December 30, 2014

Finishing Strong

Wanders Family HANDS Team:

Sunday morning began bright and beautiful, and we left the guest house for a 9:30 service. After the combined Spanish English service, Dad and Val gave a short nine slide presentation about our house, animals and life in general back in Canada. We finished the service singing Open the Eyes of My Heart, a song that connected Pastor Juan's sermon on the work of the Holy Spirit with our presentation. It was a morning of fellowship and introductions; we finally got to meet some of the families that had been looking forward to our visit here since we began preparing for the trip. 

We returned to the church for the 5 pm service, seeing as anything earlier would have been too hot. And after our worship service, we were served a delicious meal at the church. 

Monday morning began at 8 again, and we were off to the elementary school for our final work day. The last floor tiles had to be put in, and that process took most of the morning because it included a lot of cutting. After lunch, the family put their painting skills to work and painted the classroom we had just finished flooring! The final project looked amazing, and near four o'clock we were done.

Our day, of course, ended with another delicious meal, and this time, we also discussed what the plans for the culture day Tuesday would be.

And Tuesday morning we woke up to fog. Disappointing, because we learned that it was rarely foggy in Belize. However, we headed to the river despite the weather, and boarded our river boat. Much to our excitement, the sun peaked through the clouds, and as the day progressed, the sun shone brighter and brighter. The day got even better when, on our tour our boat floated past a spider monkey! The guide directed the boat so that the monkey was but a few feet away. 

The boat tour took us to Lamanai, an ancient Maya site. We saw beautiful temples, and got to climb the tallest one.

Our final day in Belize was a blessing: a relaxing day to enjoy the country we had worked in for the previous five days. 

And now, we are preparing for the flight home, taking in all we have experienced and debriefing as a team.

Check out our team video here.

 

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