Fellowship Reformed Church | Belize

| July 10 to July 17, 2011

Local Host:
Staff: Rob Graham


Trip Journal Updates


We are Here!
by Leah and Bethany | July 10, 2011
Hello all! We have arrived safe and sound here in Belize! We are so excited for this week to begin and get to see what the Lord has in store. Thank you all for your prayers!


Praising God through the storm
by Leah | July 12, 2011
God is forever faithful! We are pushing through the rain and God is blessing us every second of every day. We are having a blast here in Belmopan, Belize. VBS is so much fun and the kids are having a blast. God has allowed us to begin our service project working on the pastors house and in spite of the rain we are getting done on God's time. Thank you so much for all your prayers and for your encouragement. We cant wait to share with you all that God has been doing for us. God Bless you!


VBS Highlights
by Eric R. | July 12, 2011
VBS at Belmopan Nazarene Church has been a blast! Despite the rain, we had over 50 children come out on Monday afternoon and had even more show up today. We have sang songs, made crafts, played games like "don't let the balloon touch the ground" with the small children, had a puppet show, and shared Bible stories. Seeing the smiles on the children's faces has been such a blessing and we look forward to seeing more children as the week continues!


Puppet Show
by Eric R. | July 12, 2011
Here you can see our fantastic puppeteers entertaining the children during the VBS at Belmopan Nazarene Church. They loved it!


Updates from Cotton Tree!
by Bethany R. | July 12, 2011
Things are going great with the group working at Cotton Tree Nazarene! We have made progress on our service projects, getting a chance today to move some dirt and dig a trench for what will soon be a new fence. We have also had two fantastic days of VBS, with over 100 kids participating each day!

Keep checking back for more updates, including pictures from the service projects at both Belmopan Nazarene Church and Cotton Tree Nazarene!


Cotton Tree Service Projects
by Bethany R. | July 13, 2011
Today has been quite a successful day for those of us in Cotton Tree! With the rain finally holding off, we were able to start on the cement work at two of the sites. We completed a header beam around an entire house and we mixed all of the concrete by hand! It was for sure hard and intense work, but we are filled with joy being able to help another in need.

We had many children at VBS again today and we are already finding ourselves becoming attached. Please keep us in your prayers!


Cotton Tree Cement Work
by Bethany R. | July 13, 2011
Another shot of the kids mixing cement by hand.


Belmopan Staying Busy!
by Bethany R. | July 13, 2011
In Belmopan things are staying crazy busy! After having some breakfast we got to Pastor Magana's home and began painting. In spite of the rain, we got the majority of it finished! Praise the Lord!


VBS in Belmopan
by Bethany R. | July 13, 2011
VBS was so wonderful again today! The kids really enjoyed the crafts of Play-Doh, coloring and making cards. Please join us in lifting up these children in prayer as we minister to them this week.


Xunantunich Recreation!
by Bethany R. | July 14, 2011
Today we took some time to ourselves for recreation! We visited the Mayan Ruins at Xunantunich, Belize. These ruins showcase the biggest temples, altars and ball-courts in all of the sites in Belize. We loved getting to see such a historical site and imagining how the people lived back then. Did you know at the height of the Mayan civilization, the population of Belize was over 3 million people? That's 10 times as many people as there is in the country today!

We also loved getting to see more of the rainforest and many different animals and wildlife. But quite possibly the best part was getting to the top of the largest temple and looking down on Guatemala. It was impressive to see the beautiful land our Lord has blessed us with!

We then ate a quick lunch and headed to our site to kick off VBS for the evening. Thank you all for your prayers, we can feel them at work!


Hospital and Orphanage
by Bethany R. | July 15, 2011
After a day of recreation we were well rested and excited for a day of ministry!n Our Belmopan group got to go to Belmopan General Hospital and the Belmopan Children's Orphanage. It was an amazing experience to see these institutions in another country and how they work.

We got to prayer over many different families and individuals at the hospital. We ask that you be in prayer for Ruth, a young lady who is 5 months pregnant and was cut across the stomach with a knife. She is in recovery, but is in need of prayer.

We also got to play with the children at the orphanage which was an incredible blessing and was so much fun! They were so excited to see us and to get to play with us. It was so hard to say goodbye to the children... it is amazing how much you can love a child with just 45 minutes with them


Hospital and Orphanage
by Bethany R. | July 15, 2011
After a day of recreation we were well rested and excited for a day of ministry!n Our Belmopan group got to go to Belmopan General Hospital and the Belmopan Children's Orphanage. It was an amazing experience to see these institutions in another country and how they work.

We got to prayer over many different families and individuals at the hospital. We ask that you be in prayer for Ruth, a young lady who is 5 months pregnant and was cut across the stomach with a knife. She is in recovery, but is in need of prayer.

