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Friday, January 11, 2019

Day 9: The Last One 4 comments

Our Team:

Here we are, the last morning before we leave Belize and go back to our Canadian winter (brrr!). We went on one last walk around town today to visit a local market and enjoy the sun for a little longer. We'll definitely miss the tropical weather, and so much more besides that. This trip has been illuminating and impactful for all of us in different ways. I asked each of the team members what the highlight of this trip was, and here are their answers:

Chelsea: being immersed in a new society and getting to know the locals, especially those from the church.

Jenna: being involved and meeting new people.

Kiara: doing work we knew would make a difference, swimming in the ocean, and being part of a new culture so different from our own.

Chloe: meeting the kids at the preschool and being accepted by the church people.

Steve: sharing a bond with believers halfway across the world.

Erica: socializing with the ladies and the guys who worked with us and getting a glimpse into their lives.

John: our experience on Sunday at church and communing with fellow Christians.

Margaret: working with people from a different culture towards the same goal.

Jake: the open and friendly attitude of the people and the way that they treated us.

Lee: the way that the hole squared up and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Ron: the boat ride and the Mayan ruins.

Eve: our excellent accomadations and using the hammer drill.

Cody: my roommates (Ron and Steve) and spending time in the hammock.

Mikah: seeing the beauty of God's creation and His work in the lives of other believers. 

We're looking forward to being back with friends and family, but we also hope and pray that the impact this trip has had on us will remain. Thank you for your prayers and support on our journey, and we'll see (some of) you soon!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Day 8: Culture and Community! 1 comment

We couldn't BELIZE today was our last full day here! (sorry, the others told me to say it)

Today was our day to learn more about Belize's culture, history, and environment. We woke up to a beautiful sunrise (well, some of us did... others slept in). After breakfast, we drove for 45 minutes to get to a river and then took a 1 1/2 hour boat ride with a local guide. He told us all about the flora and fauna of Belize, as well as some of its history and economy. It was a beautiful river, and there were so many different types of plants and animals! We saw lots of birds, an iguana, and even a crocodile!

The boat ride ended at Lamanai, where there are several Mayan temples. Our guide took us on paths through the jungle and told us more about the Mayan people, whose descendants now live in Belize and the surrounding countries. Our guide was part Mayan, and it was interesting to hear how the Mayan civilization grew and then gradually disappeared throughout the centuries. 

After the tour, we went back to the hotel and then to a local Belizean restaurant for supper. Our food was great, and we spent time talking, playing games, and enjoying our last night together as a team. We walked home under the stars for the last time, completely content. This trip has been so fulfilling, and our departure tomorrow will be bittersweet. Please pray for a good night's rest, good health, and a safe trip home tomorrow!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Day 7: Finishing Work and Touring Schools! 4 comments

We can't believe today was our last day at the work site! There are so many things we could keep working on, but we're pretty happy with what we accomplished. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Day 6: Success! 2 comments

We met our goal for this trip! The floor for the new classroom has been poured! 

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