As we were concluding one life chapter, we decided to take a trip to Belize for some time of reflection, play, and rest. Having heard that there was good scuba diving in Ambergris Caye, a quick search resulted in us contacting YWAM Destination Paradise for a place to stay. We looked forward to being a part of a Christian community while relaxing and enjoying God’s creation.
It was such a blessing to stay with YWAM. We were immediately welcomed into their community when we arrived. Actually, before we even got to the base, we were already welcomed by those in town who knew YWAM. People eagerly directed us to the base as they heard where we were heading. Clearly, YWAM has had an impact through their presence in Ambergris Caye.
We heard students’ life stories and celebrated their new revelations of who God is. We worshiped with the community and enjoyed meals under the palapa (thatched roof). We participated in adventures of jumping off the dock and being pirates on the Hobie cats (small sail boats). We enjoyed the quiet evenings of conversation and star gazing.
When we arrived midweek, the students in DTS were finishing up a section on hearing God’s voice. The following week they began discussing how they can become more of who God has called them to be. As we were contemplating what our next steps in life should be, their lessons led to conversations we needed to have as a couple. We were fortunate to sit in on a teaching about the barriers to our walk with Jesus which we continue to contemplate and wrestle with now.
Though we were on base for less than a week, as we waited for the water taxi to start our journey home, we knew we would miss our new friends at YWAM. It’s exciting to know that there are young people being prepared to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. We’re thankful we had time to be still and know He is God while enjoying the beautiful breeze on the Caribbean waters at YWAM DP.
Gloria and Sam- April 2013 Guests