Monday, August 31, 2009

Moises is home in Belize!!!!

Moises is home in Belize! What a cause for celebration! For more complete details see the story on the Word at Work webpage.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Moises released from the hospital!


Yes, it finally happened. Today Moises walked out of the hospital.  They gave his life back to him. He arrived in Amarillo inches from the deaths door.  Today he is a  happy and healthy boy again. For the next two weeks he will be at the Ronald McDonald House near the hospital.  For the next two weeks his skin graft will be monitored. He will get to experience some of the fun things Texas has to offer while we fatten him up for his return to Belize. There were many touching moments today as he said goodbye to his doctors and nurses, watered the flowers and vegetables he planted in the courtyard, gave flowers which he had planted months ago to all of his nurses, and moved his belongings to his last temporary home here in Amarillo at the Ronald McDonald House. 

He pulled up his shirt many times today to display the scar is on a stomach. He had been told that after the skin graft he would no longer have a belly button. Yet he was so excited to show off the fact that he still had a portion of a belly button. 

Tomorrow I will be in Belize checking up on our building project at his home.  I hate to leave them at this point but in a couple weeks I will get to come back and bring him and his mother to their new home in Belize, still a surprise. 

His older sisters ages 14 and 15 started school today thanks to the gifts of you all.  This is a summer school program to get them ready for high school in September.  This was an exciting day for them too. More dreams coming true.  So many good things are coming out of something painful, and I know this is just the beginning.   

If you were wondering, we're still looking for more help with the house. If you can help please contact me. TT

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Moises Update, July 29, 2009

Joy overflowed today.
The special bandage and suction device was taken off today.
Gauze and tape now cover the skin graft area on his abdomen. I didn't get
to see it as I hoped I would but Moises described it in great detail. He is
fascinated by all the medical things that happened to him.
But the really exciting part today was that they capped his IV line and he
was freed to move about without any medical machinery. And Lizzie, his
Child Care Specialist arranged for him to go outside today for over an hour.

As soon as he was disconnected from the medical machinery Moises put on his
new cowboy boots and hat grabbed his scooter and took off down the hall of
the pediatric ward.
I wish I had the capability to send video so you could see his amazing speed
and balance. Next we went to the park and fed the ducks, we played on the
slide at the playground, and we went to a new Mexican ice cream store where
they had lime juice and mango ice cream. The great joy is mixed with a
little sadness because everyone can see his time with us here in the states
is about to come to an end. There is talk about him moving out of the
hospital next week into the Ronald McDonald apartments as they begin the
transition back to normal family life.

Me, no sadness here. I'm about to go down to Belize and maybe be there to
greet them when they get off the plane.
Tomorrow our staff in Belize meet with Moises' father to finalize the plans
for the addition on their home, and then, we jump in and see how far we can
get before they arrive back in Belize.
Another $900 for the house came in today.
A local children's clothing store delivered three new outfits for each
member of the family.
And the local volunteers here prepare to go to Belize on August 9th to help
with construction on the house.
More volunteers are welcome. Give me a call.

Tim Tam




Saturday, July 11, 2009

Moises Update

More good news

I am happy to be able to report that Mo

ises is recovering well from the surgery and boy is he hungry!

The doctors say he can eat whatever he wants, though greasy and spicy foods might not agree with him at this time.

During his stay in the hospital he grew tomatoes and strawberries in the hospital courtyard.

Yesterday we went out to check on the tomatoe

s and they went right into his mouth.

His strawberry crop had already come and gone, but one of the hospital staff brought him a box of fresh strawberries and

 he devoured half the box while I stood beside him.

Moises has become a fixture in the pediatric ward.  It still may be a month or two before he

 returns home but the staff are already feeling sad about the thoughts of Moises leaving.  No such thoughts for me though.

  With all the time I spend in Belize I assume our friendship will continue.

Now - Help is Needed

When Moises first cam

e to the states there was an outpouring of generosity far beyond what was needed.

We kept telling

 people all their needs were met, just need prayers.

But now as we begin to think about Magdalena and Moises return there are

 some needs that I would like to share.

