After a long, spirit rich, and productive week working with the church, teachers, and children in Corozal District, the team successfully arrived back home.
Over the course of the last week, the team has been blessed enough to have led three church services in Corozal, Libertad, and Ranchito, to fill in during the absence of the local pastor. Each service was a great way for the team to meet and bond with the local congregations. The current pastor in charge has been seriously injured and has left a large void for the local church circuit. Currently, church services are led by lay members of the congregation, if at all. Hence, our visit came at a great time, to offer solid church services for the local congregations, filled with powerful sermons and music, led by our team.
Our internal daily devotions helped us to keep the right spiritual perspective during our stay and offered great lessons that can be applied in our everyday lives.
The week was spent working directly with the principal and teachers of Libertad Methodist School. It was a great experience for those who were able to connect with the children through devotional/Bible study lessons as well as one on one tutoring. The teachers on hand are passionate about educating the youth of the community. However, they are severely short staffed. The additional one on one time with the students was greatly appreciated by the teachers and much needed by some of the students!
A separate work crew worked diligently all week to enhance the play field at the school which now features a new playground set with new swings, rope ladder, “fort”, and a swinging rope ladder. Plenty of room was left for easy expansion of the play-set with some “in the field” modifications. Additionally, we installed a volleyball net and two tether-ball sets with heavy duty installation that should last for decades! Fencing was repaired/added which now gives the school additional and much needed security. A pole barn used by children to store their bicycles was renovated to include a new roof, framing supports, and a concrete base to keep the mud away in rainy season. We were able to provide employment to local laborers who worked directly with the team.
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Our supply drive was much appreciated by the students and teachers as we were able to hand out stacks of markers, glue, Play Doh, folders, Sharpies, etc as well as a large reserve supply of volleyballs, soccer balls, and tether-balls.
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As this is the first trip to Belize from a PRUMC group, considerable time was spent with the local leaders to discuss what their daily challenges were. A special effort was made to assess local needs and also logistical Intel for future teams. The Methodist Church in Belize owns a small guesthouse in Corozal town that was renovated prior to our arrival with a small kitchen, running water, septic system, beds, bathrooms, and HVAC due to fundraising efforts by PRUMC During our stay we worked to furnish remaining day to day items to make the house “live able”. The house can now comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests and will surely be appreciated by our own teams as well as other teams that arrive from across the United States.
Overall, the week was a great experience for the entire group. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the church in Corozal, Belize.