It's another wonderful day in Belize. Yes it's hot and very humid but I really don't mind, I'm looking forward to being the village with the kids again.
Here's our typical day: I usually get up around 5:30am and just sit outside, enjoy the sunrise and review our lesson plans for the day. It's a quiet time to gather my thoughts and reflect on the previous days happenings. We have breakfast and a short devotion then an organizational meeting to prepare us for the day. Around 8:30am we load up the vans and go to the school to set up. Some of the kids are already there and eager to help carry the many boxes for the day.Tom sets up the sound system and as soon as he turns it on the kids start flocking to the school grounds. I can never see him as there are at least 15 boys around him who want to help pick the songs and of course push the buttons. The rest of the team is greeting,playing,and just enjoying being with the villagers, I say the villagers because it's not only the little kids, but teenagers and moms. The older boys help lead the singing for the large group and then help lead the small group Bible study.
I have a group of 8 to 10 year old boys and 2 great team members, Becca and Jaclyn who actually teach the lesson while a teenager from the village, Alex, and I try to keep some kind of order. We sit on the beach and listen to the Bible story and do the related activities. It makes my heart so joyful to see these 3 show God's love and joy of the knowledge of Jesus to the kids.
After a quick lunch of a sandwich,chips and cookies we have recess to play and interact with kids. It's a great time to get to know them on a personal level, if you don't mind at least 2 crawling on your back at the same time.
When VBS is over, we break up into smaller teams to teach Bible study to the men and women of the village. Steve, Tom and I lead the men's study at Vern's, a small café with 3 tables. We started off a little slow with numbers but today we had 9 men join us for an hour of serious discussion on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. It amazes me how eager they are to learn the Bible and how knowledgeable they are. The thing that amazed me most was their understanding of what we were talking about and that most of them were 17 to 19 years old!
It is amazing that the villagers greet us on the street and tell us what a wonderful job we are doing and thank us for being here. It really isn't us do the work, it is God working through us. God is here with us and using us for really great things.