Blessed and Abroad, Building Hope in Belize

Posted by Spalding Hurst

October 8, 2023

A dedicated team, blessed and commissioned by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, is set to embark on a transformative journey to Las Flores, Belize. This mission pays tribute to the enduring spirit of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and their collaborative efforts with San Miguel Arcangel Missions.

They will help Maria Vargas whose home was severely damaged by Hurricane Lisa. Maria’s current living conditions are dire, with a damaged structure and vulnerable living areas. Owning a plot with a septic system, the team’s goal is to build a 20 x 16 house, ensuring Maria’s safety and comfort. This mission isn’t just about construction but forging bonds and understanding the local community. As they set out, we wish them success and safety.

The team consists of the following:

Michelle Hundley:
A junior at Bardstown High School and former Montessori student, Michelle is active in numerous school clubs and has a passion for music and sailing at Bear Creek Aquatic Camp.

Hollis Hurst:
A sophomore at Bardstown High, Hollis is part of the marching band, theater, and TSA. With a love for the outdoors and drawing, this is her third trip to Belize, and she aspires to be an engineer.

Robin Cleveland:
From Marietta, Ohio, Robin is a mother and grandmother, associated with SCNA. This is her 14th mission trip, and second to Belize, often traveling with Sister Luke and Ellen.

Lisa Walters:
Lisa is joining the team from Ellijay, Georgia, after another recent immersion trip volunteering in Eastern Kentucky. She is a retired 911 dispatcher.

Sylvia Jeffers:
From London, England, a semi-retired nurse, Sylvia seeks purposeful travel in her retirement to assist those in need.

Terry Hutchins:
After over 30 years with Nazareth in maintenance roles, James now oversees new construction. He’s also an avid beekeeper with 40 hives and has a background in coaching basketball.

Beth Vetter:
As the Director of SCN Associates, Beth is embarking on her second mission trip to Belize this year. She loves reading and assembling jigsaw puzzles.

Elaine Belflowers:
Growing up near Rhodelia, KY, Elaine, an SCN Associate, had a 40-year career with AAA. Post-retirement, she volunteers at Nazareth and initiated the Nazareth sewing ministry. This is her fifth mission trip.

Spalding Hurst:
Director of the Office of Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Spalding enjoys family travels and outdoor adventures, especially paddling rivers.

Melissa Calvi:
Currently in Belize, as part of the Companions of Charity, Melissa will also join the team.

The home will honor the founders of ministry there, Sister Carlette Gentle, Rosemarie Kirwin, and Paschal Maria Fernicola. Here’s to making a difference in Las Flores, Belize. Safe travels!


  1. Mary Gene Frank

    Looks like a wonderful team. Wish I was going with you…God speed

  2. Evelyn Faldowski

    Have a safe & positive mission trip . Enjoy your time being together .
    Don’t work too hard & have fun. Wish I were going with you.

    With blessings & prayers.
    Evelyn F

  3. Sr. Deepti SCN

    May God go with you. Thank you for your selflessnees , dedication and d sense of urgency.

    • Louise Smith

      Safe travel and thanks for being there Blessings and prayers


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