Kingdom Treasures

 Yesterday was a great reminder of Colossians 3:1-3

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set 1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Before breakfast this morning, a young man named Tash arrived to inquire with Mr. Bob about finding work. Bob had not appeared yet, so I quickly introduced myself and struck up a dialogue with him. Things quickly turned to spiritual matters: he grew up in the Catholic Church, but had left as an adult because he felt that they were not following the Bible, but worshipping idols. He had questions about where heaven is located, was this the end of the world, and what it means to be Christian. It was delightful to share the good news of Jesus Christ with him and explain that there is a hole in his life that women, alcohol, and money will never fill- but Jesus can make him complete! We talked about the importance of reading the Bible and going to church where a pastor can teach him what the scriptures mean. God clearly opened a door for me to share the gospel- my heart was overjoyed.☺️ 

God gave me an open door to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with Tash.
After breakfast, 6 of us left with Bob to visit Lubaantun, a Mayan ruin nearby. Ben and Nate were fighting intestinal issues and decided to stay behind and rest. So we drove along and right before the ruins, we saw this house:  

 There was a sign at the road explaining that this house was the largest recycling project in the country. A woman saw us looking and waved us in. So we stopped, met Elissa, and toured the home that she and her husband have been building for three years. The building is made of garbage: wine bottles, glass coke bottles, plastic bottles and used tires held together by cement. 

This woman spends hours a day trying to save the planet by artistically reusing the materials others have thrown away. The creativity and ingenuity is truly amazing. 

After our time with Elissa, we went to Lubaantun, a local Mayan ruin made famous by the discovery of a quartz crystal skull (this is where the idea for the Indiana Jones movie, The Crystal Skull, came from). Our experience was somewhat comedic in that we were drenched with sweat and just wanted a quick tour. But our guide  was excited to show us his knowledge and so… he began reading the wall signs in the small museum!!😳😜😂 

 Geronimo (our guide) was very kind and gracious. You can tell he loves Mayan history and his ancestors. It was sad to walk among the site, that though was a once magnificent, thriving center of trade, is now reduced to large piles of rubble. (A medical doctor in search of treasure in 1925, blasted multiple monuments with dynamite.😔) But even now you can see to pok-ta-pok courts (a Mayan ball game where the victor had the honor of being a human sacrifice), as well as the altar where sacrifices were made. So many emotions accompany viewing such a place, but mostly a thankfulness that we can we can know the One True God, and be called his children (John 1:12). 

 After visiting the ruins, we went back to the Training Center for lunch, rest and packing. We ate dinner afterwards and the headed to San Antonio to visit Geronimo and Othelia’s church. We had told Othelia that we might visit, but she was certain we wouldn’t come. So when we walked in the door, the smile on her and Geronimo’s faces was priceless. 

Othelia coerced us ladies into leading the congregation in song. 😊
Geronimo promptly announced that someone in our group should bring a message and Othelia came to our seats to ask the ladies to lead in song.😳😊 There was a portion of the service devoted to memory verse recitation- so young and old alike came to the front and shared the verse they had been working- it was so encouraging! Maybe our church should do that! It certainly spoke volumes as to what was important to their church. 

A young girl took her turn showing the church that she had hidden God’s Word in her heart.
Overall, attending the service was a precious time of worshipping with and encouraging the saints. Joe preached the gospel and several responded to receive Christ. Many smiles, handshakes and blessings conclude the service and our time in San Antonio. 

 

Today we are in Placencia. We have come to debrief and relax as a team. Praise the Lord, Ben and Nathan seem to be feeling much better. Pastor Bob and his daughter Hannah have also been under the weather, so please keep praying for the health of our team and missionaries.  

Just a little glimpse of what we are expriencing today in Placencia as we debrief. Doesn’t it look like a postcard?!

All in all, this trip has been about investing ourselves in things of eternal value. What a joy it has been to endure heat, humidity, and for some, illness, for the sake of the Gospel.  The things of earth are passing away- houses made of bottles, temples made by hands…. but the Word of God will last forever!!  

Thank you for all of your prayers! We are eternally thankful for our time here and looking forward to being reunited with our children, family and friends!

Blessings from Belize!

Trisha❤️