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Monday, March 30, 2015

Final Days 2 comments

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Final Days…

On Sunday we started the very painful goodbye process. At church they thanked us for the work that we have done and for how we played with the kids and young adults. Nathan and Evan collected coconuts to play bocce ball, but before we made them able to play with we ate the lunchin. After lunch we practiced our singing voices in the church so that our evening worship service would be cool, and we could sound decent. After the heat of the day had passed Nathan, Evan, Matthew and Ashley played bocce ball with some of the kids, and the others were playing soccer (Benjamin and Sam).

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When Monday came, we got to play a really fun game of soccer in the morning with the church, and Benjamin scored three points, everyone was super proud of how awesome he is, and that he has such a great tan. After the soccer, both teams dispersed and enjoyed some very cold water, as this morning was quite hot, and frankly, humid is an understatement.

After that we all began to pack our bags and clean up the house, as I know that we would feel really bad for Dorothy (the lady hosting us) as she has worked so hard to be hospitable and meet all of our daily necessities to the best of her ability.

We then got to have lunch at the Cook’s (a church friendly family, and close friend of Dorothy’s) where we got to experience real Belizean tacos made with corn tortillas. The man of that house also came back after a long bike ride later in the day and showed us how to cut up fresh sugar cane with a machete, and boy, was it delicious.

Shortly after experiencing the taste of sugar cane, we all wanted to play with the kids one last time, so we decided to have a war… a water war. Benjamin, Ashley, and Sam, along with all the neighbourhood kids who wanted to get soaked all bought some birthday balloons and threw them around, and when we ran out of balloons, we just filled up big cooking bowls with water and dumped them on each other.

Now as the night continues, we are all heading out to go on a goodbye walk with a few of the older guys, and a few of the kids. We are all sad and anxious to have to leave, and I know that tonight and tomorrow morning will be tough for all of us {prayers would be appreciated} I hope that the next many hours go as smoothly as possible.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lamanai - by Nathan and Brianna 1 comment

Enjoy some pictures from our day out...

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Day 8 - by Sebastian 2 comments

We went on boat ride to Mayan ruins were we saw monkeys and crocodiles and some amazingly pretty birds such as tiger herons. The temples were super cool. Then we drove home and all of us were quite tired by the end of the trip. We hung out and are currently going to bed.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Day 7 - by Evan 2 comments

Day 7: By Evan with input from Ashley

  Today, instead of going to work at 8 like normal, we went to chapel with the students from P.D.S. It was their last day of school before their spring break, which they refer to as Easter break. We sang some songs, (and they were in English) and afterwards the classes had made us cards as a way to say thank-you to us for the work we did. The cards were all really sweet and it meant a lot to us that they had spent time making them for us. After chapel we helped the kids clean their classroom. Matthew and I (Evan) become the dream team when it comes to sweeping ceilings; we got rid of all the spider webs.

  There was a pile of 200 cinderblocks and we (the guys) had to moves 160 of them up a flight of stairs. It was hard work but I enjoyed every second of it because I’m Evan. We put them into 4 piles of 40.

  After we rested our arms we went right back to playing with the kids. I played football (soccer) with the grade 2 and 3 boys, while Ashley and Sam played with the girls. After we played football for a while, we sat in a circle, passed the ball around and got to know each other. We ended our time together by talking about who Jesus is and what He did for us.

   After lunch we got ready to go to a Mennonite community called Shipyard about an hour and a half away. It was really cool and interesting to see how they live, even if we only saw a snapshot of their daily life. We stopped at the two stores in their midst and got drinks and chocolate bars, then drove to a nearby ice-cream place for more sugar. While we were getting our ice-cream, it started lightly raining, and once we had our treat we stood outside in the rain. Benjamin and Nathan had the excellent idea of buying a gallon of ice-cram to take back to the house. They didn’t realize that we were not going straight home, but looking at the different shops nearby. It soon began to melt, even with our best attempts at saving it. Most of us ended up buying a hammock, as we have all loved sleeping and napping in the ones at home.

   Once back in Cristo Rey, it began raining a lot more and all of us but Nathan stayed outside, getting drenched in the rain. It was still warm outside despite the rain, which was warmer than the water we have to shower with. We stayed out until it was dinner and we had to go get cleaned up.

   We are still ending the day bonding as a team. See you all soon, Evan. (And Ashley)

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