Belize City in Belize, June 16 to June 23, 2012
June 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM
The PPM staffers are hanging at the Global Village Hotel anxiously awaiting the safe arrival of the team members from Hibben United Methodist Church, as well as Tom & Diana Boyd and Tracy & Dan Cross. Once they get here, we'll grab a BBQ lunch and go meet the Galilee Baptist church family. Please be praying for a great first day of ministry in Belize and keep checking back over the next week for updates!
First Day Success!
June 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM
After a safe flight and landing here in Belize we were off! We traveled to Eustace's BBQ stand to have a delicious meal. Despite the rain we had a wonderful time. While waiting for the rest of our group to arrive we settled into our rooms and got a slight rest. Then we headed off to Galilee Baptist for home visits around the community. We invited the people to the sports ministry, the dental clinic, and women's ministry. We ended the evening with some fellowship with the people of the church, headed back to the hotel for our meeting and headed to bed to get some well deserved rest before our Sunday service. Thank you for all our prayers and thoughts! Love to all!
June 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Jared and Cory jamming on the drums and keyboard tonight...
Let us worship the Lord!
June 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
We had a wonderful day worshiping the Lord with our friends at Galilee Baptist Church. We got to church bright and early and enjoyed a wonderful Sunday School lesson about Joshua and then celebrated our life in Christ through a message about not conforming to the ways of this world but standing out for God from Pastor Ruperto. After Church we headed over to Dorothy Menzie's Children's Home and spent a couple hours playing with the children and showing them the love which Christ has given us. We finished the evening off with another amazing and God-filled Church service with the congregation of Galilee Baptist. We are looking forward to our first official day of construction, sports ministry, women's ministry, and the dental clinic tomorrow. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to use the gifts and talents that God has given us to reach out to the people of Belize. Praise be to God!
Friends from Hibben at Church!
June 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Thank you to our friends we left at home in Charleston for joining us at church this morning :)
Singing God's Praise!
June 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Some of our pelicans singing worship at church this evening...
First Tooth Of The Day
June 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Craig Rhyne Jr. removes the first tooth of the day.
June 18, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Cyrene and Pam use their new invention (aka an umbrella and a broom) to move sand into the soccer field to help with the water.
Highlight of the Day?
June 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Davis brought a frog home in his pants.....you'll have to ask him for the story.
Dirt, Dentists, and Devotions
June 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Hello All! We miss you all and enjoy reading all of the wonderful comments you have left. It is good to know that we are being covered in prayer every step of the way. Thank you all so much!.
Long Time No Post...
June 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM
It has been a few days since our last trip journal. I know you must be thinking that we are just plain lazy or living on Island time, but the internet has been something of a hindrance. So if you don’t mind, I’m going to catch you up on our last two days. Yesterday we got to visit the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha in the morning. The Hibben group got to learn about the ruins and even climb on top of them. In the afternoon, we continued to work on a fence for the back of the Galilee Baptist Church and saw more patients at the dental clinic. The evening included the usual sport’s and women’s ministries. God has been doing some amazing things with the women who have been coming to the ministry and we are excited to see what he’ll do with our last day tomorrow.
Just Another Day in Belize
June 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM
For today, we woke up bright and early just so that we could have our bus driver, Thomas, give us a tour of the south side of Belize City. Upon arrival at the church, we continued to lay foundation for the home we are building which actually was completed. The dentists and accompanying crew were able to meet a lot of really great people today as they were cleaning teeth and pulling them. This included a WW2 veteran who had some work done in the morning. Later on in the evening came the sports and women’s ministries. For the sports ministry, we got to divide up into two teams and play a US vs. Belize soccer match of which the children had a lot of fun. Tonight was also our night to cook and visit the homes of a few church members from Galilee Baptist. The supper ministry spurred the team to search above and beyond themselves to minister to people in need. This included serving a spaghetti dinner to 3 different families. We were glad to be able to serve as a reminder to those families that God takes care of his children. Our last event of the evening was a prayer service in which Pastor Roberto led us to pray for the community here and the need for hope and faith in our lives as well as the lives of his church members.
