It’s 8:55 p.m. and there’s an intense game of Catch Phrase going on in the Mission House right now, so I’m taking the liberty to write the blog while they’re preoccupied 😉
It’s been a great day with the team, the staff and the kids. We started our day the same way we have all week. Most of us went to our designated class to lead the Bible time. Chubbs and Josh have been entertaining the Pre-K bunch with songs and stories. Hannah S loves her time with the kinder-crew, Hanner has been lovin’ hanging out with the first grade bunch, Nici takes on the second grade, Jordan and Keeton make a great team with the 3rd graders, EmH takes the 4th, Sarah hangs with the 5th, Becca does a great job with 6th while JT has won the hearts of the 7th grade bunch (they had to warm up to him) and I have loved being with the 8th graders for Bible time. I think this is where we were stretched the most. It kinda felt like being that “substitute teacher” for the first day or two, but as they got to know us, (after a few games of afternoon soccer ) all was well.
Today was a special day. After Bible time, we had a day full of fun activities planned for these kids. Keeton, Chubbs, Jordan, Nicole and Josh got to work filling about 400 water balloons, while Hanner, Sarah, Becca, Hannah S and I painted the faces of these amazing, cute little preschool and kinder kids. Hannah S and EmH had fun blowing big bubbles with them and we sent them back to class with candy. The rest of the kids had their faces painted and got to partake in water balloon games. It was a sweltering, hot day so there was a lot of “misfires” between our team members! Lots of the teachers were bombed with water balloons, but there were no complaints there! Jordan got in an all-out war with one of the teachers, Mr. Gareth. Not sure who won that one……..
After school, Josh was getting his hair braided by one of the teachers. It turned out to be a 3 hour deal (but so worth it!), so the rest of the team engaged in a volleyball game, which is a nightly thing here. It’s never too dark to play. (We’ve been really creative in lighting up the court to keep the games going!)
It’s been really great connecting with our Belizean family here. The relationships are priceless and so are the memories that are being made. There are definite heart-connections here that will be long-lasting.
Tomorrow morning, school has been cancelled so that we can have a day with the staff, so the boys are getting up before the birds to go ‘fishing on the Carib.’ The girls get to sleep in, go to our new favorite coffee shop and then to the chocolate house to load up on yummers! We have to be back by 2:00 tho, cuz that’s when our Spa Day begins. Sarah will be pampering all of the teachers with amazing massages and I’ll be giving them the hair-dos. When the boys get home with their catch, we’ll fry them up and serve dinner to the staff and teachers. I’m pretty sure a volleyball game will be squeezed in somewhere :’D
Well, the Catch Phrase game is still going strong, but I’m signing off. Thank you for your prayers. We’ve had an amazing trip. Everyone is healthy and thriving. Please continue to pray for us and we’ll keep you updated.