Sunday, March 18, 2012

Final Belize prayer update

"O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise... ." Psalm 8:1-2a


Received from the Belize Team at 5:17 PM…



We done reach (translation - we have reached the DFW airport). It was an AMAZING trip. We cannot thank each of you enough for all of your prayers. Hopefully in the next week or two we will have pictures and stories posted on our missions blog,

Blessings and love,

The 2012 Belize Team



Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,

forever and ever! Amen.

Eph. 3:20-21


Way to pray, good and faithful prayer warriors!

Belize prayer update 13

Received from the Belize Team at 11:40 AM…


We are in the early stages of our journey back to the DFW area. We have checked in at the airport here at Belize, and are about to board for Houston. Please pray for a smooth journey.



Praise God and continue praying!

Belize prayer update 12

Received from the Belize Team at 11:45 PM Saturday…


After a wonderful evening with Belizean friends we got up early this morning [Saturday] for breakfast with one of the YES girls and her baby. Today [Saturday] we also debriefed-had some time relaxing and praying in Scripture.  Tomorrow [Sunday] our first flight is at 11 and we will return to DFW after 5 PM. Please be in prayer for travel mercies.




Praise God for the incredible time the team has had while in Belize; for the work that was accomplished but, more importantly, for the ministry God has allowed them to have and to receive.


Please pray…

·         for team members’ emotions as they say their goodbyes

·         that packing, travel to and check-in at the airport would be problem free

·         for team members’ emotions as they leave Belize and transition from the amazing time they’ve had while in Belize

·         for travel mercies

·         that all their luggage arrives with them

·         “Pray that we wouldn’t have a “mountaintop" experience, but that we would truly be changed more into the image of Jesus” [from the prayer journal]


Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:2-3


Friday, March 16, 2012

Belize prayer update 11

Received from the Belize Team at 7:30 this evening…




Every day we are here we are amazed at God's provision and his answer to prayer.  It has been humbling to be able to be a part of the YES girls’ lives and to be able to serve that community by working on their two buildings.  We have deepened relationships in new ways this year, and it truly was hard to say good-bye, but good to know that these relationships will be continued in the time to come.


The Belize City work crew finished the job of painting the interior.  They are still working on the bathroom even as I type this.  They finished painting the room, and it looks fantastic.  Jim's comment was, "I wish we had another week to knock out even more."


The Lord's Bank work crew continued painting.  Though the rooms they were working on were two-toned, they worked diligently and efficiently and painted the two main rooms. 


A good portion of the group had the privilege of taking the YES girls on a field trip.  To say the girls had a good time is an understatement.  But it wasn't just about having fun.  You can tell that there was a certain level of trust established, and our conversations, prayer, and sharing continued throughout the day. 


We truly appreciate your prayers, for us, for those we interacted with, for the girls, and for the staff of us.


Pray that we would leave changed by God; not just through the experiences we had, but that we would desire to know Him more after this week of serving.

Pray for our safety as we travel home.



For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19



Thursday, March 15, 2012

Belize prayer update 10

He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

Colossians 1:28-29


Received from the Belize Team at 7:30 PM…


As my text mentioned earlier, our day started with a wonderful time of worship. We sang a few songs (and the girls taught us a few songs). Presley, Jenn, and Tara led a devotional, and what emerged was a time of sharing as the girls opened up about the reality of things they struggle with on a daily basis - everything from insecurity, to abuse, to the recent loss of a sibling. We were able to spend some time, talking, praying, and worshipping with the girls.

We transitioned to our "normal" activities with a small group activity, and then it was time to start the day. By that time though a couple of our group members had already gotten a jump start on the daily "grocery shopping" (or rather taking Yolanda to the market) and the Belize City crew was hard at work. 

The Belize City crew continued painting (both inside and on the roof), and they started putting up walls (because they had torn some down yesterday).

The Lord's Bank work crew worked hard! If you have seen pictures of YES in the past, one thing you know is that Pastor Ruth loves bright colors. It definitely wasn't a surprise that she had lots of bright colors picked out for the new building we are working on.  Our crew worked hard (they actually worked well past quitting time yesterday to get things done, and finally had to be told to stop), and primed and painted today. The rooms look absolutely lit up with some color on the wall!

Some of the girls worked on the quilt today, and tried their hand at hand stitching (learning a completely new skill). Ben taught all the girls to make woven bracelets, which they loved! And during our bracelet making time, we had more good conversations and times of prayer.