We also got to play with the children at the orphanage which was an incredible blessing and was so much fun! They were so excited to see us and to get to play with us. It was so hard to say goodbye to the children... it is amazing how much you can love a child with just 45 minutes with them


Last day of VBS
by Bethany R. | July 15, 2011
Today was also our last day with the kids at VBS. It was so difficult to say goodbye to them, knowing we will probably not see them again. After many tears and long hugs, we said goodbye. We are amazed at how the Lord used these kids to show us His love this week. Their smiles will be something we will never forget.


Concrete Work is Done!
by Bethany R. | July 15, 2011
For our Cotton Tree group, the hard labor is over! We finished up the concrete foundation this morning after 2 days of long, hard manual labor. After finishing the site, we circled up and prayed over the home that was being built there, that our foundation would be the catalyst for a home built out of love, that Christ would be shown through our actions and that the family that would one day live there would be blessed in their lives together.

We are so thankful for being given the opportunity to experience building a Belizean home. Its vast contrast to homes in the states was a humbling experience to be a part of. We thank you all for keeping us in your prayers as no one was injured on our sites. Praise the Lord!


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Comments


Grandpa & Grandma Boer

What a wonderful thing it is to be the hands and voice of the Lord to the believers in Belize! We pray that God work's his will in and through you. Love you, Hannah, and can't wait to hear all about your trip.


Mical and Jennifer Pugh

Daniel and team, Glad to hear the good reports and can't wait to hear the stories about how you saw God at work while you were there. We love you and are praying for you!


Jill and Chris Longstreet

Praying for all of you today as you say goodbye to these kids that you've been with all week in VBS. So proud of all of you that you were willing to be used by God to be a light to them and to the others you came into contact with. Praying for a great day tomorrow snorkeling and safe travels home. Can't wait to here all the details.


Kathy Huyser

Glad to see all the work you are accomplishing. Fun to see you spreading God's word to kids in the are! Praying you have a fun day snorkeling! Also, praying for a smooth safe flight home. Love you Ashley!


Susan,Noelle,Jeremiah,Paige

Hello there! Its so fun to see the postings of all of you in Belize. Praying that God will continue to give you health and safety in the days ahead. Thankyou for serving HIS Kingdom! We love you dad!! Cant wait to see you.


Kara Tacoma

I can't wait to hear all about the experiences you have had Bethany this week. I know that God has done a good work through you and the entire group. Praying that your last day "working" is great. Have a safe trip home. Miss you and love you lots! Mom


Papa and Grandma V K

Hi Bethany, The week has gone by so quickly! We have been and will be praying that the Lord will use all of you to share Christ's love in some unique and special ways. We pray you will also receive blessings from the folks you share with there. With Love....we'll see you soon! Papa and Grandma V K


KELLY AND SUE

WE ARE GLAD THAT GOD IS WORKING MIRACLES THIS WEEK AND YOU THROUGH GOD ARE AFFECTING OTHERS LIVES. KEEP IT UP AND BE THAT LIGHT TO THE WORLD. WE ARE PRAYING FOR EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY. SEE YOIU SOON


Brittany Boom

Hey Bri! Brinley and I love you and miss you tons! We are doing good, we can wait to share about our week with you and hear all about yours! Praying that God is working in and through all of you! Love you! Can't wait to see you in a few days! Keep working for His Kingdom! We are so proud of you!


Allyson Victory

Casey Nicole Devries! I miss you more than anything! I am sure you are having the time of your life showing God to those little kids. You were an amazing VBS teacher with me so I'm sure you are rockin it in Belize! Be safe and come home to me ASAP :) Love you so much and Brian you better let her see this haha! Miss you girl!


Dawn Massom

So good to see pictures of everyone. Hope you are all doing well. We can't wait to hear all about your trip! May God continue to bless you all and everything that you are doing.


Uncle Curt, Aunt Kim, Chad and Travis

Aubrey and Kaleigh - I hope you have a good time in Belize. Have a safe time while you are there, and on your trip home. We are all proud of what you are doing. Continue being a blessing as you spread God's Word. May you feel His strength, power and presence in all you say and do.


Grandma and Grandpa Longstreet

It's a great way to communicate with you on your trip, Aubrey. Hope you are having a good time. We asked prayers for you and the team at Falmouth Church in Aetna by our cabin. Keep working hard and go forth blessed to be a blessing. We love you.


bob boom

hey bud, holding your daughter!!!!! no worries here she is in good hands. hope things are going well there despite the rain. love ya


Jake Cammenga

Looks like you all are having a fabulous time in a beautiful corner of God's creation! Can't wait to hear all of your stories of how the Great Creator has worked in your life and the lives of everyone you've come in contact with! May you never forget your time spent in Belize this week. "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father or our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15: 5 - 6


John & Sheryl Nauta

Biz, It's great seeing you serving so wonderfully in Christ's Name! Mom and I pray for you and the whole team from FRC and Fairhaven each and every day. We are also praying for those you come in contact with each day that the love of Christ may be reflected through you to them. Keep serving with an open heart!!! (PS: remember Phil. 4:6-7). Love you!!!!


