March 2016 CBFNC – Belize Missions

March 2016 Newsletter on CBFNC-Belize Missions

The partnership between the Baptist Association of Belize and CBFNC has continued with cooperation among teams and agencies and among churches in construction, education, spiritual development and economic development projects.  One cooperative activity came to an end during this year; the Baptist Bible School of Belize (BBSB) held its final set of classes in May and last graduation in October.

The BBSB held its first session in January of 2006 with Dennis Hipp, Bob Lamb and Antolino Flores as its leaders and with six students in attendance.  Many of your churches have given scholarships to one or more of the fifty plus students who attended at least one of the sessions offered for a week – three each year.  Over thirty students have received their diplomas—three of the last four doing a marathon of six courses in six days at the final session in May.  Thanks to Rev. Susan Pasour, state side leader of the BBSB, and to all who sent money and all who taught.  The impact of this school will continue to be felt as pastors use training they received, as laymen have become pastors and as laypersons are more educated teachers and participants in their churches.

A cooperative project that several of our churches have worked on is expanding.  The main building of the Santa Elena Baptist Primary School was dedicated this past August.  This year Rev. Hal Melton and  Trinity Baptist Church of Raleigh have been back there with a construction team working on two additional classrooms for preschool children who currently meet at the Santa Elena Baptist Church.  Money has been sent by Trinity and CBFNC to provide materials used by the Santa Elena Church and by Trinity.  Hal says that more money for pouring the roof and a team to “run electric wiring, and hang lights and fans” will be needed.  This may be a place where your church would like to make a donation for building materials or take a team to work.  If so, contact Hal at:  hmelton@tbcraleigh.com

Other projects, in addition to construction at the Santa Elena Baptist Primary School, included work by a group of students and faculty from Meredith College who helped by providing books and setting up  a library for the school.  They also provided librarian training “as well as tutoring and teacher training in a reading program called Motheread”.  (participant Amy Wilson)

The Meredith College team worked with a number of other agencies to provide “training for caregivers of children’s homes, videography with the purpose of providing promotional materials for Belize’s child welfare department, and training of local businessmen in principles to enhance their existing programs.”  (participant Amy Wilson)  Most of these agencies were in Belmopan.

Trinity Baptist, Raleigh and six members from Emerywood Baptist, and teams from FBC Clinton and Bladenboro Baptist worked on another construction project in 2015—building a new sanctuary for Sand Hill Baptist Church.  In August, Trinity “put on the metal roofing/flashing to connect the new Sand Hill sanctuary to the original building.”  The original sanctuary will become classroom and weekday preschool space.

A different type of construction project was completed by the twelfth annual mission team from FBC Marion.  They partnered with Belmopan Baptist High School and the Rotary Club of Marion to work on a sheep training program for the school.  This involved building a sheep barn and fencing approximately four acres.  Rev. Scott Hagaman, pastor of FBC Marion writes that “Arrangements are now being made to acquire sheep for the program.”

Julie and Eric Maas have been a great part of God’s work in Belize as they have worked as directors of the Baptist Training Center.  As they leave the camp to work with Young Life in Belize, we will miss all the wonderful modelling and help they have provided teams and the Baptist Bible School of Belize.  They will still be in Belize and will continue their work with many groups there.  They have been instrumental in working with the anti-trafficking organization, Child Development Foundation, to raise funds and get teams to work on Belize’s first Rescue Home, the Gomer House. If you are interested in working on this project, contact the Maases: jamseekservesave(at)gmail.com.

Since last May, the Maases have worked with Erica, a CBF Student Go intern. Erica’s internship will end this May.   Julie writes that “She’s been working with the Child Development Foundation in parent education and has been doing bibliotherapy with another ministry called Pathlight.”

I have some feeling of sadness with the resignation of the Maases as the directors of the Baptist Training Center and with the closing of the Baptist Bible School of Belize (BBSB).  Both have been a vital part of ministry in Belize.  If you are interested in serving as interim directors or as full-time directors of the Baptist Training Center, please contact Rev. Ray Howell, at First Baptist Lexington.  The email address is  ray@fbclex.org.

The needs of the Baptist Association of Belize for schools and churches, for training, for medical and  dental assistance and for economic and spiritual growth of its members are among those we partner to meet.  From the work reported, you can see the diversity of projects for meeting these needs.  You can also see the many types of partnerships with a variety of organizations and among various churches.  These  experiences are enriching for North Carolina teams as well as Belizeans.  Some of the work done in the past year is noted below—a mere statement of work that does little to encapsulate the growth and benefits of God’s kingdom among participants.

Work From March 2015 through February 2016
May—Meredith College students and faculty did Crisis Care training with caregivers of children’s homes, provided books & training for a library at Santa Elena Baptist Primary School and much more.

June—Ardmore BC.

July—FBC Clinton did construction at Sand Hill Baptist Church.

July—Oakmont BC team led a summer camp and Bible study at Marla’s House of Hope.

Aug—FBC and FUMC Lexington youth worked with youth of Belmopan Baptist Church to provide VBS.  The youth developed the curriculum from the topic given by Belmopan Baptist Church.

August—Trinity BC Raleigh and Emerywood did construction at Sand Hill Baptist Church.

