It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Belize for close to a week already. It’s also equally amazing to see how much God has accomplished in such a short amount of time. But I will try & put down on paper just a few of the ways that God has demonstrated his power to the 2010 Belize Team.
Thursday & Friday of last week were good work days as the team began work on digging the foundation for the building that will operate as a hurricane shelter for the small town of Copper Bank, here in Northern Belize. Brother Tim, our Belizean contact & pastor of the church for which we are working, though it would take us close to a week to dig the foundation. He was pleasantly surprised to discover us nearing completion after only 2 days!!
One of the memory verses for the summer is Romans 8:38-39 where the Apostle Paul talks about how he is persuades that absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Absolutely no obstacle can stand in our way! Friday night we encountered one of these obstacles as 2 of the members of the local “town committee” approached Brother Timmy & told him he had to stop work on the shelter because he didn’t legally possess the land on which we are building it! Needless to say, this is not true & Brother Tim made an immediate appeal to the committee head & has a meeting scheduled for today to discuss the matter further. SO currently we are respecting the committee members wishes & not working on the site & praying that God will soften the hearts of the rest of the 6-member committee & allow us to proceed with the project after they meet today. In the meantime we are practicing our choir & drama presentations to be used for evangelism purposes & doing some other smaller projects around the church. The weekend was full of fun, as on Saturday the team went for a swim at the local lagoon & was able to catch up on much needed laundry time. Saturday evening was highlighted by the team attending a local youth meeting held at the church. We were able to perform both a choir song & a drama for the youth, both of which were well received. Sunday we attended Brother Tim’s church & were very excited to host the 26-team member from the local TMI base here in Belize who are also on mission trips themselves. We shared both lunch & dinner together, were able to go out & visit a Mayan archeological site to see some ruins & enjoyed a time of Bible quizzing with each other.
Finally, I would like to share how exciting it is to see the spiritual growth amongst the team members. Through times of personal devotions, daily Bible studies & corporate times of worship, we have really seen God work on a very personal level in many of the team member’s lives. I’ve included below a testimony shared by Brittnee Moore after one of our personal devotion times. At Boot Camp we sang a song during worship that’s called “From the Inside Out.” The basis of the song says, “The cry of my heart is to bring you praise from the inside out, Lord my Soul cries out. My heart & my soul, I give you control, consume me from the inside out.” THose words soon became my constant prayer. I wanted God to consume me from the inside out & it felt like my heart was crying out for more of God. During the time that I started praying that, God told me that in order for Him to consume me fully, I would have to get out of the way. I needed to die of myself & let God be in control. When I prayed that, I felt an immense peace & God said, “Ok, now I can work in & through you.” It was amazing!!! I have noticed that when I pray something once, that I soon forget what it was. So that is my constant everyday prayer, that God would consume me from the inside out. He showed me the verse, Jeremiah 29:13 which says, ” And you will seek me & find me, when you search for me with all your heart.” This verse is letting me know that I’m on the right track for knowing God more.