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.
Due to the economic conditions left in the wake of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, many communities are still experiences hardships. Additionally, Belize was impacted by 3 hurricanes that hit Central America causing horrific flooding. We have not been able to operate Sunshine Tutors since March, but have been helping families in other ways.
The Community Health Worker
On our first trip to Frank's Eddy, worship led to a time of prayer. The Community Health Worker recommitted her life to the Lord. You can see this on the following page. We contacted her to act as a guide to the neediest families in Frank's Eddy. Here she is proudly posing in front of the church she is now attending. We thank God for what He is doing in her life.
Here is a close-up of the Community Health Worker, us, and Goldie. It was Goldie and her husband who organised the first trip to Frank's Eddy. She has a heart to help the families of Franks Eddy like us. We delivered supplies to about 25 families. That gave us the opportunity to talk to them, listen to them and pray with them.
Jefferson and Darinson
Jefferson and Darinson are two brothers that we've known since arriving in Belize. They are on fire for the Lord. Barnabas Ministry has been sponsoring Darinson in secondary school. He will be graduating at the end of this school year. They wanted to partner with us' along with Goldie. They are Spanish and helped with the conversations and prayers, as the village is predominantly Spanish. Here they are conversing with an elderly man upon delivery of the groceries.
Flooding in Blackman Eddy
This picture is of the road approaching the bridge over the Belize River at Blackman Eddy. Homes in the low lying areas in Blackman Eddy evacuated to the Community Center. We bought food, clothes, and hygienic necessities to the Community Center.
Food Distribution in Blackman Eddy
Junie and Kelly, newlyweds who we've know since they were kids, partnered with us with the distribution in Blackman Eddy. Their pastor, Pastor Timo, passed away at the beginning of the year. We gave grocery items in memory of him.
Continuing Ministry in Unitedville
Throughout the year, Barnabas Ministry has been helping with the families in Unitedville, but, in December, we were able to deliver packages with grocery and sanitary items to many families in the village.
Meet Mr. Alexander
Mr. Alexander is a former Belizean Pastor and Missionary living in Unitedville. If given an opportunity, he would probably want to go on an evangelistic crusade tomorrow! We visit him and listen to his stories regularly. It is enriching for both him and us.
Marla’s House is a much needed ministry that provides a home for girls living in abusive situations. They usually spend Christmas week with specially chosen families. They always look forward to this time, and it gives the workers a break. Because of Covid-19, they were not able to do this. Barnabas Ministry provided Christmas dinner for the girls and the ministry workers.
Grace Instruments Christian Academy
Pastors David and Dupe, missionaries from Nigeria, were given a vision to establish a school that gives a quality education based on a Christian world view, and to make it available to families that ordinarily wouldn't be able to afford it. God provided miraculously in providing funds for the building, the staffing, and the books. We provide a scholarship as well as volunteer as counselors for the students.
Outreaches in Unitedville, Franks Eddy and Duck Run 3
April, May and June 2020 Outreaches
The areas in Franks Eddy and Duck Run 3 where we ministered are two poor communities that are off the beaten path.
Ministry during a crises in Unitedville
During the caused by Covid-19, we distributed grocery items to people in our village and to Freedom House. Staples, such as rice, beans, flour, oil, soap, and toilet paper were given to people. We had a young man from the village, Leroy, who also works with the tutoring program, guide us to people in need including some elderly people who would have a difficult time gettig around.
Outreach to Franks Eddy
Frank's Eddy is a small village off the beaten path. We were asked to join a group of young people, most of them from Brazil, to do a worship service and deliver grocery items. 25 Families recieved assistance.
Praying for Salvation ans Rededication at Frank's Eddy
The worship service and messages led to an invitation for prayer. A young girl and three older women responded pray for salvation and rededication.
Outreach at Duck Run 3
Duck Run 3 is a community adjacent to Spanish Lookout, a large Mennonite community. On the outskirts of Duck Run 3 is a dump. At the entrance of the dump, is a community that most people drive past on the way to the dump without having interaction with the people. They may be looked at as "dump people," but God sees them as those created in His image. After a worship and prayer service, and grocery assistance, the community elder asked if he can pray for us. We thank God for His grace and His mercy!
A Member of the Team
Here is a member of the team involved in the Frank's Eddy Outreach, and the Duck Run 3 outreach. He is a young adult who is friends with a couple of the guys from Brazil. The body of Christ transcends race, culture, language, or any other boundaries that the world system tries to erect.
Listen to the impromptu worship service
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
Due to the lockdowns because of Covid-19, Ron is not been able to visit the prison at this time.
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.