Suzie taught her computer class. Today they practiced typing in Microsoft Word and had an introduction to Microsoft Excel. One of the girls really enjoyed learning how to make formulas in Excel to perform math. Each girl was also able to show their presentations to new people. It was so wonderful to see their big smiles full of confidence for what they had accomplished. We also spent time taking a few pictures of each girl so that they could post pictures to Facebook. It was a full day for the computer class.

We sent Scot off to BERT where he taught more classes today.

Tina was able to connect with Mike and Yodi again of the church in Orange Walk. They gave her a sketch of the planned roof hoping that she could come up with a more cost efficient plan, and Tina used her engineering skills to organize the information and brainstorm a new plan. God has truly used all of our gifts and talents this week through reaching out to others!

Sophie and Michelle met with Ian, who is an ombudsman here in Belize, and is the international track and field representative as well. Ian explained that there is no place for track and field to be practiced, and there are also no sports equipment. Running has never been a sport here in Belize, but Ian believes that giving kids the opportunity to run will keep them out of harm's way. He is looking for support of the sport and possibly more coaches. He initially reached out to us hoping for the empty container in our church parking lot, and we were excited to meet someone with such love and compassion for the children of Belize.

Thank you all for the prayers! They have definitely been lifted up and helpful as we saw today.

Praise God for…


·         … the wonderful time of worship this morning and the opportunity it brought for good conversation with the girls

·         … the continued endurance and good progress in so many areas; construction, sewing, computers, and BERT

·         … the way God is glorifying Himself in using the gifts and talents He's given team members to serve in unique and varied ways


Please pray for…

·         … a renewed strength from God as we work, that we would depend on Him for our energy

·         … for opportunities to interact with the people of Belize; that we can understand their joys and hardships

·         … for team member's eyes to be open to see how God is at work in, around, and through them



He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40: 29-31

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Belize prayer update 8

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.  Eph. 3:20-21



Received from the Belize Team at 7:20 this evening…


The day started with worship/devotionals again. Rob led us in a few songs, Colton, Tanner, Suzie, and Judy led our Bible Study/Devotional Time, and then we had time for a small group activity.

Today's schedule was similar to yesterday's, except that we added a craft while we sewed (we needed more hands in the sewing room, so we made a few adjustments accordingly). Before we divided up into our activities for the day, we had a crash course in oral hygiene. Several of the girls said they owned a tooth brush but none of them had even heard of dental floss.  Michelle and Gala were able to teach them the steps of keeping their mouths healthy.

Meanwhile, our two construction teams were already at work. The Belize City team was doing interior and exterior painting. The Lord's Bank team was continuing to sand and mud, and began to prime the walls.  The girls continued the work on the quilt, and it looks great. At the end of the day the quilt top was complete.  Tara introduced a new craft project, which the girls loved - making, "Christmas Tree napkins." Suzie (assisted by Colton) led another day of computer classes. Today the girls prepared a presentation slide about themselves in PowerPoint. The best part of these classes, in addition to helping these girls learn a needed skill, is the atmosphere it creates for conversation and relationship building. They come from all sorts of situations- several have children, a couple come from families with caring parents, one lives in a homeless shelter. Two have special needs, others are incredibly bright but, because of how/where they have grown up, they have not been able to succeed/adjust in a normal school environment.  Scot spent half of the day today at BERT, and will spend a full day there tomorrow. He is a great example of how someone is using their natural ability and talents to serve God here in Belize.  He trained EMTs/Medics.

Every night, the last thing we do is to spend some time in worship as a group. We catch up on the day’s events, and reflect on how we saw God at work. It is amazing to see God at work all around us this week. Thank you for praying!

Praise God for…

·         … there is a young girl that has a large tumor growing on her face. The Word at Work is part of an effort to get her to the States to have a life saving surgery to have it removed. As a part of his teaching/training today, Scot attended a training today in which $1,000 was raised by residents of Belize in support of this girl. It is significant thing that when Belizeans care for their own and want to raise money they can; even with what little many of them make. 

·         … another successful day of ministry

·         … protection while the team split into different groups to handle different activities

·         … the good progress made by all the different groups!


Prayer Requests! Please pray…

-          … for Scot as he continues his work with BERT. The head of BERT is joining us for dinner tonight, so she and Scot can brainstorm about what the year holds for them. He is also teaching another class tomorrow.