Magdalena is expected to give birth to a new baby in November. There are some lab fees from the

 obstetrician we need to take care of ($300).

At some point we will need to purchase plane tickets. And the other thing I have in mind is to surprise Magdalena with an add

ition onto her house.

Housing for the poor is a regular part of our ministry in Belize.  In the past few years we have built nearly 20 houses.  Often times the house's a

re for people we don't even know, they just happen to be the neediest in a given community.  So it seems all the more appropriate for us to help with the housing of 

one we know so well.

Currently the family abides in a space approximately 10 foot by 10 foot.  It is a cemen

t slab with wooden walls and a metal roof.  There is no running water, only a deep well with a ro

pe and bucket.  Of the 9 children, seven sleep on the floor and the two smallest ones in a hammock.  Once Magdalena gives birth to her fourth child in November, together with her husband's six childre

n from a previous marriage, this will mean 12 people total sharing this tiny 10 by 10 living space.

What I am proposing is to begin a fund for this building project If we're able to supply the funds for building materials the hou

se can be built with volunteer labor from the local community in Belize and perhaps some

 volunteers from the states as well.

In summary your help is needed for:

       

        1. Obstetrician bill

        2. Plane ticket expense

        3. Donations for building fund

        4. Volunteer labor between August 1-15

        5. Keeping this a secret from Mois

es and Magdalena!

 

Keep in mind for

 any donation you make to The Word at Work.

100% of your gift goes directly t

o the needs expressed.

All donations are tax deductible.



Tim Tam

The Word at Work

1400 Wolflin Ave

Amarillo, Tx 79109

Office: 806-342-3600

Cell: 806-671-9673

Visit website www.twaw.org

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Minor Complication

These three emails came in last night from Tim Tam:

Email#1:
The first was titled "Moises is going back into surgery in 1 hour," and said the following

"Moises has a lot of swelling in his bowels which is not too abnormal after a major surgery.

Unfortunately this has put undo pressure on his lungs and kidneys.

Midday he had to be put on a ventilator to help him breathe.

They are going in to unstitch the stomach muscles to create more room and take the pressure off the other organs.

Instead they will now sew an adjustable mesh, something like Velcro that can be tightened down as the swelling drops over the next few days and eventually they will re-sew the muscles closed again.

This operation should take about an hour.

The doctor sees this as a small setback.

Magdalena keeps hanging in there. Lisa hanging with her."

Email #2:

The second was titled, "Surgery delayed till this moment," and said:

"It wasn’t until just now that an operating room opened to take Moses.

It is a little more complicated than I last reported.

Another part of the cause of his swelling is internal bleeding.

They have given him seven units of blood but very little has come out the drain which they put in during the last surgery.

Add to your prayers that they are able to find the leak and repair it."

Email #3:

Finally around midnight, Tim sent this final email of the evening titled, "cautiously optimistic:"

"Moises is now out of surgery

They found several places where blood was coming from any finished patching him up.

He is in much better shape now.

The doctor says he will be on the ventilator for 3-4 days until swelling drops and abdomen muscles resewn.

Magdalena and the small crowd sitting with her all all relieved now and will be able to sleep.

We spent the last 2 hours looking at photos and videos and retelling the story of Gods miraculous work and how his invisible hands have orchestrated an amazing chain of events that no one else could have planned or even imagined.

A Happy Magdalena sits behind me now giving the good news over the phone to her husband and children who have been keeping watch….waiting for this good word."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Surgery was a success!

The surgery was a complete success.

The surgeon said it went as well or even better than expected.

It lasted less than 6 hours. We couldn’t get mom to walk or eat anything today but after a post-op visit from the surgeon she was smiling again and began to eat the food she had been carrying all day.

Now the intestines are connected, abdomen muscles sewn back, skin remains open till threat of internal infection passes. Over the next 10 days the bowels are expected to become active and then slowly introduced to food again.

From his TV viewing he has already decided on a local Mexican restaurant for his first meal.

In a month or so the skin over the abdomen will be stitched up and perhaps a return trip to Belize can be scheduled.

