When we first got here, like all missionaries, we floundered. We grasped for familiar things and friends. Sometimes wishing that we could have our own piece of the USA here. Would that have helped us learn the culture? No way. We are still far from experts and still American but some things have changed:
We wear jeans even on the hot and humid days.
We say “tanks” instead of “thanks.
John is a better basketball player.
We say “right now” if someone asks us to come.
Mel wears gold hoop earrings and silver bracelets to fit in.
Ellis and Evangeline have silver bracelets too.
We liked rice and beans, then hated them, and now like them.
Our house does not look like a shack anymore it’s just home.
When being in the village we feel like we are a part of the village.
Fried chicken from a Chinese restaurant is no longer odd.
It is truly comforting to be in a room full of Belizeans and feel like you completely belong. We thank the Lord for our friendships here and the community that He is building for us.
Unrelated note: Thank you for praying, Evangeline is back to 100%.