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We arrived in Belize on June 30th. This was my first time being out of the country, so it was a bit overwhelming to say the least. But I knew that God would never send me directly into harm when I’m there to do his work. And for that week, we all were safe in his hands as we ministered to the children of Belize City.
We were each responsible for different age groups. I volunteered to teach the pre-teens because I firmly believe that’s the important point of your life, where you decide what kind of person you want to be. So it was my job to teach them the Gospel and to help them on the right path.
However, there was a part of me that also wanted to make the children smile. So I decided to pay them a little visit as Spider-Man, and they were in disbelief that he came all the way from New York to greet them.
A couple nights later, we were invited to attend an evening service in Franks Eddy, a church outside Belize City. It was a Spanishspeaking church, but the language of God is always multilingual. Even though their songs of praise were in Spanish, I knew the lyrics in English. God’s praise is a bridge! And the Holy Spirit was so strong in that little church.
One special friend I made on the trip was the hosting pastor’s son, Edwin. Edwin made it his priority to make us all feel like his brother and sister, and man did he do his job well.
If I’ve learned anything from this eye-opening mission trip, it’s that there is no better or worse culture in the world we live in. The only difference is that it’s
. . . well, different! The key to avoiding culture shock is to embrace both cultures. We may do it this way, and they may do things that way, and that’s what makes it so special.
We departed for the United States on July 7th. I’ll miss my brothers and sisters in Belize very much, but I told them that I would return someday, even if I’m an adult. The Lord has a calling, a dream per se, for all of his children. We just have to have the ears to listen . . . and the heart to accept.
Cindy and Greg Sanders of Flint Hill lead a Vacation Bible School class during a Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church mission to Belize.