-          … for Presley, Tara, and Jennifer as they lead the devotional tomorrow

-          … the quilt team as the lead the next phase of the quilt tomorrow, and also for Ben as he leads a craft

-          … several key meetings we have tomorrow regarding future ministry opportunities

-          … that we will be open and aware of the ways we can be a blessing to the people of Belize

-          … for group unity as we reach the halfway point; that everyone would get along well and love each other as Christ loves each of us

-          … for endurance and good health



Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 2 Corinthians 8:11

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Belize prayer update 7

“In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.

  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.

  Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.

  And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

  So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.” 

2 Cor. 8: 2-6 



Received from the Belize Team 6 PM Tuesday evening:


“It was another amazing day. We once again split up.  We sent 4 people off to the Belize City YES campus to finish caulking the windows.

The rest of the group headed out to Lord's Bank to be at the school and work on a construction project out there.

It was so good to see so many familiar faces from last year, to be greeted with hugs, and to meet new students.

There are a couple of students who only come two days a week (they only come on the days when Pastor Ruth because she is there to "discipline" them- they listen to her). Since Pastor Ruth comes every day during our visit, those girls are here every day this week.  The ultimate goal is to assimilate them into a full week school schedule here at YES, and then one day into a more traditional school.

The day started with a time of worship and devotion.  We sang a few songs, and then Rob/Sophie led a devotion. We finished out our devo time with a little bit of small group interaction, and then it was time to start the day.

Judy led the way in teaching sewing. This was the girls first time they had ever worked on a quilt and they jumped right into the project.

Suzie (assisted by Presley and Jenn) led a computer class, and then a good portion of our group started working on a new education classroom. The long term vision is to have girls be able to board there if they are living in abusive situations, or at the very least have a place to take a hot shower (right now it's a place where many of them get their only hot meals).  The group is working to tape/mud the walls.

A small group of 3 went out to the market with Yolanda. If you have been on the prayer chain in previous years you might remember Yolanda and Oscar’s names. They live in the Burial Grounds right next to the school/church. Oscar is a wonderful woodcarver (and many of us have a cross/bowl that he made), and Yolanda is a wonderful cook. She is making us dinner tonight, which meant we had to make a trip to the market to get food to cook for dinner.

Tina continued her conversations about the church in Orange Walk. There are five people who have come down with the Lubbock group to be a part of continued sewing ministry. One of them, Gene Day, has been coming to Belize for 10+ years. He has a passion for ministry in Belize and it turns out he owns a steel company.  There is no steel manufactured anywhere in Belize, and so getting it to make beams is tricky, but with multiple brains on the project and some prayer, anything is possible. 

Everyone except Scot is headed over to the Burial Grounds now to eat.  Scot has been asked by BERT (the Belize Emergency Response Team) to come observe a class (an EMT class) and evaluate the teacher.

Please pray…
- for Judy, Suzie, Tanner, and Colton who will be leading the devotional tomorrow

- pray for our construction teams and continued productivity
- pray for our time with the girls, in the classes, as we worship, that we can share our lives and our faith with them. We are continuing the quilt project and starting a new craft project tomorrow.
- pray for those leading the classes
- we will be teaching some dental hygiene during the trip, pray for open ears to ear that information
- pray for our team as we continue to grow together

- pray that we would learn from the people of Belize; from their love, their pain, their suffering, their joy, and their faith

- pray that we would serve compassionately and lovingly


Praise the LORD.

   Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,

  praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,

  praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

   Praise the LORD.

Psalm 150

Belize prayer update 6

"Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well." 1 Thess. 2:8b 



Received last night at 10:35 PM from the Belize Team…


"We had an amazing first day on the worksite! The group split into two groups. The first group headed to one of our construction sites (we are doing construction at both of the YES campuses this week). The main YES campus is in Lord's Bank (just outside Belize City), and that is where the school is located. The other YES campus is in downtown Belize City. That's where the construction crew went today. They had 7 windows to take out, and 7 new windows to put back in.  All the windows were put in, and tomorrow they will need to be caulked.

