Hi! I’m Paige and I am one of the students in the April 2012 school. We’ve been in San Pedro for a little over a month now, and have been blessed recently with two outreach teams from other YWAM bases coming to Destination Paradise. Around two weeks ago, YWAM Pachuca, Mexico came to minister to the children and people here. They are an amazing team of ten and have been such a blessing here in San Pedro. A week ago, another team from Switzerland also came to do their debriefing (processing their completed outreach). They had been in Belmopan, the capital of Belize, doing ministry as part of their outreach prior to coming over to Ambergris Caye.
The Pachuca team has been doing evangelistic dramas in the park, helping out in classrooms and tutoring children in the afternoons. They also have been doing intersession for San Pedro and San Mateo, and been visiting local homes cleaning and developing personal relationships with the people. Almost every day they rode their bikes into town (4.5 miles each way). It has been such a great time getting to know them and I even got to practice my Spanish with them!! For the most part it was mostly Spanglish, but I have bonded so much with them and will miss them when they leave.
When the Swiss team came, I was super excited to hear about the ministry work they did in Belmopan. They were there for 3 weeks and then came to stay for 5 days at the base. During those 3 weeks, they did much work with the local churches and did painting, passing out flyers for a new church, and doing prayer walks around town praying for the people and the city. They went to the University and shared their testimonies, helped out in schools and painted doors and their base. It has been such a great time getting to know them and hearing some of their stories and it has helped get me excited for the ways we will serve in Europe on our outreach.
It is really amazing how so many people, from all over the world, can come together to one place and just after a short time of knowing someone, you feel like family because we share the same Father and desire….to love others!! We were so blessed by these teams and their willingness to share with us and with others throughout Belize.
Paige Furukawa – April 2012 Leadership DTS