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.
We had a team from Pennsylvania come alongside in August. Our ministry with the team focused on four groups;.
the woman in the village
the children in the village
the "Men of Honor" teenage boys
the men at "Freedom House
Women Making Bracelets
The ladies are making bracelets which emphasize and draws their attention to the lessons and principles they were learning.
Children working on their tie dye shirts
Combining fun with the lessons help to remember the event and the lessons that they were learning.
Men of Honor seeking God
The "Men of Honor" are teenage boys growing into manhood. They learn about integrity and the responsibilities of manhood. Here they are being challenged to listen to God speaking to them. Like any other community in the world, the challenges are great. When a man stands for Jesus, he must be strong in his faith to go God's way and not the way of the world and the crowd. The decisions that they make now determine their trajectory of the future.
Ministering to the Men at Freedoom House
Here are some of the men at Freedom House posing with members of the team. Moise is in the middle of the back row and Matt is on the far left of the back row. The team spoke about perservering through difficult times. It was interactive, and the men really engaged with them. There was a time of one-on-one ministry. The personal time, is so impactful!
Water Balloon Fight
The boys cut loose on the last day od meeting with a giant water balloon fight! No matter how old a guy gets, there are just some things a guy enjoys, even if he's just an observer. Guys bond by doing stuff together.
The Team posing at the Learning Center.
Here is the team posing at the Learning Center. It was a 12 person team, but oh, what an impact they had!! That's us at the bottom of the steps.
God Presents an Opportunity
Dis da Place
An Opportunity to Buy!
The couple who built the Learning center came to Belize 20 years ago. Many of the young adults in the village, grew up under their ministry. They are now retiring. We have been renting the use of their building for tutoring children in phonics, reading comprehension, and math, with a devotional as the "hub" around which everything revolves. Through the ministry to the children, we've gotten to know many of the families in Unitedville.
Teaching Reading, Writing, and Maths in the Main Classroom
We started out tutoring students in grades Standard 3 (4th grade) through Standard 6 (7th grade). Their parents would register their children at the beginning of the school year, and we worked with them on Saturdays. Because of the lockdowns from the pandemic, many younger children are missing the foundational period of learning to read and do math. We have started taking children in the younger grades during this crucial time. We feel we need to catch them young. With the larger number of children, we’ve had to operate the tutoring program on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to meet the distancing requirements for health and safety.
A Second Classroom
A typical day has a devotional time in the middle. This may include a skit, a story from the bible with life application, and possibly a craft. A snack, such as a sandwich and fruit are also provided. We have hired people from the village as assistants. This includes teachers and students. This provides experience for them as well as some money.
The Computer Room
One room of the Learning Center has computers that will be utilized to teach people how to use them.
The Large 1st Floor Meeting Room
The first floor of the Learning Center is a large room which we use occasionally for student events. We are desiring to install a kitchen and use the room for community events, such as men’s breakfasts, or Christmas dinners.
If you desire to help with the purchase of the Learning Center, you can give using the links below. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know the amount you donated so your your donation is used for the purpose of the purchase. If you give via the Brooklyn Tabernacle website, make sure under the tab that says "Fund", you choose BT Missions in Belize.
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 "BT Missions in Belize" under the Fund tab and follow the directions. A tax deductible receipt will be available.
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