These past 10 days we have shared our blog with the Lakeview team that has been here. They are leaving today. In fact, They should have taken off an hour ago. We will be leaving tomorrow. Read on to see how AMAZING our God is.
EVERY DAY on this trip God revealed to John and I why he is sending us to Belize.
Our trip with the villagers:
I was able to reconnect with many of the women that I have become friends with. Especially a girl named Tifara. She became a Christian about two years ago. Last summer, when we were in Belize, I cultivated a friendship with her. It is now blooming. She is now able to share her struggles with me. She told me, “Mel, I am so ready for you to live here. I can not wait. Oh man, I just can not wait.” It REALLY warmed my heart. I knew that having Evangeline would open MANY doors for me to be able to minister to women. I was able to get a small glimpse of that this week. The villagers are so open and welcoming when you have a baby. Everyone wants to hold her and they view her as a prize. Evangeline will make the pieces of the puzzle fit together in my ministry to young women. Especially those who do not go to church.
PRAISE THE LORD THERE WAS A SALVATION IN THE VILLAGE THIS WEEK!!!!! John was helping the team with VBS and noticed a new man in the village (new to John) in his twenties named James (John had never met him before because he was in prison). He found out that James was awaiting murder charges. John sat down with this village man and talked to him for a long time and shared the gospel with him. After the conversation, John had to leave the village. But that night, James came out to the base. Basil, not knowing about the conversation John had with him before, met with James down by the ocean and shared the gospel again with him. That time, he prayed and accepted Christ as his savior! AMAZING! AMEN!
Our time with the team this week:
Basil and Vera said this was on of the best teams they have had. They were amazing. We had the privilege of leading this team. It was our first taste of what life will be like when we live here permanently. We were able to challenge the youth to consider listening to God and see if He is calling them into full time ministry or missions. By the end of the week three students said that they felt God calling them to missions. I was able to have a lengthy conversation with one female student on how to have assurance of that calling. By the end of the week I followed up with her and she said she felt sure that God was calling her to the mission field! AMEN!
One night, John and I came back to our cabana and we almost said at the same time “This is it”. We know that we know that we know that we know, without a shadow of a doubt that God wants us here. We always knew, but God really took time to reveal it to us this week. Even in the form of us getting a new support partner! WOW! YAY! PTL! We are sad to leave but so ready to raise the rest of our funds and get back here to serve the LORD.
To Ken Hughes, thank you so much for letting us borrow your youth. You should be VERY proud of them. We hope to be able to speak with you when you get back about the trip when you get a chance. Great job to the team leaders Brian and Judy. You both are AWESOME.
To the team: You guys are so COOL. See you next summer some of you. Please, someone let us know if you got in safe.
How Evangeline did:
Our little girl was such a trooper! Hardly any whining or fussiness. She allowed anyone and everyone to hold her (of course her favorites are still mommy, and then daddy :-)). The most difficult part were the nights. I think because of the heat and persperation she wanted to feed more. It seemed at times she woke up because she was too hot and then realized she was hungry. Poor little girl. We are very proud of her. It seems like she was made for life in Belize. She will just have to get used to the heat.
Thank you all for your prayers! Please continue to pray that God sends partners our way! Vera and Bsil need us down here ASAP. We want to be here ASAP because once you see the vision of what God has you doing for the rest of your life, well, lets just say, you want to jump right and and do it. AMEN!