Saying goodbye is never easy. This afternoon the team played an informal match of soccer with the children of 8 Mile. Canada was leading 8 to 4 but Belize scored after we said, "next goal wins!" Then it was time to say our farewells and many of the kids hugged us and asked when we're coming back. In a matter of hours the team will board a flight that will end this mission and take us back to our seperate lives. As I enjoyed an evening of fellowship and stories my mind wandered to Psalm 126; "...we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing...The LORD has done great things for us; whereof we are glad."
This morning a two hour drive took us inland to Xunantenich, an ancient Mayan ruin. What a delight it was for Vera and I to sit, looking out over the lushous green landscape below. In the distance we could actually see Guatemala and we rejoiced to be on the field together again. It has been a great privilege and blessing to lead such a keen group of young people to Belize. They worked hard and well together and we are glad that the Lord has a plan for each of their lives. Maybe His purpose and plan will include another trip to Belize. Certainly this trip has changed us and we will take home many glad memories. -To Jesus Christ our Lord be all the glory-