June 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Davis finds a new friend during the afternoon sports ministry.
June 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Shortly after this picture was taken, Betty dodges a flying tooth with her clean gloves still intact.
You have beautiful hair!
June 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Jordan got multiple hairdo's during the afternoon sports and received many compliments on his beautiful hair.
June 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Tracy shares a moment with one of the boys during sports ministry.
June 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM
JP and Craig Jr. attempt to crack open coconuts on the rocks.
Here in Spirit
June 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Galileans from former years joined the group while on their trip to Altun Ha.
Until we meet again...
June 22, 2012 at 08:52 AM
219. 4 and 1. 60+. 15. What are all these numbers you ask? These are the numbers that surrounded our last day of ministry here in Belize. 219 represents the number of patients that were helped through the dental clinic. A huge increase from last year, Praise God! 4 and 1 represent the work that was completed on Sherlette's house. The construction crew was able to put up the frames for all 4 walls and for the roof. What a wonderful ministry and blessing that is for her family! 60+ stands for the number of children that were blessed through the sports ministry yesterday and were able to experience a fun time in the park with us. Last but not least, 15 is the number of women who were helped through the women's ministry and were able to connect with the women from our team in a way that reassures us that we are all one in Christ. God certainly did some amazing things during our last day working at Galilee Baptist and we were so blessed by everything that happened. As we look forward to our day of relaxation and fun on Caye Caulker we realize that it is not "Goodbye" to the people of Galilee Baptist but a simple "See You Later" and so we say "Until We Meet Again!"
Just like Nehemiah
June 22, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Alicia and Pam working on the framing for Sherlette's house.
News from Home
June 22, 2012 at 09:00 AM
The team took some time out from their busy day to read a little bit of news from their hometown.
Pelicans waiting for plywood
June 22, 2012 at 09:04 AM
The team takes a second to snap a photo while they are waiting for the plywood to arrive.
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Praying for you Jared -- Let your smile be an encouragement to everyone you see today!
Amy McCurley/Cyrene's prayer partner
It looks like you have had a wonderful week in Belize. Prayers to you all for sharing your gifts and God's love with the people in Belize. Safe travels home, and God bless you all.
Hannah& Kay Dermody
To mom and JP...I miss you sooooo much and I love you.Can't wait until you come home tomorrow!!I am staying at Mrs.Kay's house tonight. Hannah I I pray you both have safe travels tomorrow.As well, as the whole group.It is amazing the things you guys have accomplished this week.I love when THE LORD "Shows -Off " like that!!!!!!! See you tomorrow night,Kay
safe trip home for all. Looking forward to your arrival. Ill be at the airport waiting for you jesse. mom
Ron and Lucy Davison
Mike and Jared, Guess your week is over. Looks like an incredible experience. Enjoyed looking at all the pictures and following the group's story. Still not seeing any smiles on Jared's face. Must be the heat. Take care and safe travels home.
What a great report for lives touched and a lasting impact in Belize. Look forward to future ministry with you all. Pleasant flying tomorrow and we will see you soon!!
Jordan - LOVE the picture of the kids working on your hair! Pam - thank you for asking me to be your prayer partner. I am thinking of you and praying many times each day. The OCC team is praying as well - They can't wait to hear stories from Pam, Craig and Linda. It is amazing how much you are accomplishing in such a short amount of time. Cyrene, please make sure that the pictures of Debbie and me spend a little time at the construction site. You know that is where we would want to be. :) much love to all! Jennifer P.S. If anyone is talking with Ulrich or Elihu, please give them big hugs from me.
