July 13, 2013
Thank you all for your prayer support.
Our team has arrived safely in Belize yesterday afternoon. Right after checking in our hotel, we went to Belize Chinese Christian Church and were treated with a delightful dinner made by the church members. The dinner was also a great opportunity for us to get to know them, and our youth quickly bonded with their youth, some of which would join us in the missions work for the following ten days.
Today, because of rain, we went to the youth hostel instead of the flooded Pickstock area. As you may know, many of the youth in the hostel were there because of some troubled past. After given the brushes and rollers, we started painting the white base layers for the murals in the front of the kitchen building and the classroom, Then our art team, comprised of Craig, Kevin, Ivana, and Jessie met with some of the youth in the hostels to discuss what we should paint on the murals. They shared the same vision of painting positive, encouraging images and words.
We are building relationship with the people we met. I saw Andrew listening intently to our Belizean bus driver. I saw Adam, Caleb, and Jessie laughing with the youth in the hostel. I saw Craig sharing stories with the artist who will design the mural at Pickstock. I saw Jimmy, Kevin, and Jonathan Zhang having a good time with the Belizean church youth.
Please pray that when some of go back to the youth hostel on Monday, we are able to finish the murals and that the murals would be a message of hope and our prayer of blessing to the youth there in the hostel. Please also pray for a better weather so we can begin the mural project in Pickstock.