Who knew 2 weeks could fly by so quickly?
Yesterday was our final day in the village, and despite the bugs, heat, and cold showers you could tell everyone was wishing for a little more time here. We all woke up sore and exhausted from 2 days of hard labor and were excited about a day that would involve a little more community outreach than chopping up trees with machetes. First, though, we had to do our third and final walk through the savanna to the lagoon. God continually tests our positive attitudes and endurance :). Once we got to the village our team broke up. Some stayed behind at the church to hang new doors/get their hair braided while a small group of us headed back up to the school for the morning. What we came to find was that our group, with our American attention to detail and perfectionist tendencies, took about 4 hours to hang 2 doors…while the local Belizeans hung 4 doors in 40 minutes. It was a good lesson that sometimes the American way isn’t always the best way ;).
After another delicious Belize lunch we had a small outreach for the women in the village. We had been planning this event a lot before we came to Belize but of course God had other plans. We had about 30 women (!) come out and absolutely none of the stuff we needed…and it was such a great time! We were able to sit and talk with the women and do their nails as well as leave them with journals and some small gifts. I was so impressed with our team’s flexibility all week and this was yet another time when they shined!
After an hour or so of hanging out with the women it was time to head back to the base. We packed all of our team into the white van and drove back, we decided we’d rather be stuffed than have to walk the savanna again haha. We were back for about an hour which gave us time to pack/clean up our rooms and slice the hot dog buns (yep…only in Belize). Then we all loaded back up in the van and the jeep with 400 hot dogs and buns and headed back to the village. We had a huge outreach for the community and cooked up hot dogs and watched Toy Story 3. We had a hundred or so people come out which was AMAZING, especially on a rainy night. The kids had so much fun as did we, and it was a great night just to rest with the villagers. They’ve had a couple hard weeks with the hurricane and we just wanted to love on them and show them how much people around the world are praying for and caring for them.
The real adventure for the day started on the ride home. The savanna road was very wet and flooded because it had been raining all day and we learned that Marty has awesome skills at off-roading in a huge van. Who knew? We all made it back to the base in one piece and found that in our absence some new friends had moved in…scorpions! In the few minutes after we got back 5 scorpions were found in various rooms and Mel and John even found a tarantula! Definitely not the most settling thing before you head to bed, but we were all so exhausted we could hardly lose sleep over it. After a week of being constantly surprised both by this country and by our God there is hardly anything that shocks our team anymore.
It is now friday morning and we are all eating breakfast and getting ready to head out to Caye Caulker for our fun excursion! How exciting it will be to have air conditioning once again :). The goodbyes here at the base are soon and they will be hard, but I cannot feel anything but blessed for the gift of being able to spend the last two weeks out here. God has challenged, encouraged, and stretched us all…it’s everything we could have asked for! See you all in a couple days.