Love you Jordan! I'm so proud of my big brother! I miss you so much! Can't wait until Saturday! :) p.s nice braids
Prayers for safe travels Saturday Can't wait to see you soon and hear all about your trip! xoxo
Neal & Phyllis Moran
Hope you're making progress in the mission field. We enjoy the daily reports. Kep up the good work. We look forward to hearing from you when you arrive home. We love you! Mom and Dad/Gma and Gpa
Jordan, we were talking at the airport Saturday about whether you were coming home with corn-rolls in your hair. Looks like you might be!! We are thinking about all of you and praying for your ministry. Thank you so much for representing Hibben is such a loving way. We miss you, Jordan.
Seeing all your smiling faces proves that working for the Lord is a joyful thing. The work you are doing is such a blessing to all and I pray that you will be safe as you work. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and have safe travels home. May the Lord bless each one of you and all those you are serving in Belieze.
We are really enjoying the pictures and the updates. Sounds like the team is really making a difference and blessings are abundant. Continuing to pray for the team, your work there and your safe return. Sally and Davis - can't wait to see you and hear all the stories. Love you, Anz.
Jordan...I knew the hair thing was going to happen...can't believe it took so long! Hope you are having a great time. It looks like you are. The pictues are awesome. It is so great to see the smiling faces on all of you. I can see God's love being shared!! We continure to pray for you all and can't wait to hear the stories. We miss you, Jordan!!!
Hey Mom, I hope all is well! It looks like you are having a great time and I can't wait to hear the stories when you get back. I love you and I am praying for you. See you soon!
Joe "The Ringer" Rhyne
Hello all, I hope all is well! I'm glad to see all the hard work and dedication within the group. I'm praying for everyone and wish for your safe return. On a side note, the Hibben men's softball team played a double header last night and we all had a great time. The score and our current standings will not be discussed at this time :) haha
Sara,Moody,Lindsay and Spencer
Dear Alicia, we love you so much. we hope your having a blast and helping lots of people. Cant wait till yall get back and tell us about your journey. Tell Jp we're having lots of fun without him. Love yall!
Allison Bare Moise
A special greeting to Davis and Sally from your Franklin, TN family. We continue to pray for you and the entire Hibben team throughout this week. You all and your entire congregation are certainly living the words of St. Francis Assisi, "Preach the gospel through all the earth and if necessary, use words." Blessings and peace. Allison
I love you and miss you. Don't kill Davis' new pet (the frog).
Go Crusaders! You are representing Christ's hands and feet well! To my prayer partners, Remember that God is using your experience to grow you and to share his love with all! 6 of us had a great time walking and sharing flyers and greetings for The Table on Saturday. Please keep those in prayer, that God will send to the gathering lunch, and allow Him to use Hibben as another beacon for Him, in the greater Mount Pleasant area. Love and Blessings to all, from Your Sister in Christ/Prayer partner.
So glad to see the photos and read the updates! Thinking about all of you and praying for you. I know God is using you each in amazing ways. Mom and Davis—love and miss you both! And Davis, did you mean to bring home a frog in your pants? Haha I can't wait to hear the story.
Emily Sweeney & Family
Thank you so much for the wonderful updates. It is a blessing for us back home to read about the inspiring presence you have there in Belize. May God continue to bless you and others on this mission to share your knowledge of God's love and strength. We miss you Alicia and JP! We can't wait to give you hugs and hear about your journey. We love you!
I miss you guys and hope you are enjoying your travels. I'm sure you are staying busy and making a huge impact. Paul and Hannah hung out with us on Father's Day, he must have been reallyyyyyy lonely to call us but I'm glad he did. We had a fun day but it would have been more fun with you both. Can't wait to see you and hear about your trip.
David and Debi Hand
Maybe third time is the charm... been watching you guys daily but having password issues. What a great photo of the team and it sounds like everyone jumped in with both feet to start work as you always do! We miss you guys and wish you blessings as you worship and work with the folks of Belize. After seeing the "Belize dump truck" i think we are going to switch to umbrellas and brooms here at work! Gotta love the inventiveness when in Belize! Be careful, have fun and be blessed!
