January 11, 2016

What do kids do for fun in Belize?

Barrie 2016 HANDS Team:

Today was an action packed day.  We heard the weather report from back home, so we will keep quiet about our +23˚C wind chill and steady onslaught of sunshine.  Joking aside, we kept our family and friends back home and their safety in our thoughts and prayers.

We started off by exploring the market in Belize and picking up additional building supplies.  We arrived at the jobsite, had lunch, and went on a tour of Conception Presbyterian School (elementary level) in the nearby village of Conception, and Cornerstone Presbyterian High School.  After the tours, we were able to get some work done at Presbyterian Day School before dinner.

In the time that we spent at PDS in Cristo Rey, and at the other schools, and all over Belize, we have observed kids at play outdoors.  Our team’s younger members have enjoyed several games of “catch catch” (tag), football (soccer), hide and go seek (which includes scaling the building walls and hiding on the roof).  While we were driving, we have seen kids playing other games in front yards.  We have observed some kids carrying miniature loads of sugar cane on toy trucks.  One groups of youth in Cristo Rey had even constructed their own riding go-cart/wagon device.

On the other side of the coin, we have observed televisions in some households, and one of the principals was visited made note of the increasing prevalence of cell phones in his students’ hands.  The trends that we have observed in Canada are also visible in Belize.

We are grateful for the many ways in which God has revealed himself to us and our Belizean brothers and sisters.  He has proved his faithfulness to the Christian schools that we have visited.  He has shown us the common struggles that we all experience in Canada and Belize.  At the beginning of this experience, we focussed on the differences between us and Belize; now as we have spent more time with the people in Belize, God has shown us that we share a lot in common and that we have a lot to learn from each other.

Prayer Requests:

-          Praise and Thanksgiving for our awesome Lord and Saviour

-          Thanksgiving for the health and safety we have experienced so far

-          Request continued health and safety for the remainder of our trip


Jan 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Hi all, it is great to be over here and read about what you are seeing and doing over there. Thanks for sharing. Jack and I have kept you in our prayers, for this time spent in Belize where you freely give of your time and talents, but also for when you come home and the realities of everyday life put this special time behind you. May what you are experiencing in Belize continue to grow your faith when you are back in Canada. Blessings and safe travels.

Jan 12, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Thanks for your wonderful posts! We have been in Belize virtually, and you have been in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings as you wrap up the last few days of work, and safe travel. It will be a challenge to return to "normal" - you have all been impacted by your experiences.

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