The first question many people ask is how did you guys decide on a mission trip? And then, how did you choose Praying Pelicans? I always wanted to go on a mission trip and it burned in me badly during college but I just never got the chance. I received brochures and pamphlets from Praying Pelicans since before I was married. It was ironic that I happened to receive another piece of mail from them just at the same time our church Kentwood Community dedicated a Sunday service to talk mainly about missions. I tell people that that's when I was pushed over the edge that I was teetering on.
Jason and I were going and not going on the mission trip about 15 times before we actually booked it. He was supposed to do some training right at that time for the army and eventually, we pushed that back so we could take the opportunity. This happened to be a medical trip to Belize and we were intrigued by both!
We landed in Belize City Friday afternoon. We met up with a bunch of seniors (spring break for them) from Dexter Church on the East side of Michigan, along with their Pastor Tom and some chaperones. There was also a nurse Nicole and her 81 turning 82 year old Grandma. Little did I know that this group was the most welcoming and amazing group of people that we could have been blessed to serve with.
We took cold showers and this may gross you out but here's a pic of the showers.
Saturday morning we were awoken by a rooster that I think belonged in the rooster psych ward. He wouldn't stop with the cocka-doodle-dooing from 5am until well past noon. I secretly wanted to hunt him down since ear plugs didn't even help me. Needless to say, I was up early every morning and Nicole just happened to be as well. So, thankfully I had a early riser to go on walks with. Here is the view from outside the sleeping quarters.
Here's Nicole and her amazing Grandma Bonnie.
Pastura fed us many times throughout our trip. You wouldn't believe the amount of food she made in her small kitchen. She is one amazing cook! For some reason I was very scared for what we would be eating. I knew there would be a lot of rice and beans but I had no clue we'd be eating so well!!
We took a break from sports and worshipped with all the children. Two of these guys are Pastora's children. Every one of her children shine the light of God as they continue to work with the community with all of their many talents.
Jason and I were able to run into town with Pastor Mark to buy some vitamins with our donated money. We had no clue what our first medical clinic would be like, but we anticipated the needs of children being vitamins. We ran into a slight problem. The pharmacies didn't carry many children's vitamins and they were expensive. We got about 500 chewable vitamins and had to divide them into 50 packages of ten. Doesn't sound like much but it was something.
We walked through the local market to get to as many as 4-5 small pharmacies looking for vitamins.