We are praying that all goes well for you and the team this week in Belize. Grandpa and I are so proud of you.
gigi and cameron
hey jp and mom we went to the river yesterday and gigi wants to take us all we have been having fun and hope you have too. we have gone to the pool every day and wal-mart 3 times. got everything includeing a new flat screen tv for upstairs in the play room in the loft at the mountains.okay hope you have fuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnn
Alicia and JP, I hope everything is going well and you are getting a lot done. I checked in with Hannah's counselor yesterday and she is having a blast. can't wait to get you back home. JP- I'll have the go cart running by the time you get back. God Bless you and everyone on the trip
Alicia & JP- I hope you are having a great time. What an awesome opportunity to serve, savor every moment !!
Be encouraged! It is amazing the work you are getting done. Probably getting a little tired by now, praying for strength and energy. Jordan, special prayers for you!
Wow! You guys are busy bees, doing God's work! I am always amazed by how much you all are able to accomplish from the minute your feet hit the ground! Continuing to pray for God to work through you all in sharing His Love through you and in keeping everyone safe and healthy! Dylan is quite happy- he has a new phone w/unlimited text messaging! Betty, you may want to check on that.. He could go over your limit in about an hour, lol ;) Look forward to seeing you all soon! Love, Lacey
We are enjoying the updates. Sounds like all is well. We miss you very much, Jordan. We know you are having wonderful experiences and learning alot. So proud of you and what you are doing there in Belize. Things here are fine. We saw Wes the other day, and he says to say hi. Love and prayers!!!
How wonderful you all were able to do so much in the dental clinic today. That reminds me if something. Have you heard the story about the starfish? A man was throwing a live starfish back in the ocean to live. Someone asked why would he bother to do that because there are so many starfish that he couldn't possibly make a difference. The man explained that he did it because he "made a difference to that one.". That's what y'all are doing. On another note- Sumter got cornered in the yard around 10 tonight by a huge possum. I thought it was a raccoon. They were making all kinds of noise. Had the neighbor come over and take care of that- he was pretty excited about it. No worries, we are doing great! Enjoy making a difference.
Hey Cristian! Thought I'd drop you a line and let you know I'm thinking about you. It's great to see young people doing great things. Stay safe and I'll see you at the end of July. Bet you can't wait!
sounds like you all have had a most rewarding day. I am looingforward to your return home. miss my jesse
Ultrasound Friends in Tacoma, Washington
Glad to hear that all is well and the trip is a success! We will pray for your continued safety and that your presence there gives a positive message to the people you are helping. Please extend a special greeting and big hugs to Tracy and Dan!
We really enjoy getting the updates about everything that is going on with the team. You are all in my prayers and I know that you will be as blessed as the people you minister to. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. Can't wait to hear the story of the frog that travelled in Davis' pocket. Love and blessings to all.
Praying that you all are sensing God's presence all around you; in all your thoughts, in every one you speak to, in all you do, and especially in every member of the team. Love the updates and really feeling present in spirit. Thank you again for your willingness to serve and for representing so well.
Dropped Hannah off at camp yesterday and the house is really quiet. i think Winston is depressed. i am sure y'all are having a great experience. enjoy your time together helping people that are much less fortunate. can't wait to see you both on Saturday. JP - take care of your mama!
Hi, Cristian I'm so thrilled that I was included as a prayer partner of your team --I am so excited for you and I pray every night for your team's safe return. Please let all the others know I am very proud of all of you and will continue to pray for the HIbben missions. I love you!
Hi Cristian! Dad and I are very proud of you. We love you so much and hope you are having a wonderful time while helping others. Lexi, Sarah and Anna Grace are also praying for you! Dad says "shake that bear."See you soon. xoxoxo
Neal & Phyllis Moran
Mike and Jared - glad to hear that you arrived safely!.Hope all is going well. Work hard, but have fun, too. We love you!