"The second group made the drive up to Corazal to visit with Moises and his family, check in on them, and deliver a few surprises. On the way, he stopped by Orange Walk to see our friends Mike and Yodi.  Mike and Yodi are the Word at Work connections to the church in Orange Walk, Luz del Evangelio.  4 years ago, the church started building a new building, but for various reasons the project has been on hold. Just within the past year has the project started again.   Tina, who has an eye for that kind of project, both downloaded the video with the future design projection and was able to talk with the builders. It was exciting to be able to talk to them as they move forward in creating this new worship space (much larger than their old) and to know how to pray for them in the coming months.

"That group continued up to Corazal, saw Moises and all of his siblings except one. Since FPCA is also scholarships some of the kids to go to school, we met his principal and got a better feel for how the school is they are attending.

"Tomorrow, school is back in session, so we start teaching at YES. The day will start with a time of devotional, prayer, and worship first thing in the morning.  The construction will continue at the Belize City YES location and construction will also start at the YES campus in Lord's Bank.

Please pray for the relationships we will start to build with the students, and for continued productivity on the work site.  Pray also for Moises and his family."


Praise God for…

·         … the team's "amazing first day on the worksite"

·         … protection over all in their first day of work and getting around from place to place


Pray for…

·         … relationship-building between students and team members

·         … productivity on the work site

·         … Moises and his family

·         … team member's minds and our hearts to be open to God's Spirit

·         … team member's  to be living examples of God's love and strength to the people of Belize and the students of YES

·         … for God to be glorified through team member's thoughts, words, actions and reactions as they SEEK HIM on this trip

·         Pray that God would use the team members' efforts to bless the students and staff of YES, as well as all others they meet


"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,

according to his power that is at work within us,

to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."

Eph. 3:20-21

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Belize prayer update 4

Received from the Belize Mission Team at 8:15 PM:

“The weekend has gone well.  We settled in to our accommodations at "Old Belize." When we get a chance to be at a computer, we will have to share in more detail where we have the good

fortune of staying this year. This morning we went to worship at Trinity Church, where Pastor Ruth is. Pastor Ruth works at YES, and since we were coming, the girls of YES were invited to

church. They shared a few songs with us.  It was AWESOME to be greeted by the girls of YES on the steps of church this morning as well as by the church members. Sophie was asked to preach,

and the whole worship service tied together very well.


“We went to spend the afternoon with the two mission groups that are here with The Word at Work, spending some in worship and prayer, seeing a new part of Belize, enjoying a meal together. 

Unfortunately we had a blip in the day when Presley encountered a scorpion.  Thanks to Scot and an amazingly caring team, and a very brave Presley all ended well.  She is doing well, but we

would ask for prayers for her and a scorpion-free trip the rest of our time here. Tomorrow morning we start construction work at the downtown YES campus.  Part of our group will be going to

visit Moises and his family (it is a national holiday in Belize so no school. It is a great day to check in with them). Pray for a productive day on the worksite, for good time with Moises' family.”

·         Praise God for the wonderful time of worship the team encountered today!

·         Praise God for His protection and watchcare over Presley!

Pray for the Team…

·         Pray for God to be glorified through team members’ thoughts, words, actions and reactions as they SEEK HIM on this trip; Pray that God would use their efforts to bless the students and staff of YES, as well as all others they meet.

·         Pray for no more scorpions!

·         Pray that the team members will serve with good attitudes (in humility) as they work; that they would truly learn what selfless service is like.

·         Pray that they might know Jesus Christ more because of the experiences they will have today and in the coming week.

·         Pray that God would begin to knit together in a new way the hearts of all the team members.

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;  rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Philippians: 2: 5-7


“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Belize prayer update 3

Received at 2:50 PM: "We have landed safely in Belize after a succesful
morning/day of travel. We had a quick but uneventful layover in Houston, and
then made it through customs. We were met by two Word at Work missionaries,
Zachary and Rachel. We just stopped for lunch and then will go to the place
where we are staying."

From the Prayer Guide...

* Pray for God to be glorified through our thoughts, words, actions and
reactions as we SEEK HIM on this trip; Pray that God would use our efforts
to bless the students and
staff of YES, as well as all others we meet.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the
church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!
Amen." Eph. 3:20-21

Sat, March 10

* Pray for Safety in travel, group unity to be formed, pray that each person
would focus on God and not on themselves.

"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if
any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any
tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded,
having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of
selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above
yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the
interests of the others." Phil 2:1-4

Belize prayer update 2

Received a message from Sophie at 9:34 with the subject “In the Houston airport will let you know when we land”


Looks like they met up as scheduled and are on their way. Yeah, God!

