Belize HA*BIT Missions, February 2016: COOKIES

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COOKIESOn the road from San Ignacio to Ladyville we stopped for a midday meal at Cheers, an open-air restaurant in Belize. The checkout counter was full of various cookies: chocolate chip, oatmeal & cranberry, oatmeal & raisins, peanut butter, ginger, and sugar to name a few. One team member bought every kind offered and shared them with the group.

Each person took a small sample and savored the sometimes strong and unexpected flavors. As a result each team member chose their favorites…the one or two that tickled their taste buds and produced a smile.

Such was the HA*BIT mission trip to Belize. A sampling of life that included a variety of experiences, a diversity of people and places, and multiple opportunities to serve — each creating settings that had their own flavor. Sensations and contrasts were experienced through:

  • sharing in lively worship services to the quiet prayers with the homeless;
  • caring for school children with food, activities, and our presence to the free-for-all fun and worship at the youth rally;
  • distributing meals shared with the homeless to meals enjoyed with volunteers and team members; and
  • living devotional moments of reflection to those times of joy-filled laughter and exuberant music.

As was the case with the cookies tasted and savored, our experiences in Belize were taken in and pondered with wonder and at times with sadness. Each member came away with his or her favorite moment(s) – instances when they were moved by an encounter, lifted up by caring souls, blessed by words or actions, touched by a hug or greeting, and gifted with times of laughter and fellowship.

It was our mission to go and serve. In the process, we were blessed by the smiles, hugs, kind words, and heart-to-heart conversations. Did we make a difference? We may never know who may have been affected by our presence. We can only be thankful for the chance to understand that we are not alone…that we are one family.

Praise God.

It was our mission to go and serve. In the process, we were blessed by the smiles, hugs, kind words, and heart-to-heart conversations. Did we make a difference? We may never know the effects of our actions and presence. We can only be thankful for the chance to understand that we are not alone…that we are one family.