Belize is an amazing country full of very nice people. I went there my Freshman year of high school during spring break for a mission trip, and I totally fell in love with the people. We left from Tulsa and flew to Dallas then to Belize City. From Belize City we rode in vans through the beautiful Belizean countryside for four hours until we came to the resort near Placencia where we would stay. It is called In His Palms, and from there each day we went to a banana plantation where we had a Vacation Bible School for the children that went to school there. We split up into different groups, each with a different age group, and we taught them about how Jesus died to save them. After the Vacation Bible School was over each day we split into small groups and each did something different. A few groups, mine included, went out into the community on the banana plantation and talked to the adults that lived there. Other groups played soccer with the children or did a bible study with the older children there. On Wednesday night we showed a video in Spanish that told pretty much everything that happened in the Bible, and many people accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. On Thursday we baptized quite a few people that had committed to following Jesus. It was an amazing trip and all the people there were open and friendly. They had a love for others that is hardly ever seen in America. Children would come up to us each day and ask if they could have a Bible because they did not have one at home. For the first couple of days we gave out Bibles, but we ran out quickly. Many of the people that went with me ended up giving their own bibles so that the children could have a bible. By the end of the week that we spent in Belize no one wanted to return to America. The beauty of the country and the kindness of the people is in stark contrast to what is experienced in America, and coming back to the wealth and busy people in America was a shock after we had gotten used to Belize. My trip to Belize was amazing and it taught me how a person can be happy with little, and yet Americans are unhappy when they have a lot.
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