In the houston airport

Friday, March 9, 2012

Belize prayer update 1

Greetings, prayer warriors!


At 8 PM Sophie sent a message stating, “Our plan is to be at the airport tomorrow at 5am for a 6:44 flight.  We we will a layover in Houston.  One of our team members will be flying from Dallas Love Field to Houston and meeting us there.  So I am hoping all goes well in that transition and we will safely come back together to be on the same flight at 9ish to head to Belize (where we will land just before noon).”



What a privilege it is to join our prayers together before the Throne of Grace for our mission team!


Standing with you,



"For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name." Psalm 97: 9-12

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Prayer Guide

Below is a prayer guide (that was printed in the March FPCA Newsletter) highlighting some prayer points for the Belize Mission Trip. Use this to guide your prayer time while the team is in Belize.

Thanks for your prayers!


Scripture: Eph. 3:20-21

Pray for God to be glorified through our thoughts, words, actions and reactions as we SEEK HIM on this trip; Pray that God would use our efforts to bless the students and staff of YES, as well as all others we meet

Sat, March 10

Scripture: Phil 2:1-4

Safety in travel, group unity to be formed, pray that each person would focus on God and not on themselves

Sun, March 11

Scripture: John 4:21-24

Pray that we are able to lose ourselves in worship, coming to the end of ourselves and finding nothing but Jesus. May He be glorified in our lives today

Monday, March 12

Scriptures: Philippians: 2: 5-7
Romans 12:3

Pray that we serve with good attitudes (in humility) as we work, that we would truly learn what selfless service is like, pray that we might know Jesus Christ more because of this experiences

Tuesday, March 13

Scriptures: Eph 1:17-18
1 Thess. 2:8

Pray that our minds and our hearts would be open to God’s Spirit, that we would be
living examples of God’s love and strength to the people of Belize and the students of YES

Wed, March 14

Scriptures: Psalm 150
2 Cor. 8: 2-6

Pray that we would learn from the people of Belize, from their love, their pain, their suffering, their joy, and their faith; pray that we would serve compassionately and lovingly

Thur, March 15

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:11

Pray for group unity again as we reach the halfway point, that everyone would get along and love each other as Christ loves; pray for endurance and good health

Fri, March 16

Scriptures: Isaiah 40: 29-31
Colossians 1:28-29

Pray for a renewed strength from God as we work, that we would depend on Him for our energy; pray for opportunities to interact with the people of Belize that we can understand their joys and hardship

Sat, March 17

Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-19

Pray that we would leave changed by God not just through the experience but that we would desire to know Him more after this
week of serving; pray for our safety as we travel home.

Sun, March 18

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:2-3

Pray that we wouldn’t have a “mountaintop" experience, but that we would truly be changed more into the image of Jesus

The 2012 Belize Team

On Saturday Morning, at 6:44 am, the 2012 Belize Team leaves Dallas Forth International Airport. We have 19 people who are a part of this year's team, and we are incredibly excited and humbled that we will be a part of the work that God is already doing in Belize.

While we are there we will be involved in several ministry opportunities:

- we will be working with the students at Youth Enhancement Services (YES), at their Lord's Bank Campus. YES is a school for girls who for whatever reason don't fit into the traditional school environment. All schools in Belize cost money, whether private or public, and YES is significantly less expensive than all other schools. Many of the girls who come to YES have been abused, some come from group homes, but they all need a refuge, and they are able to find it at YES. We are able to spend the week with them, teaching them sewing, how to make various crafts, dental/oral hygiene, and computer skills among other things.

- part of our crew will be working at the other YES (in downtown Belize City) campus helping to renovate their building.

- we will have a chance to worship at Pastor Ruth's church - Pastor Ruth is one of the teacher's at YES. We have known her for several years. We will invite the YES students to come worship with us, and for some of our team this will be the second time we will have had the opportunity to worship at Pastor Ruth's congregation.

- we will have a chance to go visit with Moises, his siblings and his parents. For those of you have kept up with this blog over the last few years, Moises is a little boy who was injured in a tragic accident in Jan of 2009. It was only through the prayers of many saints, and the generosity of strangers that Moises was miraculous healed. He is now incredibly healthy, and it is our privilege to get to visit and spend time with him.

Those are a few highlights of our trip to Belize. Please be praying for our team as they travel to Belize!