Our mission team enjoyed a great week in Belize. Much was accomplished and much was learned. There are three essential things that can help build a better you. We were blessed to see all three of them Friday in Santa Teresa, Belize. First, I’ll address these things in a general sense. Second, we will get very specific about what they are and how they help build a better you.
This post is a photo essay, beginning with the cover picture. As I walked into the Santa Teresa church I saw the chair and the things in it. What caught my eye was a ROW water bottle. As I looked through the pictures at the end of the day I realized the significance of the picture. God is good!
The chair was one of two construction projects for the people of Santa Teresa, Belize. We were working in the Trinity Baptist Church where we held the Pastor Training School. However, the chairs were not for that church. Last April, a young pastor in the school requested help with chairs for his congregation. Since we had already roofed the Trinity Church, installed a water purification system on the Trinity site, and assisted with their new kitchen it was time to engage them in helping another church.
The bag hanging on the chair represented all the things that have been taken to Santa Teresa. So much of that was supplied by you and many others who support this ministry. Last week we took fabric, VBS materials for the next team to use, tools for construction, and parts to repair sewing machines. The box on the front of the chair is full of machine parts. And don’t miss the bag for battery operated tools! Now, let’s see the three essentials that help build a better you.
Educating others builds a better you!
These pictures show Mark (mission volunteer) teaching others. Mark is not unique, but he was doing the teaching Friday where I was with the camera! But all our volunteers do that. The men who have worked on the various construction projects educate others as they work. The women have done the same thing in the local school, leading a women’s study, and leading sewing schools.
Equipping others builds a better you!
Educating others gives what I’ll call an academic experience. After Mark educated the young men around him in how to make a chair, he gave them some hands on experience in the process. They moved from watching him to helping him. You can see this taking place. Equipping others means you show them how to implement what you have taught them.
Encouraging others builds a better you!
After they helped Mark for a while, he quietly stepped aside and let them do the work. When they hesitated or attempted to hand the tools back to him he encouraged them by assuring them they could do it. Encouraging others is assuring them they can do what they have been educated and equipped to do.
An Exciting Conclusion
From the pictures, you wouldn’t know there are men from more than one church working together. Educating, equipping, and encouraging others will enable that to happen. This was a big step for the churches in Belize. It was a good step. Maybe we should be employing these three essentials right here at home? Think about it!