September 29, 2014
By Sister Melinda H.
There is nothing that excites me more than to visit a new place that before was simply a spot on a map in the World Atlas. So I was very excited last spring to be a passenger on a cruise ship called Liberty of the Seas, with one of our destinations including Belize City, Belize.
The cruise was a gift from my niece, her husband and my sister in celebration of my 50th Jubilee. In Belize we would be exploring Cahal Pech, an ancient Mayan archaeological reserve. But it turns out what I experienced emotionally in Belize far surpassed all I saw.
After the boat docked, we continued our journey by bus to Cahal Pech, traveling through much of the country. Our guide told us about the topography and the history of Belize: the lush tropical rainforests, the mountains in the north, the growth of the Creole culture and, sadly, the great poverty. His own family had been very poor, he said, but they received much support from a local organization that ensured those in need had food, shoes, clothing and shelter. Read More