At the halfway point, the team has gelled well together and has developed some rhythm – mostly early starts and late nights.
Today the first venue was Grace Primary School in Belize City. The team presented to about 120 students. Don shared his testimony and Emily told the story of King David and Mephibosheth. The kids listened so well and some demonstrated a considerable knowledge of the Bible. Everyone enjoyed the singing and the famous rope trick that all team members learn.
By 9:30 am the team was heading to Altun Ha, some nearby Mayan Ruins. The earlier setbacks on Monday meant we couldn’t go on our planned excursion to some larger ruins and caves for team bonding. A window of time today allowed the team to at least see some smaller, local ruins. Belize is part of a larger region of Central America once inhabited by the ancient Maya. Although the height of the Mayan civilization was around 500 AD, there are many temples and structures that have been excavated and preserved. The team had the opportunity to explore one such site about an hour from Belize City.
At 4 pm the team was due to present to Restore Belize, a sponsorship program provided by the Prime Minister’s office that benefits about 60 students from schools all over Belize City. The group meets at the entrance of the huge Marion Jones stadium. There the team ministered to about 25 youth. Sean shared his testimony and Wayne gave a lesson on the Prodigal Son. Don did the rope trick and of course the youth were stupefied by it yet again. Keep an eye on the eTeams Facebook page for a video of the famous rope trick to be posted soon! To round out the presentation, Jeff and Emily sang a beautiful song together and also led the team with some choruses. The leaders of the organization were very appreciative of the team and we exchanged contact information for future opportunities.
The team enjoyed a light supper and rest at the O’Byrnes. Sean led the daily devotion and some enjoyed a much needed cup of Java! At 7 pm the team joined the Walton’s and other leaders at the Overflow youth group at Grace Chapel. Jeff led the singing and games. Jeff also used the EvangeCube to share the message of salvation. The central message of the cross and the resurrection came through clearly. It was Wayne’s turn to share his testimony and he explained how God had worked in his life to find him, save him and completely change his life. These times of sharing conversion stories between cultures has a powerful impact. Not only do the locals have interest to hear those from far away lands tell their story, but team members and others are emboldened and challenged by observing. As the old adage goes: “More is caught than taught”. It’s very encouraging when we overcome fear and other obstacles that keep us from testifying openly and effectively.
Tomorrow we will hold our first men’s breakfast at a local restaurant. From there the team will head over to a local market where we hope to meet more believers from the assemblies and set up for some street ministry.
Thank you for praying for the team. We are so thrilled by how receptive the people of Belize are to the gospel, at least to it’s presentation in any and all settings. Please continue to pray for the team, for strength and boldness.
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