July 6, 2021

Mexico and Belize Part 1

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This year, the Lord graciously provided us with the opportunity to travel down to Mexico and Belize in our bus for three weeks. Peter Sawatzky, along with his wife and two girls, traveled with us to serve as our interpreter, interpreting into Spanish or Platt Deutsche, depending on the occasion.We sang about fifteen concerts, traveled 7,500 miles and were able share our music with about 14,000 people. We also had encounters with numerous “law enforcement officers:):)” and  payed dues to about sixty-five toll booths! Enjoy this peak into our adventures!  
Story time with Denver.
Only in Mexico!!! These kids had fun waving to us.
Kezia (Peter’s daughter) adored Rebecca, who took every opportunity she could to practice her mothering skills on this little gem. The most important school isn’t about books anyway, it’s the practical life skills!
Singing at a church in the beach town of Placencia, Belize
A couple of road-side Belizean stands prepared a delicious lunch for us consisting of chicken, rice, tacos and veggies. 
Breakfast privilege!
Because their were fifteen people traveling in such a tight space, the couch aided as a temporary bed for two on this occasion.
Dinner with friends at an authentic Belizean restaurant before an evening concert.
Being so close to the Guatemalan border, a few of us Bontragers couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get another stamp on our passport!!
 
We were also able to visit some Myan ruins in Belize after coming back from Guatemala. 
Taylor encouraging and praying with these young men after an evening concert.
Dishes! There is definitely no lack for this in a large family.
One of the only no-so-fun things about Mexico and Belize is the speed bumps!( We  probably went over about one thousand during those three weeks!!!!) On this particular occasion, the bus came TOO CLOSE to the unwelcomed piece of concrete and we narrowly escaped being hung up! 
 
Rebecca enjoyed the opportunity to chat with girls after the concert.
We are so grateful for the many souls that were saved and the encouraging conversations that we were a part of. God is truly so good!!! 
Keep checking the blog for part two of our Belize and Mexico adventure!
“The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:3

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