They mixed mortar, cut and laid blocks, wrestled with rebar and poured concrete. They painted two buildings and held a Vacation Bible School for the children of San Pedro and dozens of children who rode the bus to the VBS site.
This group of 58, made up of students from different schools in the Rocky Mountain Conference, including 34 students from Campion Academy, along with a mixture of people of all ages and walks of life, blessed the country of Belize for the 11th year and made a big impact on Belize Adventist Junior College.
Under the leadership of Jim Lynch, they attacked three major work projects: continued work on the library where they lifted hundreds of cement blocks to the second story; erection of a storage/garage building which was completed to the roof installation stage between Sunday and Friday; and the painting of two buildings -- the big Spanish campus church and San Pedro’s Community Center, the focal point of San Pedro. This was where the VBS was held nightly and next door to land donated by townspeople for the new San Pedro Adventist Church.
One group handed out 3,000 Steps to Christ and the whole group held the 9th annual Great Shoe Giveaway for the local people of San Pedro. More than 60 new girls’ dresses and a dozen boys’ shirts made by Judy Olson were given out to San Pedro’s poor.
“Mission trips change our kids,” explains Bill Hay “and they come back with a great sense of gratitude for their country, their church, their school, their families and the privileges they enjoy.”
One participant summed up his experience saying that the trip to Belize was “not a highlight, but rather the highlight of my life.” [Bill Hay]