Day four was an incredible day. It was perhaps one of the best days of my life. At 8:00 a.m., we embarked on a 25 minute drive to the local school: San Marcos. Immediately, we fell in love with the kids.
All morning we ran, skipped, braided hair, and belted out songs in English and Spanish. As the afternoon was approaching, we all had a few nerves setting in because we were going to work with the older kids. For the past two months, our group has been planning to do something new and different. Our group has been preparing to work with 12-15 year olds.
Our afternoon began with gathering the kids for worship in a small Catholic church. The windows and doors were all open due to the heat. We decided to warm the kids up to us by playing a game of “Brian says.” Not only did all of the kids get involved, but so did the principle and the teacher. It was quite fun. After that we sang and worshiped Jesus. While at times it was awkward, it was amazing too. Alexis spoke to the kids on Zacheus. Following Alexis’ lessons, we broke into small groups. The kids seemed to have the knowledge of the Bible but not the tools. The majority of kids did not own a Bible at all, but thankfully God provides, and we had enough Bibles to go around. It was an exciting experience to think that these kids now owned their first Bible. As the day went on we played hard and giggled harder. While the kids (team Belize) did crush us (the gringos) in futból, we all still had a blast playing. In my whole life I have never felt so connected to a group of people so quickly. Each and every one of these kids is unique, made for a purpose. Each of these kids are meant to be here for a reason. The thing that has caught me off guard the most has probably been the amount of poverty. The people work harder than any other people group I know, but so many are in poverty. They walk around with no shoes yet smile and wave. They have no lunch yet still manage to laugh and make jokes. The people of Belize are a very beautiful people and they have inspired me so much.