Monday, February 15, 2016

Belize Stories: Visiting the Nursing Home

Each day of the trip was a highlight, but I think that Friday may have been at the top of my highlight list. We had waited until the Hearts of Christ team arrived so that we could all travel to San Ignacio to deliver some medical equipment and supplies to the residents at the Octavia Waight Centre. We spent over an hour visiting with the dear people who live there and it was such a joy!

One of the ladies we met named Joyce had a love for hymns and pretty soon, a group started singing with her. We sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" and "I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy." It was a precious time and made my heart fill up with love and joy at the special gift we'd been given that afternoon.

We also had the blessing of meeting Ms. Bridgit and she was celebrating her birthday that day. She especially liked Doug and told him that he had "the most beautiful blue eyes." We got to sing "Happy Birthday" to her, both Belizian-style and American-style.

The residents are so well-cared for and loved at this facility. The motto on the sign reads, "Aging with Dignity; Living with Respect." You can see the love on the faces of the director, Sue Lopez, and the rest of the staff, and they were all so grateful for the supplies that we brought. Sue said that what they didn't use there, they would share with people in the community.

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