Another beautiful day here in San Pedro. It has gotten a bit warmer,so it felt a bit more like the place we have visited in the past, whew! Today has been a bit different than our usual days here at Holy Cross. We were fewer in numbers at the school today because Peter, Stephanie, Joyce and John made a trip over to Belize city to meet with Bishop Wright. Things seemed very different with fewer volunteers floating around.
The four who went on the trip to Belize City took the water taxi. Because of the time of day that they went over, it was not crowded, so their ride was comfortable and not too wet. Coming back to San Pedro in the afternoon was a little different. The boat was crowded and they got less appealing seats, so they felt the bumpiness of the ride and got a bit wet! They had an appointment with Bishop Phillip Wright, the bishop of Belize. They discussed how he looked at the future of Holy Cross School and further development of the church's presence on San Pedro and in San Mateo. Bishop Wright felt that the pastoral mission would be the next item on the agenda for the area. He would like to build some sort of House of Worship and a small apartment for a priest to make regular visits to the island. The Bishop wanted the priest to have a developing role within the community by coming to the island on Saturday so he could spend some time with the people, worship with them on Sunday and then have a bit more time with the students before he would go back to Belize City on Monday. He felt that the process would develop slowly and hopefully reach a point where a full time priest would be needed in order to support the community. The group then went to see the Cathedral, St. John the Baptist. They attended a service in a small side chapel at the Cathedral with the Bishop presiding and Stephanie assisting him at Holy Communion. All said that it was a very special time to celebrate a spiritual side to this mission trip. The group had lunch and returned to San Pedro.
|St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Belize City|
St. Lukers with the Bishop of Belize
Meanwhile, back at Holy Cross most everyone was busy and working hard. Poor Adam was back at Ruby's not feeling well today. Dr. Jim, Pam, Sandra and Timothy were our San Mateo visitors this morning. At one house where they stopped the mother thought her little boy had "snakes". Dr. Jim quickly realized that she meant worms which he did have. Glenda, the Community Heath Worker, will supply the medicine for treatment. They also returned to check on the twins again, there are also two older siblings in the family. Dr. Jim examined all of the children and weighed them. Next stop was a recheck of a little boy who was seen the day before. He had fallen and severely hurt his leg and had been treated at the hospital. Multiple incisions had been made to relieve pressure in his leg. The incisions had become infected and Dr. Jim had prescribed antibiotic cream for his wounds. Upon recheck, the antibiotic was already doing it's job and the incisions had begun improving. Visiting patients in San Mateo can be a very overwhelming experience. We see such sad conditions and it is heartbreaking. People are living with so few basic services ( like clean water and electricity) and we can only help so much. Some of these families are just so grateful to have a roof over their heads and you see the spirit of God everywhere. This trip and especially going out into San Mateo to really be with some of the families of Holy Cross kids certainly gives everyone pause, what are our priorities, where do we use our time and talents and how do we spend our money. " Matthew 25:40" is where we should look very intently.
|Dr. Jim checking the twins|
The rest of us stayed back at Holy Cross and attended to different jobs. Kristen was again seeing young patients here at the school. Timothy was helping a teacher and helping the kitchen staff again. Boy, they really love her in that kitchen. Bob and Scott were again busy in bicycle land Ginny and Kathy were in the computer lab, harassing Mike.
|Bike repair tools|
|Mr. Freddie gets in on the bike action|
|Adam's Finished project, cover for the slide|
|Ashanti in her class|
|Afternoon office calls for Dr.Jim|
|Sandra in the classroom|
|After school cutie!|
|They look so innocent!!|
|But someday, Gambler's Anonymous|