Who We Are
God's Plan for Our Lives
God has directed us to minister to the vulnerable and downcast populations in Belize. We believe that the primary need of any individual is to come into relationship with God. This is done by building bridges to peoples hearts through Bible studies, education, and time spent with them.
Helping During a Crisis
During the caused by Covid-19, we distributed food to people in the village. We started mostly with the families of our students and workers at Sunshine Tutors.
Partnering with a local church, we delivered food in the village, to another family that we were mentoring in Teakettle Village, and to Freedom House.
As time stretched on and social distancing became a lockdown and curfew, we gave names and prepaid for food at a local store for people to pick up for themselves. We were sure to include the rest of our families from Sunshine Tutors and our workers. We contacted the Community Health worker (village health aide) and involved her help to reach the elderly and underserved.
Knowing that there were others in need, we contacted our friend and also a new member of Sunshine Tutors, Brother Leroy to help us reach the rest of the community. Mr. Leroy- as the kids in the village so fondly call him, works at the learning center during the week. Brother Leroy, shown with us, helped to hand out grocery packages to a broader range of people. Leroy, who is from Unitedville, was encouraged by the looks on people's faces when he gave them the bags of groceries.
Brother Leroy joined us to deliver food to another 30 families that he knows. Leroy is pictured with us. Here we are "smiling" for the camera! We purposely didn't get many pictures because we felt people didn't want a camera pointed at them at such a vulnerable time in their lives.
God Provides Opportunities
For a small country, there is so much diversity in Belize. God provides so many opportunities to minister to such a wide range of different peoples. We work with children in the village who are Creole, Hispanic, and Mestizo backgrounds, Mennonites, Chinese and the men of Freedom House. Here are some pictures with the stories behind them.
Because of her work with Hope for Life, Edna was invited by CDF, the Children's Defense Foundation, to visit neighborhood schools, annually, and give talks to girls about sexual integrity and teen pregnancy prevention. During these talks, she has the opportunity to present the gospel. Here is Teresa, one of our tutors who joined her, posing with one of the girls at the school in Teakettle Village.
At Freedom House, we've been having baptismal services on a regular basis. Here is one of the men who was baptised and desires to reconcile with people in his life and go deeper with God.
Two residents of Freedom House graduated from Life Change Institute, an intense, 3 week live in training program sponsored by a group of like minded churches in the area.
Here is a young lady who we take to church. She has taken classes at church to learn more about her faith and the freedom she has in Christ.
Edna shared from God's Word at a woman's meeting. The following week, a woman from a Mennonite background invited her to her house to share God's Truth with friends and relatives from Canada who were visiting her. When the social, racial, traditional and religious aspects of this meeting are considered, you realize that this is a big deal and that God is moving in a big way!
Here is one of God's reminders to us that His promises are Yes and Amen.
We Can Make a Difference in Children's Lives
Sunshine Tutors has been serving the students and families of Unitedville and other nearby villages for three years. We celebrate what God is doing. We have had 70 students come through our doors. Because the children are not in school, many will be behind in their work. We anticipate many more students signing up next time we are able to open.
Make A True Change
We instruct the children in reading comprehension and math, but the cornerstone of our instruction is a time of devotions where we combine bible stories with vocabulary words and talk about application in our own lives.
We teach our students to have a deeper understanding of God's Word and of His Faithfulness to mankind.
We have emphasized the importance of prayer and talking to God by each student practicing "quiet time"and creating their own prayer journal to use at home.
We discuss practical ways to make God's Word relevant to our own lives.
We've spent time recognizing what we are feeling, and how to respond to our feelings with the help of God.
Learning About Our Emotions
Learning about our Emotions
Working with Children in the Public School
Doing Phonics with Children Who Have Difficulting Reading
Edna takes s children who have difficulty reading out of class to work with them. She has one of the mothers working with her. Besides helping them with their reading, she has an "emotional toolbox" she uses so the children learn how to identify their emotions and how to deal with them in a constructive manner.
Here are some of the Standard 4 students working on their maths lessons. The young woman on the far right is one of our assistants. She is a college student, majoring in education.
Miss T with her Standard 2 Students
Miss T was with us since we started. After the first year, she had the vision for working with the Standard 2 children. She developed a lesson plan and has been working with them since then.
The Future of Belize
We sponsor students for secondary school, junior college, and vocational school programs. Miss J, on the left, is an education student at a junior college, and works with us on Saturdays at the Learning Center.
Unitedville Learning Center
"Dis da Place"
This is where we tutor "our kids." We rent the use of the building from missionary friends of ours, for which we are so grateful. We have classes on the second floor and use the first floor for special events. We are planning to have a medical team here in June. Please pray that the Corona virus will be just a bad memory by then.
Freedom House is a re-entry house for men recovering from difficult lifestyles. We conduct Bible studies and literacy improvement and training. We talk about life application of Bible principles and the development of habits that makes God the center of our decision making process.
Devoted to God
Pastor Manuel, the director of Freedom House. He lives on Campus with the men. God has brought him from a life of addiction to a place of discernment and being able to speak into the lives and building up of the men of Freedom House.
A Heart of Gratitude
One of the residents reading his thoughts of gratitude to God for the provision of Freedom House. The following month, this man was baptized. He went from addiction to Freedom in Jesus.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Freedom House
A Time of Fellowship and Fun
Chapel Service at Belize Central Prison
Ron is doing a Friday afternoon chapel service at Belize Central Prison. Men have been coming forward for prayer, with many dedicating their lives to the Lord.
Would you consider supporting us through prayer and giving monetarily. A donation of any amount is truly appreciated. With regular giving, we can make the commitments necessary to send children to school for the time it takes to complete the program. Knowing that you are a partnering with us, helps us as we look to expand the work we are presently doing.
To give, click on the button below which will redirect you to the Brooklyn Tabernacle giving page, select "Belize" and follow the directions. A tax deductible receipt will be available.