Day 1 – Belize
We safely arrived in Belize City, after our flights from Montreal through Dallas. We were picked up in a yellow school bus that will be our mode of transport during the week. We were well received on the Loforna Base by Lazarus & Alicia Pop, and their children (Julie, Devon & Baby Jaylen). Wil Kamphuis, is with us as well, and his heart to serve us all is greatly appreciated. After a short introduction to life on the base, we were welcomed into the village life as we went down to the Cave River Branch river to swim and wash. Many villagers were there as well and we were able to catch a bit of a glimpse into life in Armenia.
After a great supper, 14 very tired kids and three very tired leaders went to bed to the harmony of jungle sounds! Overall, an amazing first day!
Day 2 – Belize
After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, we continued to connect, learn and understand about the village and our impact through our presence and connecting here. Early morning, we set out to work with the pre-school teacher and to build some playground equipment. As we arrived, and started to set up, the principal and vice-principal of the elementary school, which is right next door, invited us to participate in their special morning assembly! As this is our third trip to Armenia, we really understood the groundwork that was laid by these previous groups of the service and how we were so quickly invited into the school! We were invited to sing the Canadian national anthem in front of the whole elementary school in Armenia, to see if we could sing it louder than the Belizean national anthem sung by 400 students! Needless to say, we were outnumbered and out sung!
We then set out with half of the students to build some of the play structures, while the others animated some songs crafts and games with the pre-schoolers.
The afternoon was spent on the base, journaling, practising for our skits and just relaxing in the heat of the jungle!
This evening, we will be hearing the testimony of Lazarus & Alicia, and how God is using them and this ministry in Armenia.
We have included a few photos, all of your kids are doing great! Below are comments from a few of them, and their impressions! More student insights will be included in the next blogs!
Friedisha: Hey mom and dad, I miss you. It’s pretty hot out here, hotter than Turks but I’ll live. The people here are very kind and the food is great (I’m safe). I met with kids in a pre-school and they are so cute and caring I can’t take it! Happy Birthday mommy, I love you and I can’t wait to see you in 8 days.
Bethany: Today, we went to the preschool in Armenia, and met so many amazing faces I’ll never forget. We spent the morning with them and they were so loving, despite the fact that we hadn’t known them beforehand. I feel that God is in their hearts and that He is doing amazing things in creating bonds with us.
Jean-Martin: I met many amazing kids from Belize, many aged in between 3-5 years. All of them were very humble and friendly, and they greeted us with an open-heart which felt phenomenal. Above all, Belize is an outrageously awesome country with many special features yet to be discovered. I hope you and mom are safe!
Jessie: Today we went to the Preschool to interact with the kids. They are so cute! They have almost nothing compared to us and yet they are so happy and grateful. Kids are not like that at home. Oh btw hey mom, dad and Keilah!! I would say I miss you but the heat here hurts my brain so I cannot even think about you guys. Jk, hope you are all doing great! It was so great to blow bubbles and play games with the kids, I cannot wait to go back tomorrow!