Mission Trip – Summer 2016
In late June of this year, twenty adventurous souls set out of Ambergris Caye, a small island off the coast of Belize. It was a week well spent with hard work, great stories, shared meals and no shortage of laughter.
Eastern Shore Chapel has been going to work at Belize for ten years and we have a wonderful reputation as a hardworking group. I was speaking to Lydia Brown the volunteer coordinator and she told me that Mr. Freddie (the man who does everything at the school) was looking forward to us being there as ESC has always been one of the elite volunteer groups. So we should all be proud of the work we have done in the past and the work we will do this year.
So why do we have to travel to another place to do the work of the Church? As I tell the groups each year it is to get out of our comfort zone and to be transformed, so we are better equipped to do the work in the world that Jesus has commanded us to do.
Why does Holy Cross need our help? In Belize education is mandatory, however the government only provides teachers, so Holy Cross and the community must provide the building, the administration, the support, the meals, the list goes on and on. This support comes from donations and relies on the work that volunteer teams do throughout the year. Holy Cross serves the community of San Mateo, one of the most impoverished areas in Belize. Before Holy Cross there was no chance for education for the children of San Mateo. Holy Cross started about 10 years ago with 50 students and has now grown to over 500 students. They still turn away over a hundred students each year. The past few years Holy Cross has started to receive awards for testing progress and this past year they are starting to receive awards for testing achievement. Where there was a vacuum there is now hope. That is reason enough for us to continue to support this effort with our time talent and treasure, which Eastern Shore Chapel has been so generous with.
Contact Scottdarnell@cox.net for more information on this ministry.