Our final morning the power went out - we were so blessed that we had made it all week without that happening. They were able to get us a little to eat. Anthony read Acts 1:8, "8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." for our final devotion. He charged the group to really go forth and from this journey - taking the passion they had for missions and spread the gospel to their hometown and state and beyond It was a great last word of encouragement.
It rained on the way to the airport - but we processed easily through check-in and our flight was on time! Praise. We landed in Houston - and had 2 hours - enough time you would think - but we spent 1 1/2 hour getting through customs, claiming luggage, and going back through security. We then ran through the airport - 3 terminals away - JB quickly connected with his Aunt Lucinda, who had cookies for everyone - (a much needed boost) and we boarded the plane with about 2 minutes to spare. While everyone boarded - I grabbed sandwiches and water and we took a great sigh of relief. They delayed take-off about 10 minutes for our luggage - and then we headed for Charlotte. It was a great day for flying! We were thrilled when we got to the airport and were greated by Anthony, Gary, Sara, Kaitlin, and Stephen's parents.
We made it - - - but most of the luggage did not:) No one complained at all - they promised to deliver on Sunday.
Words will never express how much this week has meant to the team. I could write for hours telling you of all the times and ways God showed us His power, grace, provision, and love! He thrilled us over and over! I thought the best way to end the blog was allowing the students to express their feelings about how the trip impacted them in their own wordsl
Going to Belize has been a good time. I have learned a lot about my class and personally. I have learned how lucky we are. We have accomplished a lot here and learned many things too. I think that going to Belize was a great experience. – Corbin
I feel like during this week we have all grown closer and have helped other team members when in need. This has been a spiritual blessing for all of us, as we have seen each other grown in many different ways. Being in a third world county has its challenges, but the challenges have made the trip fun. It has been a lifetime experience. – Sara Arnette
It has been a life changing experience for me. It was an awesome experience being out of the country and seeing how another part of the world lives. It was great being able to help those people. – Daniel Brown
Thank God for His mercies this week to me and all of us. We praise Him for His tender care for His children from DCS and His children in Belize. From the weather to our health, He has protected us and blessed our mission. – Michael Brown
This past week I’ve learned a lot. I learned about how they live, with none of the accessories we take for granted. Also, Omar gave us a lot of facts and taught us about the wildlife. We went to the Myan Ruins and learned a lot about their history. – Zeb Boykin
This week has been a life changing experience. I have loved sharing the gospel with the people here. Belize has made me feel blessed with what we have at home. God has blessed us with many great miracles this week, and we praise Him for it! - Marian Carr
During this last week I have learned that there are people everywhere that need help. Many other people have it a lot worse than we do so through some of our troubles we should always know that things aren’t so bad after all. We should appreciate everything we have and thank God for everything He has blessed us with. – Gary Deese
This trip has really opened my eyes. Being here has shown me how great we have it. I really enjoyed being with the kids. God has shown me a lot through our talks with Dr. Brown. This has been the most eye opening trip I have taken. – Stephen Johnson
I have realized how important it is to make sacrifices in your daily life for the Lord - also how important it is not to complain because there are so many that have it much worse. We are extremely spoiled and take everything for granted. We should constantly be worshiping and praising His name for all the blessings He has given us. - Hunter Jordan
Belize is a great place. It was fun to stay at a hotel without air-conditioning and learn to appreciate it more. I enjoyed paving and finishing the job early. The kids at the church were great and by the 3rd day, I have gotten to know them and like them a lot. It was amazing how they can be so happy and full of energy without much food, A/C or belongings. – Lawrence Jordan
This trip has meant a lot to me. At first it was hard for me being gone from home for so long but after hearing great devotions, they reminded me to stay strong and that the Lord would take care of me. My favorite part of this week was working with kids at VBS. It was amazing to see how excited they were about everything we gave them. This trip really has been a great experience. – Kaitlin Locklear
This trip has opened my eyes to the needs of third world countries and also the needs of our country. JB Pittman
The biggest impact I have experienced is how poor and needy the church and community was but they continued to stay happy and excited for the Lord. This showed me that even though we have PLENTY in America, we need to be thrilled that God is our Savior, and we need to be thankful for all things. – Allyson Rice
Although some people don’t agree with short term mission, going on one and seeing all I have seen, they are all worth it, and they can change people’s lives. So I encourage all people who read this to think about going on one. – Anthony D. Santilli
Thank you for supporting us, loving us, praying for us, and encouraging us! Continue to pray for the people in Belize. Please pray for team members - pray for their spiritual growth and desire to continue missions. As Anthony said this morning - we are His witnesses - may we all be obedient to the call to Go & Tell!