He will have a couple of rough days now as is normal for post-surgery. His mom has moved from their regular room to a chair beside his bed in the ICU.

She will have a rough night tonight as well but from exhaustion and not fear. Before the surgery Moises saw her sadness and told her not to worry because God was with him.

Thank you all for helping to carry him through this on your prayers.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Back Safely From Galveston

25 FPCA members spent June 7-23 in Galveston working with EFCA Crisis Response to assist those who have been impacted by Hurricane Ike. It was a wonderful week. We divided into four teams. One team's primary responsibility was to put a new roof on a house and gut the inside of a house (so new sheet rock can be put up). Two teams worked on putting up and mudding sheetrock. Our fourth team worked in a house that was almost completed and did a lot of trim work, installed doorknobs, put up sheetrock, and helped get the house ready for the homeowner to move into.

In addition, our Agape singers/ringers performed on three separate occasions (once at a church, and twice at retirement homes). We have quite a few pictures to share, and many stories of how we saw God at work. For now though, we wanted to share three pictures of our team and various times throughout the week.

This is a picture of the majority of our team on Sunday morning (taken just before we loaded into our vans and headed down Galveston).

Wednesday night the Agapes sang/rang at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church in Houston. The church treated us to a delicious dinner, and it was a wonderful night of fellowship with another church community.

This picture was taken Friday morning, our last day of work in Galveston. We stayed at Galveston Bible Church (the men slept on bunk beds in the Sanctuary and the women slept on bunk beds in the Sunday School class rooms).


It was a wonderful week, we saw God at work in amazing ways, and hopefully we will be able to make additional trips to Galveston in the 2009 year.

Moises Surgery is TODAY!

This email was sent last night from Tim Tam regarding Moises surgery (which is going on this morning!):

Almost 6 months since the accident and tomorrow morning is the big surgery.

Lots of love, prayer, and incredible medical care has brought Moises from the edge of death to this point of health and strength to undergo this major surgery.

Today he received a blood transfusion to further strengthen him and to compensate for any blood loss associated with tomorrows procedure.

This afternoon I went over to play with him and asked if he was nervous about tomorrow. He just laughed. He was disappointed it wasn’t done last week and looks forward to getting it over with and back to his home in Belize.

Though he is still a little jaundiced, he was in great spirits and exploding with energy.

He has a good understanding of what to expect for tomorrow.

It was hysterical listening to his conversation today with one of the doctors.

In one of the attached photos he is instructing the doctor not to use tubes through the nose because they are uncomfortable and will only make it difficult for him to breathe.

We have a date tomorrow before surgery to go for a walk in the hospital courtyard and see how the tomatoes he planted are doing.

Perhaps these will be part of his first real meal after surgery which the doctor says may be 2 weeks after the surgery.

As for mom…………she too is very happy. She says she is without fear. We watched videos of her children and husband that made her cry. She really misses them and her home. Though her new baby isn’t kicking yet, its presence with us is plain to see.

PRAY………….is the reason for this email

Please pray with us through tomorrows surgery.

I will let you know how it goes.

TT

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Moises Surgery Update and Galveston Mission Send-off

Moises Update from Tim Tam:
Over the last several weeks we have been privileged to see great improvements in Moises' health, physically and emotionally.   As he approaches the end of this time of preparation for surgery there continues to be great need for prayer.  He has been battling another infection and jaundice.  To deal with the jaundice they had to disconnect the IV line that feeds his body nutrition for a time until he recovers.  

Both he and his mother are wearied from the length of this ordeal.  There is a spiritual phenomena that takes place around Moises.  Even from the time of his struggle for life in the Belize hospital God has used this little guy to inspire others and strengthen their faith.  As we might then expect, there is also a spiritual battle taking place.  Moises and his mother both sense evil poised against them.  They are currently having dreams that depict this battle for Moises.  

For all these reasons I ask you to please be vigilant in your prayer support.  If all goes well, the surgery it tentatively scheduled for June 16. 

