"Many a complaining life could be changed into one of joy and happiness by constantly making note of God's blessings" -Middleton
One very impacting place we visited in Belize was a children's home. There were about 45 children of all ages. Most of them come from abusive homes and a few are orphans. The lady who started and ran the home was called "Mama". She told us her story. When she was little she was abused by her father and became pregnant by him. When she grew up and got away from her family she desired to help other children who had been in her situation. She is a Christian and her faith in God has brought her through the years. She started the children's home in a small house with another young lady to help her. Soon her home grew and they moved to a bigger house. One problem they had was that the house had stairs. The children would fall down the stairs occasionally and get bruises, causing authorities and others to think they were being abused. The house they are in now thankfully does not have any stairs. They have architectural plans to add on and rebuild the building for the children. Mama told us that over 400 children had come through her house. She still worries daily about how she will have money to feed the children and pay for their doctor's bill, but her incredible faith shone all over her face and it was clear she was full of joy.