my daughter, and for the group.
Please prayerfully consider joining me in this journey through prayer, financial support, or both.