Day 3 of Tracy Crowley’s voyage to Central America included her visit to the Liberty Children’s Home in Belize. Tracy and five other women from Delaware and Maryland set sail as members of a Mission Ships program, which combines the pleasure of taking a cruise with real volunteerism in poor countries.
When we arrive at the Liberty Children’s Home, we are greeted by their director, Delfinia Mitchell. She is clearly the heart and soul of this home. She is overjoyed at seeing so many groceries, supplies and gifts for the children. The food we purchased should last about three months. We unload all the groceries and then all the backpacks. Among the shoes, colored markers, colored pencils, candy and crafts we have 17 bottles of shampoo. Delfinia was really happy about the shampoo. She tells us that it will last the 23 children there for a year! They ration shampoo because it is so expensive.
Next we get a tour and some stories of real God moments. By the way, while we were on the tender that takes you from the big ship to Belize, we struck up a conversation with a woman and her daughter who had done some missions work before. They were going on an excursion to the zoo in Belize. When they got to shore they had missed the excursion and decided to tag along with us.
The school was quaint and beautiful. Very open buildings, lots of yellow painted concrete and even pigs and chickens! VERY big pigs. The home houses 23 children who are hard to place. The reason they are hard to place is because they are all large families of 3 or more children. The Children’s Home doesn’t split them up if they want to stay a family. So, mostly they don’t get adopted BUT Delfinia told us that in February, a family of 5 kids had just been adopted by a couple in New York.
The big kids were in school, so we went to the preschool and visited with the little kids. They were just getting up from their naps and were so cute! We gave them our Armour of God craft and they had fun putting it together. We also read some books to them and visited with the little girl that has cerebral palsy. She lives at the home too.
At 4:00 the big kids came home! What an adorable, funny bunch of kids! They greeted us with smiles and hugs. We greeted them with candy- Yum! They were clean and well-mannered and showed us around. I can’t wait for them to be able to have all the treats we brought them.
Some fun “God incidences” we encountered… We were six ladies who decided to go on a cruise, we ended up on The Liberty of the Seas, going to the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville Belize. The ladies we met on the tender? From Libertyville, Illinois.
Also, Delfinia told us a few great stories. One being that after many years of wanting a greenhouse to grow vegetables for the kids they finally got enough volunteers to help them. When it was all done, they carefully planted different vegetables in neat rows. When the plants began to grow, Delfinia was upset to see that the whole greenhouse was filled with tomato plants. Not one other thing grew. After the tomatoes came in they had bushels and bushels- way too much for the kids to eat. So she sent some baskets to the local businesses that had supported the Liberty Children’s Home in the past. One of those places was the Radisson Hotel. The next week the Radisson called and asked if they could send six bushels because they wanted to use them in the kitchen. This grew to even more hotels needing them and now Liberty Children’s Home has a source of revenue to help support themselves.Talk about God at work.
Next stop, Cozumel!!!