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Vacation Bible School

Wednesday, June 26

We spent the whole day today helping out the Dangriga Nazarene church. We had two VBS sessions again today. One this morning, for the 3-6 year olds and another in the afternoon for the older children. Before the second VBS session a few of us traveled to a local school to invite kids to the church. We stopped in and talked to the principal and she encouraged us to walk from class to class letting all the kids know. All the teachers were happy to have us and the kids were excited to have visitors. We ended up with our biggest VBS and had over 50 kids.

Between the VBS sessions, we had a few hours to paint inside the church. A fresh coat of white paint really brightened the building. After dinner and VBS, we had a debriefing session on the beach. The kids all shared moments they saw and witnessed God’s presence this week. There were several stories shared about God being seen in the people and children in Dangriga and within our own group as well.

Our Praying Pelican staff leader (Josh) gave us huge encouragement. After our 3rd day of VBS, our work here has started to feel a bit repetitive, and only spending one week with the kids here, Josh said it can be very common to think that the work we are doing is so small and insignificant. He assured us that in his experience, the Belizean children will remember this time for years to come. The bracelets they make in crafts are treasured more dearly to them than our electronics back at home. Though repetitive, the work we are doing is building a solid foundation for the children here to know Jesus better.

Mark 10:13-16

13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.