Galveston Music and Mission Trip:
This morning a group of 25 youth and adults were commissioned at the early worship service and packed up in vans for a music and mission trip in Galveston, Texas.  The group will spend a week providing Hurricane Ike relief work on a home repair project.  In the evening the Agape Youth Choir will give local musical performances.

Please keep these folks in prayer as they act out God's love by helping our coastal neighbors in need.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happy Birthday to Moises!

Moises turned eight years old Friday, May 22.

A birthday party was held for him in the playroom at the hospital in Amarillo Texas. I am so glad to see this day come. There was a time that no one thought this possible. Secretly, I myself had doubts. Moises shared a dream he had while we were still in Belize before the jet arrived. In his dream the angels were preparing to have a birthday party for him. Remember, during that time he was having lots of significant dreams and visitations by an angel, "the man in white who was helping him". I wondered whether this dream meant that he would be with the angels on his next birthday. So I decided not to mention it to anyone, and to hope and pray that angels would protect him and insure that he would live to have another birthday. And so they did. He still isn't allowed to have any food until the surgery when they reconnect his intestines. So there were lots of presents and for birthday cake they had snow Cones, a fancy substitute for
ice chips.

He is doing so well that they have planned to move up the date of the surgery to June 8th.
He's been in Texas for about two months now and yesterday for his birthday he finally got a cowboy hat.


Please continue to remember Moses in your prayers. It's not over yet.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Just a reminder of how incredible this journey has been....

Moises is doing so well and has gained enough weight that the doctors are hoping to be able to operate soon!

Here is a before and after picture to show how incredible this journey has been,

Moises before:


Moises now:

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Moises update: "Just when you thought things couldn't get crazier......."

The most recent update on Moises from Tim Tam:

"I continue to be amazed by the favor God brings on this little guy. On Monday Moises was registered with Saint Andrews school in Amarillo. This is THE most prestigious private school in Northern Texas. Headmaster Ron Ferguson has travelled with me in Belize. His school has founded one library in Toledo District and is doing a book drive in the spring to establish another. A banner hangs in Moises' room from Saint Andrews children. Moises has stacks of get well letters from their students. Tutors will come from the school to the hospital. They will continue coming through the summer.

Paramount Baptist Church send "prayer quilts" to Moises and Magdalena. They first received prayer requests from mother and son and offered up prayers for each knot tied on the quilt.

Moises' favorite TV show? The Food Network...........for hours on end. If I wasn't able to eat for months I would avoid the channel. Moises makes his mom watch so she will learn to cook him everything when he gets back to Belize.

Hundreds of letters and get well cards continue to flow in from all over. Still no need for anymore toys, books, clothes, toiletries, games,...........only prayer

Yesterday Moises requested to phone his Favorite nurse from the Belize City hospital....very touching to watch them catch up....very encouraging for her to speak with "her little boy".

On Friday my wife and I return to Belize and plan to visit the family in Corozal Town. Moises has loaded us down with toys and stuffed animals for his 8 brothers and sisters. We also will be carrying video greetings and messages for the family and will return with the same."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Moises Update

Thank you one and all for your prayers. Please continue to hold him up in prayer.
Moises has gained weight but has had an infection and twice had fevers that caused us great concern. Tonight he is feeling great and looking good. Tomorrow we meet to discuss his enrollment in school, which for him will be done with personal tutoring.
His education is about to take a huge leap. Moms days are no longer grief and hopelessness but continuous smiles.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

An Update on Moises - Into the Arms of Stranges: Generosity Saves a Life

Since it has been over a week since we have posted any updates on Moises, we wanted to post the latest news. And this time, we have 3 sources of news. The first comes from two of our Belize team members.

Sophie and Michelle made the journey out to Amarillo on Friday to see Moises. Early last week Moises' central line had become infected, and he developed a 103 degree fever. They removed the central line, treated the infection, and his fever went down. Without a central line, however, Moises was receiving no nutrition last week and so by Friday he was fatigued and weary. But, while Michelle and Sophie were there, the doctor came to take Moises in order to install a new central line. And the latest report that has come in is that the procedure went well, he is receiving nutrition again, and is regaining strength.

