Our final day in Pomona was such an encouraging day. It was hard to leave tonight. The people have been so welcoming and warm.
We began the day with another wonderful breakfast of oatmeal and fresh pineapple. The children began to arrive for sports camp early and we were into full swing. I prayed today that the Lord would save someone from their sin. I first went to Mattison’s group and during his Bible study a child, Jeremiah, kept getting up and walking away from the group doing his own thing. I pulled him off to the side and picked him up like a baby and started talking to him. He was a cute 8 year old. I asked him if he knew who Jesus was. He said, “No”. I then one on one shared the gospel with him. I asked him if he wanted to follow Jesus and be baptized. He said, “Not now.” He was a cute kid.
Then I began to walk across the field and an 18 year old that was in our worship time last night came up and asked me what he could do to get his life back on track. I told him that it was impossible and kept walking. He followed and said, “What?” I said, “It is impossible to do on your own. The real question is What do I need to do to be saved from my sin?” The night before he was very engaged with the gospel message even during invitation. He told me he became a Christian the night before. I then asked him to pray and confess Christ as Lord right then. He did. Then we encouraged him to be baptized. His name was Alex. His friend, Jerrel, walked up and also asked almost the same question as Alex walked away to get a Bible. I told him the same thing and he prayed and confessed Christ as Lord. They both came tonight to the closing worship time and met Pastor Wayne. He encouraged them to come to the baptism classes next week. So the Lord answered my prayer times two! We had a closing ceremony where the kids recited their memory verses and we sang a few songs.
After lunch half of our team went back to the children’s home and the other half painted children’s furniture for the preschool. It was very rustic furniture. Nothing like what we would use in the states. I had the opportunity to talk to the pastor’s oldest daughter Christy. The Lord has his hand on her life. She is such a strong, teenager in her faith. It was good to listen, encourage, and pray with her. As I listened I couldn’t help but think about how similiar teenagers are all around the world.
The team came back and we all gathered in the worship center with the cooks, the team, and the pastor. We presented him with a tee shirt, left over soccer goals, and a love offering. He presented me with a Belize flag from their worship area. We plan to hang it in the merge.
Then they prepared a feast for us! Fresh Lobster tails, fried shrimp, and some type of bread pudding made from a root and ginger. To top it off our third coke product this week in a glass bottle.
The final worship service was awesome. We had a sharing time. Many from the village came out. The women’s group got up to share and their was a black out in electricity. When their is a blackout in the village, it is dark! I guess this happens all the time. A few of the children got a bit scared and the ladies calmed them as they lit candles and told them to sit down, we weren’t finished. They began to sing worship songs by candle light. At the end of their song the lights were restored. It was one of those Wow moments. Pastor Wayne shared a brief message and thanked us, and then we sang Shout to the Lord (which was a song I learned with our students my second year in student ministry at Barnwell on our first mission trip.) There was many hugs and tears and we returned home. The people of Belize may not have as nice of things as the average American, but they have each other and they value relationships. If there is one thing I have been challenged with it is this: We should use things, and value people…Not use people, and value things.
Now starts a beautiful partnership with a missional church in Pomona, Belize.
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