Last week went well, Fr. Juan and Maria got back safe and sound from the United States, and we had some great services at our churches in Cayo this past weekend. Unfortunately, I was unable to accompany the bishop up north to see some parishes there and talk about my experience so far: the bishop came down with vertigo, and he was strictly instructed by his doctor and his Boss to take a break. We'll try to make it work next time.
Instead of travelling north, I'm taking a few days (now that los Marentes are back) to preemptively regroup my thoughts and my spirit: a kind of time to rest/refresh/renew/revision. So, today I hopped on a bus and have come down to the far south of Belize, the sleepy seaside town of Punta Gorda in the Toledo District. I love it here: I have inexpensive lodgings, a peaceful atmosphere, a church right next door, and if I look across the Caribbean from my inn I can see Honduras. It doesn't get much better than this for a break.
I'll be back in San Ignacio for the craziness of ministry again on Thursday, but please pray especially for my time in Punta Gorda (or "Pee Gee" as the Belizeans say). Pray that God would let me clear my mind, rest my soul, get in a lot of prayer (and maybe reading), and come back with batteries recharged in ways that I need but that I don't even realize right now.