This Monday we left with Nancy, Sulmi, and Danni (from the YWAM team) heading for Placencia, Belize. We made a few stops on the way, one to the zoo.
It was nice that Nancy stopped several times to help the 5 hour trip not feel so long. We really enjoyed the zoo! I also loved the artbox which had a selection of Christian books and CD's along with a bunch of beautifully handcrafted items.
At around 4:30pm we arrived in Placencia. Why did we go? We joined 3 other families, our supervisors, and 4 other singles for an EMM retreat. All of the missionaries in Central America get together once a year. This year it was in Belize so we had a shorter car trip. One family didn't come. They live in Hondorus and the Honduran government gave them unexpected trouble at the border. That was disappointing!
We spent 2 days fellowshipping, eating together talking and playing. Twice a day we had sessions with Rich and Rachel Deeds who lead groups north of Placencia. They do ministry at a place called Life Change Institute. Nathanael and Danni interpreted for Nancy during the sessions.
We had wonderful childcare workers, some who are serving in Guatemala, and some who came from the States just to help with the children. Our children really had fun. The bulk of the children knew each other from Oasis and training in the summer of 2014. It was good to be with friends especially other TCK's/MK's.
While I am on the subject, I read an awesome article about TCK's I will share the link to. Really it is Nathanael and my job to shepherd their hearts. Lucianna also comes beside us to make sure the children are thought about and cared for. I think though it helps if "you" the reader understand a bit of the world that my children live in. Saying goodbye often and struggling with emotions are common for them. They are still unsure how to answer where they are "from" or where home is. Sometimes they hate it here. Just last week Zion decide that when we leave in June she won't come with us. This is just a part of the roller coaster we are all on.
We left the retreat encouraged and saddened. Saying goodbye is difficult. It is our hope that we have raised enough funds to return by next year's retreat. At this point we are not sure what will happen.
Thank you for supporting and praying for us!
Praying for continued peace, strength, and feeling Jesus' sweet embrace surrounding all of you. Easter blessings to you all.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much StephanieDelete
Praying for all of you So many fond memories of Belize and of EMM's Retreat. The Deed's are amazing. So glad you got to spend time with them:)ReplyDelete
We feel blessed to have met them!Delete