Monday, January 28, 2019

Mission trips are life-changing

Mission trips are a life-changing experience, regardless of your background or experience. Each trip is different and that's what makes them so special. For me, this was my first trip to Belize with Team 1 from St. Luke’s. Team 2 arrives near the end of the week and also includes members from other churches in NC.

Going into this trip, I held little to no knowledge about the culture or even the location of Belize. Right off the plane, warm tropic breezes, delicious food and friendly smiles greeted us.
Bob and Dan with Mr. Ayoni
Along with the school donations we carried with us, Team 1 is dedicated to assisting instruction at Holy Cross Anglican School.  Now, it has been decades since I calculated the perimeter and area of shapes, but gratefully, those old formulas soon came back to me and I am able to help the older students with their math quizzes. In addition we are reading to the younger students. 

On every mission trip, it is always the local people who pull on my heart strings.  Their sweet smiles will forever be embedded in my mind and their genuine laughter is priceless.

For mission trips, you do get to have fun/free time on the weekend or after school. Sunday afternoon, Bob Moore and I went snorkeling near the barrier reef. That was indescribable! Where else can you say that you swam with sharks, stingrays, and colorful fish too numerous to count? Also, I saw a sea turtle! Who casually does that? STL Belize Team 1 does! 

What is making this time so valuable is meeting new people. I now have lifelong friendships that started with a simple conversation. This isn’t just the people who work or go to Holy Cross, but also people we meet in town. I am able to grow stronger in my faith alongside my team mates as we continue our mission journey this coming week.

In Peace & Grace, Dan+


Elizabeth Witherspoon said...

So glad you are having such a meaningful time, Dan! Thank you for your post. And, what is it about basic algebra and geometry that seems to lock deep in our brains for a lifetime? Peace, Elizabeth

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Annamarie05 said...

I love it there! I’m glad you are having a great time. Tell everyone I said hello and give them a hug. It’s great to have new people to go and experience all the things that have made the yearly trip so meaningful to our congregation. I hope more people go. It’s a great mission with great people.

Unknown said...

I was just looking at my digital photo album of my time in Belize. Many pictures from 2/2/16. It's hard to believe it's been 3 years. I will return! Especially if Bob keeps up his gentle nudging and encouragement. Glad to see SL's legacy at Holy Cross enduring. All the best to the team and our many friends at Holy Cross.

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