On Monday, Tim Tam sent the following email with updates on Moises' condition

"'The fool says in his heart, there is no God'. Psalm 53:1

I am witness to an amazing phenomenon which is occurring around little Moises. Whether in Belize, here in the states, or across the Internet so many who meet him or hear about him are strengthened and encouraged in their faith. Over and over again I hear the affirmation that God is real and is working amongst us. While Moises was in the hospital his mother, Magdalena, was instructed in a dream to read Psalm 53. Not being literate, she got her mother to read it to her. The words of the chapter brought her to tears and she immediately shared it with her husband who also broke down in tears at its hearing. At that moment he was in a jail cell where he spent a few days while police were determining whether negligence contributed to the accident. With his stepson injured, separated from his family, stuck in jail, he was at the end of his rope doubting god's goodness and even his existence. He told Magdalena that the scripture from her dream was meant for him, yet both of them knew God was speaking to them and both of them were encouraged in their faith. The chapter goes on to say "God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God". God has given us a great gift in little Moises and is using him to provoke many to seek Him.

Shortly after Moises arrived in Amarillo an infection was detected in his central line. For several days we were concerned and Moises was again in pain. Now the infection has passed and again he is gaining strength and without as much pain. This morning Moises was mad because he was hungry. It had been an hour since his last popsicle and he wanted another. But he can only have a popsicle every 4 hours. I remembered how just a couple of weeks ago he was quiet, lifeless, and beyond hunger pangs. Oddly, even these new complaints about hunger were an encouragement to us all. Everything seems to be going so well now. The memories of former suffering and hopelessness are beginning to disappear under piles of smiles and laughter. Today Moises was up out of bed if to visit the hospital playroom to color, play board games, and drive the electric car down the hospital hallway.

What else is happening?????

He came to us at 15 kilos. Today he was at 19.2 kilos.

He gets visits from his new friend Sadie, the licensed therapy dog, who climbs up on his bed and lets him feed her snacks.

My wife and I are her new “mother and father”.

Mary Kay, the nurse from Accolade who secured the life-saving TPN, came to visit. Since Mom can’t read she brought her the entire Bible on CD. She brought Moises a children’s book of Bible stories with CD’s of bible songs which already he sings along.

Magdalena’s husband calls every day. She misses her other children badly but is content to stay at Moises’ side.

The Big surgery will be in June or July after he gains significant weight.

No financial needs at this time due to generosity of Belize, Canadian, and US. donors….God is Good!

What are we learning about God through Moises?

The same lesson we hear about in Hebrews 1:6

'And without faith it is impossible to please god. For the one that comes to god must believe that he existsand that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.'

The fool says in his heart, 'there is no God'.

Moises not only believed in God but he never stopped seeking him in prayer."

Also, Tim sent out a link to an article written in the Amarillo paper on Moises -
Into the Arms of Strangers: Generosity Saves a Life

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Update on Moises

The following e-mail just came from Belize with an update on Moises:

"Things are settling down here in Belize for me, so let me catch you up on Moises.
He made it into Amarillo Texas before the winter storm hit.
His mother had difficulty with her visa but he was able to travel with Dr. Eck, his Physician.
His mother was able to be reunited with him yesterday evening.
I will follow up this letter with some photos and short videos.
The doctors there are very encouraged about his condition.
Moises himself, is having a blast. See in the photos his first encounter with snow.
While Moises was making a snowball in his room, Dr. Eck was outside playing in the snow, a new experience for him also.
The current plan is to help Moises gain weight before surgery. This may take three months. He needs to be at least 70% of normal body weight. Currently he is less than 50%
Part of the plan is to introduce nutrition through his lower intestines.
He is getting regular visits from local schoolchildren and a big welcome banner from them hangs on his wall, see photos.
They tell me he charms everyone who enters his room. He gets out of bed quite a bit. My wife tells me the hospital has large electric cars which he enjoys driving down the hallways and a nurse runs along behind him holding his IV bag. I myself will be seeing him back in the US on Wednesday. Please continue with us in prayer, and again thanks for all your support for this miracle child."


Tim Tam in Belize.

