JOUR­NEY

Rappahannock News - - WASH­ING­TON -

change the world through Christ.

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.

COURTESY PHOTO

Cindy and Greg San­ders of Flint Hill lead a Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School class dur­ing a Reynolds Memo­rial Bap­tist Church mis­sion to Belize.

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