“But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.” (Psalm 5:7 ESV)

Hello North American friends and family!

We have completed our first week in Belize! And only with one minor injury!

We wanted to share a quick update with you folks. After running around Belize City and Belmopan Monday and Tuesday with Derek and Tim Tam, we began our first day at The King’s Children’s Home Wednesday morning at 4:30am. The day mostly consisted of us watching and learning from the other volunteers (with whom we are slowly becoming good friends) and meeting as many kids as possible. The tally, as of Thursday, had been bumped to 94, so even though it feels like we learned a thousand names and faces, we still have a long way to go! Working at the home is going to be absolutely exhausting, but the kind of exhausting that leaves you falling asleep with a happy heart :) We are so, so excited to see where God takes our desire for discipleship with these kids. We are prayerfully paying very close attention to each kid we encounter and preparing to pour our lives into them.

By the way, it’s a beautiful day :) The rain is pouring softly, and the birds are LITERALLY singing. We heard one whistling what sounded very distinctly like the Star Wars theme song (the theme for Tatooine, just for clarification). And Rachel tried teaching the Hunger Games mocking jay whistle to the birds in the aviary. They almost got it :)

Some fun facts: Cole got to change a tire on a van right off the main, treacherous highway. That was an experience! Not 5 minutes after reaching Banana Bank on Friday, Rachel slipped off the sidewalk and cut her ankle. She’s clumsy, so that wasn’t a surprise. We discovered that there is much more “American” food for sale than we anticipated, and the sight of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese after a long day of being overwhelmed and already a little homesick was magical.

We miss and love y’all very, very much, and we CANNOT thank you enough for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray that we would build relationships very naturally for the purpose of making disciples in Belize. Pray that we would speak truth to everyone we meet, that our hearts would overflow with love for the kids and workers, and that we would not falter in ensuring that we are also poured into through daily time spent with our Father, and also that we would seek out mentorship and find it.

We love y’all!!!

- Cole & Rachel

Belize Fun Fact: Many Belizeans are trilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and Kriol!