Archive for March, 2016

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A hearty welcome at the King’s Children Home Orphanage
by Scott Woodhams

This week, we spent the afternoon at the children’s home in Belize. We were able to get 90 % of the list they had provided, that they were in need of. Thanks to all who contributed to the purchase! Ms. Leoni, the children, and her brother were very grateful for the food and other items.

It was such a blessing to be able to meet and talk with the children. I, of course, became the amusement park ride for the smaller children, providing piggy back rides around the facility. News traveled fast, and soon other friends came for their ride too!

We got the grand tour of the farm that they have recently began building. Complete with 5 cows, 1 bull, and 3 newborn calves. This provides the needed milk for the children, along with beef in the future. One of the older boys, George, who recently lost his mother, came to live at the home. He has found a new passion taking care of all of the animals, some 125 laying hens, several sheep, 9 cows, and a couple dozen chickens for eating. He has named each one of the cows, and they come to the sound of his voice. Very valuable experience, and I’m sure consolation in his own situation. Ms. Leoni said George would sleep out in the pasture and chicken coops with the animals, if they would let him. He truly loves what he does.
He told stories as we walked, I with another tag along on my back, of the garden they started, only to have the cows get in and wreak havoc, with the freshly grown greens! They plan to re plant soon.

Currently with 74 children in the home, vegetables are a necessity.
Moses, was a young boy of about 3 that stayed by my side, messing up my sweaty hair with his hands, making it stick up everywhere. It was 94 degrees and humid, so the extra body heat and sun caused excessive sweating! He reluctantly gave up his spot on my shoulders for his friend Emerson, a 5 year old.

On the back side of the property, there were 1 or 2 youth mission teams pouring concrete (by hand), for the foundation of the new on site church building. Although you could tell the youth were struggling with the heat, rolled up sleeves, and ghostly white skin from lack of previous sunshine, they were working hard and smiling.

It is fulfilling to see so many people willing to help these children in need. My wife and I’s heart is to provide food and housing for every child in need, throughout the world! Even though this seems almost unobtainable, God doesn’t place a desire this big in your heart without his provision. So we will continue to go as we are called!

Do you have a dream so big that it would seem ridiculous to those around you? So big that it doesn’t seem realistic? Don’t be afraid to follow your heart and dream big! God has placed a calling on everyone of our lives. We are all a different piece of the puzzle. Each piece is as important as the others, to accomplish His plan.

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Thanks to our esteemed  co-founders  and correspondents Angela and Scott Woodhams who are now “On the Road in Belize” we have these wonderful pictures to share of daily life there. Enjoy!

And if you have any questions about traveling to and around Belize please check out: On the Road in Belize

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What do we do in Belize when family comes to town?

We make Chocolate !

by Scott Woodhams

Yesterday we took a road trip on the road in Belize, down the Southern highway toward Punta Gorda. We took my brother and his wife Rebekah Lynn Woodhams, to Ixcacao Mayan Chocolate farm, one of our favorites! As usual, Juan Cho greeted us with a big welcome, and his infectious laugh. We took a quick tour viewing a cacao tree that displayed tiny flowers waiting to be pollinated, to a full blown cacao pod. We were intrigued to find out the fact that the nuisance “No see-um” bugs play a large roll in the growing of cacao, as they are what pollinate the flowers. So keep that in mind the next time you are swatting at them madly!

Inside we were treated to a demonstration, and trying our hand at peeling the cacao beans, grinding the beans on a generational stone, and ultimately eating 100% cacao. We had it in both liquid (hot chocolate), and candied forms.

We found out about all of the healthy benefits of eating this chocolate (yes!). In its pure form, it is has tremendous medicinal and health attributes, including reversing cancer cells. Do not confuse this with the highly processed nutrient depleted cocoa powder we are used to getting. This is 100% natural, truly farm to table. This was followed up by a traditional Mayan meal including chicken sauted in chocolate (amazing), white rice, greens, and fried plantain. Chocolate zen!

The amazing part is that this whole operation is 5 generations old, operated by the family and some hired help. Juan just added 20 more acres of cacao trees to try to keep up with the demand.

In 2014, Jimmy Carter, former president of the U.S., visited and immediately began a whole foods diet with pure cacao from IXcacoa. Well you know that he recently announced that he was cancer free!

This stuff is amazing and it tastes great too. Due to being a family operated facility, the production is limited, just the way they want it. Juan prides himself on providing superior quality control so the taste remains consistent. They offer so many flavors it’s hard for me to choose. I like dark chocolate, coconut, orange, ginger, and nibs.

We bought our share to eat later and headed to a nearby ruins. Luckily, I found out Anita Reimer Loewen, carries several flavors of the Ixcacao bars at her store, Healthy Addictions, in Maya Beach. So I will be able to get my fix in the future. She is one of only two people that distribute the chocolate in Belize, besides the actual farm! The other is on Caye Caulker. Love my chocolate, and it’s healthy! This really is paradise!

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Can you get a decent cup of coffee in Belize?

by  Scott Woodhams

My resounding answer is, Yes! We set out in search of a good cup of java, and we’re pleased to find at the end of a pothole ridden dirt road in Southern Belize, a beautiful resort called Belcampo. Here they offer cappuccino, mocha, medium roast, frappuccino, and good old black coffee. We found that while currently the resort is drying and roasting Guatemalan beans,  trees have been planted, and they anticipate their own beans to be available within 1 – 1/2 years. The staff was excellent, attentive, and informative educated us on the science and mathematics behind making their coffees consistent every time. Everything from how to correctly steam the milk (not too hot), to the exact weight and compression of the ground beans. Let me tell you it really paid off. The coffee was fresh, flavorful, and delicious! The aroma alone heightened our senses anticipating, as each cup was individually prepared and served. Once served, we enjoyed the spectacular views right from the dining room and deck, while wandering and sipping our brews. The many species of birds could be heard and seen, as if we were in our own personal sanctuary. Off in the distance, glimpses of the Caribbean Sea could be seen glistening through the tree tops. If you are ever down near Punta Gorda, I recommend you give them a try, even if only for your own cup of bliss!

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