Cool pictures! I wish I were there. Hope you're having fun.
Ron and Lucy Davison
Enjoyed reading the blog today and seeing your smiling faces. (although Jared doesn't look too happy) Sounds like you are keeping very busy and giving a lot of joy to the people of Belize. keep up the wonderful work. Webb Simpson, our Charlotte boy, won the US open. Take care!
To Tracy and Dan, So glad you made it safely. What a wonderful adventure God has you in. We are praying daily for you and all serving there with you. Looking forward to hearing all about your amazing trip when you return. The Lord richly BLESS you. Hugs and love In Christ to you both.
Glad to see you smiling faces. I know that God is already at work through you all. The people of Belize will be touched in an amazing way because of your willingness to serve. I will continue to pray for blessings in all that you do. To Sally and Davis, miss and love you both.
Alishia and JP we are missing you on the circle..However,I know the Lord has a wonderful plan for you this week.I can't wait to hear about it when you get home... We love you and we are praying for you!
For Davis & Sally! I'm glad y'all made it safely! I see Davis' tweets and it sounds like y'all are having a good time... I can't wait to hear about it soon!
jesse i miss you. love you lots / your mom
Hibben is excited to be serving in Belize through you! Praying constantly for you and those you are serving. Jim is continuing to recover from his surgery - wishes he was with you!
Praying for each of you! I hope you all have a wonderful experience sharing God's love to your new friends. Miss you , Jordan!! Grandma Gibbons said to tell you she loves you and she is very proud of you! Megan and dad miss you too! Lookiing forward to hearing stories!!
Happy father's day to all the dads and especially Craig and big Craig. So glad to see the nice photo of everyone- we've had one of our prettiest weekends in memory. Today the kids and I spent the afternoon at Madagascar 3 (even tho pretty weather) and we all loved it. I only slept the second 15 minutes of it. The kids and I pray for you all daily and hope you all have a safe and wonderful experience. I know you will work hard but I also know that no matter how hard you work, you will get out of this more than you can possibly give, and you will be better for it. Enjoy each day! See you soon!
Loving the group photo! So glad to see proof that you all made it safe and sound. I have been praying for the whole group - especially Pam and Jesse (my prayer partners) and all you crazy teenagers! We prayed for you tonight at UMYF and are so proud of the way you are representing Hibben. Jordan, I hope your hair has caused at least one riot so far. Keep up the good work.
Betty: Steve ®an and the kids safely arrived in Charlotte. Movers are expected @8am Monday. Have a good trip and help take of those dental problems :). see you Saturday.
Prayers for you all. Took care of your cofc stuff for you jesse.. we should be fine. Gamecocks beat the florida gators. that will make some happy and some sad. you all be safe and come home soon.
Lucy and Ron Davison
Mike and Jared, Glad to hear that you arrived safely. Looking forward to hearing all about your trip when you return. Love the new buzz cut! Oh, Tiger is in 14th place and five strokes behind going into the final round. Take care.
Mom GG pops
Miss you. We are proud. Take good care of your dad on Fathers Day. Love
Glad to see that everyone made it there safely! Have fun and tell everyone at Galilee I said hello. Hey Dad, Happy Fathers Day!
Randall and I were so gfad to know that you arrived safely and to see you picture with all the smiles and the pretty blue shirts. You are all in our prayers and also want to wish all the fathers a "Happy Father's Day." Carolina won last night against Florida in their first game in the Colege World Series. A special "love you" to Sally and Davis. Will be anxiously awaiting the next update. Blessings to all, Glenda
Glad to hear you all arrived safely. I miss you jesse. So do the puppies. Randy loved his card. CK group sends there hello's. especially goober. love you mom
Bill and Linda Yaeger
We hope the trip went well. Can't wait to hear how everything is going. You are in our prayers.
Lucy and Ron Davison
Safe travels to Mike and Jared Moran.
hoping that all arrive safely