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Recap of Our Last Day of Work in Belize

The first few days we were told that breakfast would be ready at 7, so we were downstairs and waiting by 6:55am every morning.  Well, by Thursday morning we had learned that when people said breakfast would be served at 7, that really meant 7:20-ish.  So on Thursday the four of us ladies wandered up to the roof to enjoy the cool morning breeze and sunrise.  All week long we had a "buddy system," so we decided to take buddy pictures while we had a few moments of free time. 

Jennifer and Stacy:

Sophie and Michelle:
After a delicious breakfast (this was what our normal breakfast was everyday),


 we all headed off to the Burial Grounds.  The first task was to unload a truck load of cinder blocks to finish off the floor of the school addition. 

And then, it was time to head our separate ways.  Scot and Jerry headed to the market.  Unlike in the States, where we can just go to Kroger on a weekly/monthly basis, people in Belize have to go to the market much more frequently to get fresh food as they need it.  So, Scot and Jerry went to the market to get our food for lunch and dinner. 





In case you still have a hard time picturing where we were every time we mention the Burial Grounds (the part of Belize City where we spent most of the time working, where Unity Presbyterian Church is located), here are a few more pictures.

In the background you can see the actual cemetery which the area is named for.  In the foreground you can see two of the houses where families live.  

A few more shots of the different houses.


Stacy, Michelle, Jennifer, and Sophie headed out to Belmopan to visit King's Children's Home.  Unlike the government run children's home we visited earlier in the week, this was a place full of hope.  Leonie, a former abuse survivor herself, felt moved to start a home for children from similar of upbringings.  She is a licenced social worker, and a strong Christian who runs her home on Christian values.  The children are up by 5am to have a time of devotionals and worship before school.  Leonie is licenced to have up to 45 children in the house at any one time, and right now there are 42 children from the ages of 0-18 living there. From the time the home first opened in 1985, over 600 children have lived there.   

We took quite a few pictures of the children, but Leonie asked us not to post any of them online.  We did take this picture of the philosophy of the home posted on the wall.

This home was run with love an compassion, and it had such a different atmosphere than the state run children's home in Belize City we visited earlier in the week.  The only problem is that the kids and Leonie are living in a very tight space.  This is a picture of the land that makes up the majority of their back yard.  
The good news is that Leonie has recently purchased 14 acres of land just outside the city limits of Belmopan.  The goal is to have a road built to that land by June, and to begin the construction on a volunteer village and the well (currently they are paying the equivalent of $1,000 US per day for water, and having a well would drastically reduce that cost).  It was so inspiring to hear Leonie's incredible vision for how this land can be used.

Following Leonie's, Michelle and Sophie were dropped off at the prison to join part of the Lubbock group there.  Stacy and Jennifer returned to the Burial Grounds where they continued to work on the school.  While they were there, the group presented Kenny with a house warming present.
We quickly learned the benefits of having brought our very own paramedics with us (none of us sustained major injuries on the trips, but it was still nice to have them around to help with cuts and bruises).
Originally we were told that cameras would not be allowed in the prisons, so Michelle and Sophie were surprised to find one of the women from Lubbock taking pictures when they arrived.  The women inmates were thrilled to have their picture taken, and were constantly asking to be in another picture.  These are just a few of the many pictures taken that day.

The main sewing project we worked on with the women was boxer shorts.  It was a simple project that would teach them the fundamentals of sewing.  This is a woman named Michelle with her almost finished shorts.
A side project was painting quilt squares.  We asked the women to paint images of what made them happy on quilt squares (and then the Lubbock group will sew the majority of the squares together in a quilt and auction it off to raise money for future Belize mission trips).  Right before we left the prison on Wednesday, the women asked us for extra squares.  During the night they painted the following:

(B.C.P. = Belize Central Prison)
We were all very touched at their thoughtfulness and hard work.

In addition to painting and sewing, we spent much of our time at the prison chatting with the woman, learning more about their stories.  



You might have noticed in some of the last few pictures that a few of the women from our team had braids in our hair.... Many tourists pay for their hair to be braided when they go to Belize, or other tropical locations.  We have woman and youth at the children's home and prison volunteer to do it for us.