Grandma Grasman

Love the pics, praying for you and the team


Ken and Lin Blauwkamp

How great to see a photo of all of you!! Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, Carol, Megan, and the rest of the team from Fair Haven and Fellowship. We pray that this trip will be a blessing to you and to those you are serving. Take care and be safe. Love, Uncle Ken and Aunt Linda


Cyndy Kopp

Jeff Massom, Dad & iI are praying for all of you every day despite the rain it sounds like things are going well Talked to Dawnwhen they were in the van on the way to Kims cant wait to hear all the news when you get back Lo ya :)


Grandpa and Grandma Talsma

Thanks for the great pictures and updates. We are praying for you MacKenzie and your whole group. We can't wait to hear all about what God is doing in Belize. We serve a mighty God. Have a wonderful week and be safe. Love you, G&G


Dennis & Lori McCrum

I spy Michael Heybor in the 'Puppet Show' entry!! Looks like a blast! Love all the pictures!


Grandpa & Grandma Lanning

Casey, Enjoy the experience fully. God will use you there and teach you new things about Him in that culture. Stay safe and call when you get back.


Amy DeVries

Yay that you made it safely!! We miss you already Casey....embrace every moment!! Praying for you all!!


Grandpa & Grandma Vander Meer

Kaleigh, this is great that we can communicate with you. We too have been praying for you that you will have a very positive influence with your VBS. We will be keeping you in our prayers the rest of the week. Be safe and have a wonderful time.


Dennis & Lori McCrum

Hey Fellowship/FairHaven Team! Day 2 already! Praying for you all; for God's blessing of good health, for restful, peaceful nights, for a deepened love for Him,and for the Holy Spirit to be at work in all of you as you enter into His divine appointments with those in Belize!


Tim & Terri Boer

Glad you made it there safely. Praying God will use you to touch many lives and touch each of you in a special way. Hope you are all having a great time!


Troy and Pam

Glad to hear that the trip went well and see the picture of your smiling faces :) Here's praying that your week goes as well at your trip to get to Belize.


Scott and Julie

Thank you for posting the picture! You know us parents, we love to see our kids:) We are praying for each and every one of you. May God bless many people through you (and you) this week!


Rich and Margaret Applebee

Such a wonderful photo -- thanks for sharing! What an impact all of you will make!! Our prayers continue for you -- for blessing, joy, protection and God's best!


Jill VanderLoon

Happy to hear all is well and you arrived safe and sound.


Julie Matzke

Thanks for sharing the beautiful picture of all of you. PTL for a safe trip to Belize. God is going to do incredible things through you and for each of you this week. Blessings and blessings to you ~


Pete Vredeveld

Marissa and Team, I am praying for you guys. Enjoy your time and the opportunity to help others. These are the memories you will keep with you forever. Baby, I miss you already. Love, Dad


Brian and Kara Tacoma

What a great looking group! So glad you made it safely. We are praying for you all and know that you will bless many and be blessed in return. Looking forward to more updates on the journal with your experiences. Blessings!


Tricia Vredeveld

So glad you made it safe. The picture is so cool. May you all be blessed at What God has planned for you and the people you meet.


Gail Anderson

So happy to see the whole group and thankful for safe arrival. Will be continuing to pray for a powerful, Spirit-filled experience for the group and those they serve.


Dale and Leslie Cammenga

Glad to see you made it safe and sound. We have been praying for you non-stop. Love the picture and all the smiling faces. May God rain down his very best blessings on you as you bless others.


Anne Richards

So happy to see the picture and know that you made it safely. Let God shine in all that you do this week.


Shirley Huizenga

Thankful you all arrived safely. Nice picture! Work hard!


John and Sheryl Nauta

Glad to see that you made it safe and sound. It was a great surprise to see a picture up already and that everyone is smiling. We wil be thinking of you all and praying for a wonderful God filled week.


Lyndon and Kimberly Blauwkamp

Hurray! So happy to hear that you all arrived safely. What a wonderful picture of everyone together. We are praying that your "little light" shines brightly to all you meet.


Angela Ripley

So glad to see the picture and all of your smiling faces! Sending my prayers that you have an awesome week of touching lives!


Jill and Chris Longstreet

Love the group picture! Been paying for all of you all day. Happy to here that you arrived safely. We're so excited to see how God will use you this week.


Shelli Huizenga

Glad you got there safe and sound. Have a glorious week sharing both your's and God's love.


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