Two words. UH Mazing. This summer was by far the most incredible summer I have had. And its thanks to so many of you that I was able to experience all the things I did. I learned so much about myself this summer its crazy. (Or in the new words of my family, "Cray, cray"). I met some of the most amazing people this summer. Some were people who lived in Belize and some were the people that came down with me. I made some great friends that I'm sure I will keep for the rest of my life. I met some people and children in Belize that I will forever remember. Those kids at the orphanage and Faith Nazarene School will always hold a special place in my heart. It was so surreal to walk away from them for the last time and realize that most likely I will never see them again, ever. Just sitting here and thinking about it is making me teary eyed. I'm so glad I took lots of video of them so I can listen to their voices whenever I want. Its just so sad to think that they might forget about me in the next month. I will just be another volunteer that came to their school. When to me, they are that special little boy/girl that made a humungous difference in my life. I'm proud to say I know most of them by name. Granted, I'll probably forget some of their names in the next month as well, but I learned so much from them. They taught me how to love unconditionally. They taught me that worldly things don't make a happy person. They taught me the importance of accepting everyone for who they are. They taught me to not be so quick to judge. The members of the Santa Elena Branch taught me the importance of having a real relationship with my Heavenly Father. Their testimonies are so... raw, for the lack of a better word, down there. Every prayer is different, every testimony sincerely said. Prayers and testimonies are great here in the states too, but its just...different there.
*Sacred Heart College Garden
*Benefit Dinner for Mary Open Doors (home for battered women)
*Two week computer course
*Month long reading camp at the Faith Nazarene School
*Sports Camp at an Kings Orphanage
*Visiting Marla's (home for girls)
*Painting and Ramps at near by school
*Repainting of windows at a near by school
*Peace Camp at George Price Center
*Octavia Weight (home for elderly people most with disabilities)
We did a lot this summer and I can't even tell you how blessed I am to have participated in these projects. The people there make it all worth it.
*Xunantunich (Mayan ruins)
*ATM Cave Spelunking
I saw a lot of cool places and things this summer as well. I had to take advantage of my surroundings while I was down there. Tikal and ATM Caves were definitely the two favorite.
Since being home I have realized how extremely blessed I am. Its crazy to come home and have cold water come out of the fridge to drink. To have warm water come out of the shower. To not be constantly sweating because we have AC. To not have to manually fill the washer with water to clean my clothes. To have a dryer instead of hang drying my clothes. To have a real bed to sleep in. To have internet access at all times. To have carpet and tile and wood flooring that isn't covered in dirt. And so on and so forth. We are so incredibly blessed here in the states.
|Moses and I. Miss this little boy so much.|
|Jasmyn and I at the orphanage|
|Jasmyn teaching at the reading camp|
|The boys doing their health lesson|
|Jez and her class. Beautiful scenery, right?|
|Saying bye to Jasmyn at the aiport!|
|Mark, the owner of Flayvas. We went to Flayvas a lot to get internet|
|Kasey. I taught her class at the Naz school and then found her at church!|
|Some of us on some of our last sunday.|
|Girlies. We're crazy!|
|Kasey, Andi, and I|
|We lived in San Igancio and thought this was a funny sign.|
|Miran and Jeff|
|Moses and I again|
|Miran, Moses, and I. Looks like we're a family. ahaha|
|Jeff, Moses, and I|
|Jeff and I with Moses and Leilani|
|Isn't he just the cutest thing you've ever seen?|
|My turn to say goodbye! My country directors, Amanda and Hilary|
|Mine and Taylors last picture in Belize.|
|This is Kelsey. He wanted my shoes so I left them for him. Take good care of them, Kels!|
Sorry for the long post and the mass amount of pictures. It was a blast! And you better Belize I loved every second. Goodbye Belize. I'll sure miss you.