That last night we had a BBQ of chicken and tapir.  This was the crew that cooked dinner (with Kenny in the background).
Before dinner we played soccer with the boys of Belize.  After dinner, however, the boys entertained themselves by climbing on Scot and Jerry.

Michelle brought some relief by bringing bags of candy (though it disappeared in a matter of seconds).
The next morning was our last morning together as an entire group.  In case you are curious why there is a seventh person in this picture, that is Beth.  She works for the Word at Work.  She was with us in Belize all week and was a tremendous gift and blessing to our team.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Good News From Belize - An Update on Moises

Our FPCA team safely arrived in Texas this past weekend after a wonderful last few days in Belize.  Over the next few days we will post more pictures from the last part of our trip, but tonight we wanted to share good news we just received.  You might remember us asking for prayers for a 7 year old boy named Moises.  Moises had been run over by a truck on Jan 8.  No one has expected him to live this long, especially considering he hasn't been getting any nutrition since the accident.  But the good news is that on Friday, Moises will be transported by plane to the United States where he will be able to receive the medical treatment he needs - what an answer to prayer!   The email we received from Tim Tam, the missionary in Belize, is below:

"Tears of joy shower down today all over Belize City and beyond.
It started with me today when my wife called and gave me the word that Baptist Saint Anthony Hospital in Amarillo Texas has agreed to receive Moises as their patient. It took me a while to stop crying so I could begin to share the good news with others. Our God once again hears the prayers of his children and brings hope to the hopeless. For the past several days I have been fused to the phone and my computer. A network of caring people, friends connecting with friends all over the United States nonstop, thousands of emails, everyone striving to secure help for this little guy who refused to die. I lost track of the number of hospitals and medical facilities who were contacted and are considering our case. Even now many are in the midst of a decision process, waiting for boards and committees to cast their vote. But now, help has arrived and we must act while there’s still time.
Perhaps on Thursday, at least by Friday, a private jet will arrive in Belize to transport Moises, his mother and his Dr. to Texas even faster than a commercial airline. BSA Hospital in Amarillo is fully equipped to handle the case. If however the possibility surfaces for one of the major children’s hospitals to take the case, BSA will be happy to redirect the patient to wherever he can receive the best care.
Early this evening I went to the hospital with Jackie and Marta Woods to share the good news with Moises and his mother. Unbelievable joy has pushed away all the sorrow in their rooms. And Moises is showing new energy and great improvement. Only days before, one of the nurses from Accolade Home Health Care (www.accoladehomecare.com) secured the TPN that was desperately needed to get nutrition into his body. Cars from distant cities drove through the night to hand off the medicine to a mission team from boulder Colorado bound for Belize who then rushed it to the hospital at the moment they arrived. The results were almost immediate. Tonight we noticed that the sores on his scalp and arms were now healing. There is new life in his eyes. But here is what blew my mind…… Perhaps you remember from the last alert we sent out that Moises spoke of a Angelic visitations, a man dressed in white who was helping him. Here we had come to the hospital to tell them they were about to go to the United States, and his mother shared that he already knew it. She awoke in the night to find Moises sitting in the chair next to the bed. He has not been out of his bed for many weeks. The "man who had been helping him" told him that he needed to get ready to go. Moises got out of bed while his mother slept. He bathed himself with wet wipes and put lotion on his skin. He put Vaseline in his hair and combed it and then sat in the chair ready to go. She didn’t know what to think of it other than that she was glad he was gaining strength and, though it little bit shaky, was able to walk around.

At this point what needs to happen is....
-A massive offering-up of thanks to God for his mercy on this little one
-Continued prayer for god’s healing and protection
-Raising a little bit of money to help defray the fuel costs of our generous benefactor who dropped everything in order to make this happen

Thank you one and all,
Tim in Belize

Tim Tam
The Word at Work
1400 Wolflin Ave
Amarillo, Tx 79109
Office: 806-342-3600
Cell: 806-671-9673
Visit website www.twaw.org"

This picture was taken just recently and shows Moises, his mother, and Tim Tam:

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Great Day, Busy Day

This is going to be a rather short post because it was a busy day, a busy evening, and the night isn't over yet.

