Our second week in Belize, though not without difficulty, was fantastic! We’re learning more and more about the people, the culture, and God’s great love!

Every morning the kids at KCH do their devotionals before breakfast which consist of prayer, singing, reciting scripture they’ve memorized (usually a whole chapter such as psalms 5 or psalms 91!), and reading from a devotional book. This week one of the scriptures we meditated on was 1 John 4:8 which states:

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8 ESV)

God is love! What a profound truth! And what an important thing to remember while living with over 90 kids that so desperately need His love. Some of the kids are completely disrespectful and downright hateful, and for a sinner like me it’s not easy to always love them. The feeling of helplessness makes it hard to even want to love them

I found myself getting discouraged, and I asked God to reveal to me why we had come here at all. Later, while helping Rachel with choir practice, God silently answered me with a single phrase that still echoes throughout my heart:

“I love them…” 

Our God loves and intimately knows every child at KCH! He desires them and it was for them that He sent His Son to die! It’s easy to forget that most of these kids come from a very, very rough background of abuse, neglect, and abandonment, but the Lord never forgets, and He is far from apathetic towards them. He loves them regardless of whether they love Him back because He is LOVE, and that is just the type of wonderful God He is!

Prayer requests:
1. That God will continue to reveal both His will for us and His heart for the people of Belize.

2. That God will establish strong relationships for the purpose of spreading His gospel and making disciples!

3. Boldness in speaking and living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ

“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” Psalm 27:10

- Cole & Rachel

Belizean Fun Fact: They love fried chicken from Chinese restaurants!