Belize Mission Trip Recap
For a week, eight youth and three adults travelled to Saint Margaret’s, Belize. While we were there we built a bathroom for the church and the pastor’s family, conducted home visits, and ran VBS for the local children. This involved digging a 5ft deep septic tank and mixing lots of concrete. Kids would want to play with us as soon as we woke up and until we fell asleep. The week left us all tired and exhausted, but none of us ever had anything but a smile on our faces.
During this week, we were immersed in the Belizean culture and lifestyle.
I definitely experienced strong culture shock at the beginning of the week, as well as when returning to the United States. We were sleeping on the dirt floor, there was no air conditioning, and we were surrounded by poverty. The food we had was incredible and I learned that hot sauce is a must at every meal. To put it
plainly, it was a week filled with a lot of new.
I learned so much about God from the people I met in Saint Margaret's. They were so excited that we were there. In every prayer they thanked God for leading us to them. At the end of the week, a 10 year old girl named Karen gave me one of her precious stuffed animals (it was a teddy bear) because that’s all she had to give me to remember her by. These people don’t have much, but what they do have they would give in a heartbeat. Southern hospitality isn’t even close to the generosity that these people extended to us. Their faith in God was so strong, even in their less than ideal circumstances and that is what I admired most about their community. I really miss the people in Saint Margaret’s.
We are serious about being people of actions, not just words. We want our youth to use their gifts to change the world, whether that is physically or relationally. Our goal through our re:Act mission trips is to allow our youth the opportunity to love others in a variety of places and in a variety of ways. Over the past few years, our youth have traveled to Washington DC, Chicago, Wilmington, and Denver to share the love of Christ with others through physical work projects and relational programming.
We also serve our local community in powerful ways. Our goal is to make sure we are doing a project locally every month, whether we physically perform the task or collect items for donation. Previous projects have included The Mooresville Christian Mission, The Children's Homes of Iredell County, Habitat for Humanity, and The Mooresville Soup Kitchen.