We are definitely settling back in. Running the Country Barn is a lot of work, but we are having fun. It is a privilege to work side by side with Randy and I enjoy watching him interact with people that come by The Country Barn. Neither one of us expected to be “dairy farmers” when God called us to Belize, but He has allowed us to see a glimpse of those that we hope to serve through the vocational school at Samuel’s Sanctuary. The boys that do the milking every morning and every evening are from the local village and are both within the age range we plan to target at the school. We are building relationships with them. In addition, there is a group of boys that come by most afternoons on their bikes. Two or three of them usually come to the window to order ice cream for the rest of the ones waiting at the road… the ones too “cool” to be seen ordering ice cream. I recognize one of the boys at the road as one that had come to one of the Bible studies at Samuel’s Sanctuary. I wave, but he doesn’t wave back. It probably wouldn’t be cool. But the two or three that do the ordering have begun to smile when they come up and instead of simply grabbing the ice cream and walking away, they say thank you. I tell them to have a blessed day and they smile and walk away. They may not be cool in the eyes of their peers, but I think they are pretty cool.
We meet so many interesting people and also see the same families come by week after week. There are always tourists that are in Belize for just a week or so, but I enjoy the repeat customers. I’m working on my Spanish. I have a whole list of words I learned so that I would know what some of the customers were asking for. There is an older man that comes by for cheese and cream, and sometimes milk. When he first started coming by, I had no idea what he wanted. I would literally take things out and hold them up and he would shake his head and frown. His frown reminded me of my grandfather’s frown when he couldn’t hear. He continued to speak in Spanish and after a while I began to understand what he was saying. I still haven’t gotten a smile out of him, but he doesn’t frown anymore either. I’ll keep working on getting him to smile.
Here’s some pictures of a Mennonite family that came for ice cream one hot afternoon. Notice how brother and sister are sharing. Ice cream brings a smile to every kid’s face – young or old.