When I applied for this trip in August, I had no idea how much it would drastically change my perspective on life and strengthen my faith. Throughout the week we have been able to visit multiple churches and build relationships with students and teachers. Each of these people displayed a remarkable amount of dedication to their faith, the students, and their congregation. Despite their lack of resources, the teachers provide a quality education for each child; Most teachers have no electricity in their classroom.
Each church congregation encouraged me. Worshiping God with people who speak a different language is incredible. Despite the language barrier, each person I encountered while here in Belize showered me with acceptance and hugs. The smiles and laughs of each child will be forever etched in my memory. We may have many possessions in the U.S., but we often lack rich relationships. I will forever be thankful for the time spent here because it has challenged me to pursue more intentional relationships at home, both with Jesus and others.