November—Oakmont BC did construction at the Gomer House—putting the walls and roof on the administration building and chapel.

January—Trinity BC Raleigh built the concrete block walls/lentils for one of two additional rooms at Santa Elena Baptist Primary School.

February—FBC Marion held medical clinics at Camalote Baptist Church, King’s Children’s  Home,  New Jerusalem Baptist Church and in Armenia and La Gracia; and they constructed a sheep barn and fencing for a sheep training program at Belmopan Baptist High School.

Plans through 2016
August 12-20
Trinity BC, Raleigh
Construction at Santa Elena Baptist School

Nov 12-19
Oakmont BC
Construction at the Gomer House

Reported by Brenda Hipp.

2015 A Year end Review

2015!  What a year of Ministry…to the community, to the nation and to the world!  See some of the the best of “FBC in action”!

Love, peace and grace,   –FBC

Belize Mission Team Returns Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This week twenty nine youth and adults have been leading a Vacation Bible School
along with the youth and adults of the Belmopan Baptist Church. Today our youth are
assisting in the worship service at The church. Following a few days of adventure and
relaxing they will return late Wednesday. Continue to pray for an enriching experience
and safe travels. We look forward to next Sunday and hearing more about the trip.

Belize Field Journal 2015

Day 9:  We had a great day yesterday.    Grilled 75 hamburgers and had delicious watermelon.   The Youth from Belmopan had a wonderful time.  Waiting for power to go off.  Our youth are ready for worship this morning.

Day 8:  We have had a fantastic week in Belize.  I can’t say enough good things about our youth.   They have been phenomenal!   Bible School was a big success.   The youth have some powerful experiences to share.   Grayson went to the children’s home yesterday to take the sports equipment. It was an experience he will never forget.image(1)

  Today we are hosting the Belize youth for a day long celebration.   We have been asked to lead the worship service tomorrow at Belmopan Baptist.  The youth will be singing and speaking and I will be preaching in the morning.
    We celebrated Emerson’s and Carol’s birthdays yesterday.   The is nothing like a Belizean birthday!
  Working with FUMC has been a great experience.     All of our kids have bonded and can’t wait to continue working together when we get home.  We have talked a great deal about plans for the school year and everyone is excited about senior high youth!
  This may be my last email.   The electricity will be off tomorrow.   Monday we go to the island where we have no connection by phone or email.   In the event of an emergency contact Pelican Beach Resort in Dangriga.
      This trip has exceeded all expectations.   God has richly blessed us all.

 

Day 7: Great day in Belize yesterday.  We visited the Mayan ruins which is a great image(2)highlight.   Today is the last day of VBS.   Our numbers have grown each day.  Working with FUMC has been a great, positive experience.   The kids have been great and have bonded very well.  They are already planning ways to work together when we get back home.

Day 6:  image_2image_1image

Day 5: image

Day 4:   Another great day in Belize!   Our numbers in Bible School increased again this morning and we were officially informed that they want us to lead the worship service this Sunday.   We went to see the Howler Monkeys this afternoon.  We go into the very heart of the rain forest and our guide “calls” the monkeys down from the trees.  It is an incredible experience the kids will never forget.

These young people are phenomenal.  They are working so well together and demonstrating exceptional leadership.   They are all well and having a fantastic time.

We are grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with them.  Tomorrow we visit Mayan Ruins

Day 3:  The kids had an amazing experience this afternoon as we went cave tubing.  We explored one of the most incredible cave systems in Belize. The kids were able to jump off an underground cliff inside the cave into the cold water below. It was an experience they will never forget. Bible School went much better today.    Everyone is having a great time in Belize.

Day 2:   Belmopan is the capital city of Belize but there were no eggs to be found on Monday, August 3.  There was Bible School in Belmopan. Lee and I had to leave to go to Belize City to get his bag, but not to worry–our youth took over and by the end of the day the children were so excited they couldn’t wait to come back tomorrow. The kitchen crew is busy getting ready for dinner tonight.  The kids are resting.   We saw a rainbow this morning that was a simple confirmation God is blessing us.  Everyone is healthy.  All is good.

Day 1:   The group landed early in Belize and after a great lunch at Cheers we arrived at image_1the camp about 3:00 pm.  The only glitch is that LMabe’s suitcase is still at the airport–we hope!   We find out in the morning.  Everyone is tired but very happy to be here.  Bible School begins in the morning.

Our mission shirt is already hanging at Cheers!image

Belize Team Departs 2015 venture

A group of 29 youth and adults from First Baptist Church and First United Methodist  Church departed First Baptist at 2:00 a.m. this morning for their  mission trip to Belize.

Please be in prayer for their safety and success as they share their love and faith this week.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 Lunch

Eric and Julie Maas are our CBF Missionaries in Belize. They serve as Camp Directors for the Baptist Training Center that our church helped to start 25 years ago. Eric and Julie will be our guests Sunday, July 12.

We are having a lunch with Eric and Julie following the service at Tricia’s Catering. Everyone is invited to attend. Tickets are $14.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 10 and under. Tickets (available in the church office) must be purchased by Sunday, July 5 and checks made to Tricia’s Catering.