Scot and Jerry spent most of the day at the burial grounds continuing the mortar/cinder block work on the church.

Michelle, Stacy, Sophie, and Jennifer went out first to King's Children Home in Belmopan. This was a completely different experience than going to the state run children's home. The woman who owns the home is licenced to have up to 45 children in the home (there are 42 right now) and they all call her mom. Leone herself (the woman who runs the home) came from a background of abuse herself, and so takes in abused children. They are up daily by 5:00am to do devotionals and have a time of worship together. The children look out for one another, love one another, and the atmosphere of the home is completely different than it was at the other home in Belize City. They are in an extremely small space right now, but have recently purchased 14 acres so they can build a larger complex with more space for the kids to run and play. Leone is an amazing woman with an incredible vision and a huge heart.
After our time there, and a quick lunch, Jennifer and Stacy headed back to the burial grounds to help Scot and Jerry while Sophie and Michelle headed back to the prisons to continue working with the sewing ministry there. They actually let some of the women from WPC in Lubbock take a camera in today, but we will have to upload those pictures tomorrow when we have more time.
We ate dinner, a cookout, at the burial grounds, played soccer with some of the kids, and then came back here for worship, devos, and some meetings.
It's been a great day - God is good.

This is our team this morning, before we split up for the day.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One thing we haven't mentioned in our previous postings is that we end every day together in a time of worship and sharing. We will sing, pray, and talk through our days. We usually meet out on the porch, and get to enjoy the cool night air as we worship - it's a great way to end each day.

Wednseday started with all of us assuming (except Jennifer who knew she would be working in one of the classrooms) we would spend our morning working at the burial grounds. Remember though that one of the key words in Belize is FLEXIBILITY, and so right from the start our plans changed. Scot was asked to head to Stella Mara's to take the special needs kids on a field trip where he would help teach swimming lessons.




Stacy, Sophie, Michelle, and Jerry stayed behind at the burial grounds to help lay cinder blocks and spread mortar.


Jennifer started her day in one of the classrooms to be a teacher's assistant.



She was only in the classroom for the first part of the day, however, because there was a preschool field trip to the fire house and they needed extra volunteers. They even came over to the work site where most of us were working to recruit extra volunteers. Jerry, being a fireman knew this would be a great adventure for him, and Michelle volunteered to go as well.



The little girl that Jerry ate lunch with yesterday is very attached to him. She spends time with him every opportunity she gets -she eats with him, sits with him on the bus, etc.


Of course, Jerry the fireman was the perfect person to demonstrate how to properly slide down the pole.


And he was also the perfect person to catch kids taking a tour through the cab.







Jennifer, Jerry, and Michelle made it back by lunch time, and once again we had a delicious homemade lunch.



After lunch Jerry stayed at the burial grounds to continue the cinder block/mortar work and even spent some time working on Kenny's house. Scot and Jerry also went over to meet the local ambulance crew. They have a very primitive, basic level medicial capabilities, ie they have no certified parimedics. Jerry and Scot were able to offer their expertise and talk them through certain situations.
Sophie, Stacy, Michelle, and Jennifer headed out to a local prison. We weren't allowed to take cameras inside (and in all honesty it just wasn't a good idea to take any valuable inside), but this is a quick shot we took of the outside of the prison as we were getting back in the vans at the end of the day).

The woman in the prison are learning howto sew. The basic idea is that if we equip them with a trade/skill, when they get out of prison they will have means of supporting themselves. We came with six working sewing machines, but there were over thirty women. When the women were waiting for a sewing machine to work on their projects we had other activities to work on. For the most part though, this gave us a chance to talk to them and hear their stories. It's hard to put into words all that we experienced in the prison today, but it was definitely a challenging, but fulfilling day and one that will be in our hearts for a very very long time.
And one last picture for you. This is our group last night after dinner. In a lot of ways this trip has been challenging, but our group is getting along very well and we are having a great time growing closer together and closer to God.