Belize 2018 Field Updates.

Follow along as breaking news comes from First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church Youth missionaries in Belize:

Saturday, July 21, 2018

This has been a phenomenal week! Vacation Bible School ended with a record breaking crowd yesterday. One of the goals of this trip was for our youth to develop relationships with youth in another country in a different culture. Yesterday afternoon, our camp was a place of laughter, joy, and friendship. When it was time to go, no one wanted to say goodbye.

There were tears as we said goodbye to our wonderful cooks who have provided for us as a grandmother would provide for her grandchildren. We were very surprised last night when Pastor David and several of the young people came to the camp and said they had an announcement to make. Pastor David told us– what a difference this week had made in the life of this church. He talked about how grateful they were for our coming Then they presented us with gifts I was overwhelmed. I told our group that I had been going on mission trips since I was in high school but never had an experienced such a genuine display of gratitude

We are leaving this morning and going to beautiful South Water Caye. There is no electricity on this little island and there is no Wi-Fi either. That means we will be out of touch until Monday.

We are having trouble with one of our vans and it is out of commission. We are leaving most of our luggage at the camp and the van should be repaired sometime later today. We will pick it up on the way to the airport Monday. Say a little prayer that it will start!

We can’t wait to get back home and share the wonderful stories of how lives have been changed in Belize. The greatest thing is we have seen our lives change.

I will send you messages on Monday and update you on our progress as we head home

Thank you for all your love and support

Ray


Friday, July 20, 2018

Wow! I think we doubled our attendance today in Bible School. Our youth and leaders were more than equal to the challenge. When I announced that tomorrow will be the final day of Bible School there was a loud groan. The children don’t want us to leave!

We took the youth to Spanish Lookout this afternoon (the Mennonite settlement) to get ice cream.

Tomorrow afternoon we are welcoming all the youth from Belmopan Baptist to the camp for a cookout.

If I still have WiFi I’ll send more pictures

This is such a tremendous group of youth. We love being with them!!!

Ray

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I hope you enjoy the pictures. Our youth continue to amaze me with their commitment and dedication. Several are already saying they are dreading saying goodbye to these precious children

I will continue to keep you updated. Just know that your youth and adult leaders are making you proud in Belize as they share God’s love and grace. They are giving “All For Jesus!”

Ray


Wednesday, July 18, 2018
We had a tremendous day in Bible School! Many more children attended today to hear about Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. From the Bible Class where the children blew “trumpets “ and marched around the class seven times, to the refreshments where the children built a wall out of Graham Crackers and Peanut Butter, to the crafts where they made a wall and wrote things on it that gave them courage, to the music class where the children raised the roof singing “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho” it was a fantastic theme.

Our youth are doing such a great job with their leadership. I can’t say enough good things about them. They are a joy to be with. It makes me proud to be their minister.

We went to the Mayan Ruins this afternoon. Everyone enjoyed it and we learned a lot. We have another busy day tomorrow.

I will keep you posted. Things are great in Belize

Ray


Tuesday, July 17, 2018 update.

We have a very weak WiFi connection. I tried sending some more pictures but couldn’t.

I’m sending this message from my phone to let you know we had a great beginning to VBS. The numbers were down due to morning rain, but the children were enthusiastic. One of the best things we have experienced is working with the Belmopan youth. They have a great youth leader who has been wonderful to work with in preparing for Bible school.

Yesterday afternoon we took our group to the Baboon Sanctuary where they learned about jungle plants and watched howler monkeys descend from the trees.

Everyone is still sleeping as I write this. I’m on my way to pick up our cooks. We feel your prayers as we prepare for another great day on the mission field in Belize

Ray

Looking good!


Monday, July 16, 2018 update.

Fry Jacks Breakfast!

Craft Team!

Bible Team!

Music Team!

Recreation Team!

This Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Dear FBC Friends,

Our Belize Mission Team (33 strong) will be leading in worship this Sunday at the Belmopan Baptist Church.  Meagan and I both will be with our youth for this life-changing mission experience.

You will be in for a treat the next two Sundays.  This Sunday, July 15, Tommy Wilson returns to the FBC pulpit.  Tommy’s sermon is “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil.”  The Scripture passages are Amos 5: 12-24 and Romans 12: 9-21.  The choir will sing the powerful anthem, “Eternal Life.”

Dr. Bill Blackerby will provide the pre-service music!   Jen Fuller-Allen will lead the Children’s Time this Sunday and next.  It should be an outstanding Sunday and I hope you will be in attendance to welcome Tommy and Sandra back to FBC.

Ray Nance Howell IV will preach on July 22.  His sermon is based on Mark 2: 1-12, the exciting story of the four friends who stopped at nothing to bring their friend to Jesus.  This Bible story is also our focus in Bible School on Wednesday in Belize.  Ray Nance will be talking about bringing others into the presence of Christ.  He says, “The paralytic story invites us in by Jesus’ response to them tearing the roof off.  “When he had seen THEIR faith…”  We are called into the story.  We are the “they.”

The choir will sing a classic, “Bless the Lord” by Beethoven in an   arrangement by Hal Hopson.  Billie Warren and Peggy Barnhardt will be providing the pre-service music.

We will return from Belize on July 23.  I know you will have the mission team in your daily prayers.

If you cannot attend Sunday’s services in person, you can always tune in to WLXN (1440 AM or 99.9 FM)   We are happy to report that online streaming is available once again on the Magic 99 website.

I look forward to seeing everyone when we return from our Belize Mission.

Grace and Peace,

Ray

 

P.S. FBC’s Collection for the Children

School supplies for children in the City of Lexington and Davidson County that are living in poverty. You may shop for needed items or make a financial contribution.

Three-ring binders with individual subject dividers

Ruled composition books

Wide-college ruled notebook paper

No. 2 pencils

Glue sticks

Crayons, 24-count

Washable markers

Colored pencils

Flat pencil pouches

Collection boxes are located by the Fellowship Hall and upstairs by the office.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Vacation Bible School

Mark your calendars for VBS! From July 30th to August 2nd, 2018, we will journey with Daniel and his friends into Babylon.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

If you are interested in volunteering – please contact Meagan.

See the sneak preview below:

In case you missed past VBS action at FBC, take a look at the fun:

Belize Mission Supplies Needed

We are collecting supplies for the Youth Mission trip to Belize, July 14th – 23rd, 2018.

We need soccer balls, bean bags (any color), sidewalk chalk, tennis balls, Nerf balls, and 4 oz. bottles of bubbles.

A collection box is located in the the downstairs lobby.

Please help us prepare for this important mission.

Meagan Smith Ordination on April 14, 2018

You are cordially invited to attend the ordination of Associate Minister Meagan Smith into the Gospel Ministry on Saturday afternoon, April14, at 3 p.m. in our sanctuary.

A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall.

Walk, Run, Ride on April 14, 2018

Join the FBC Walk Team for the annual Cancer Services 5K Walk on Saturday morning, April 14 at DCCC.

There is a $30 registration fee that includes a T-Shirt and food, but most importantly it gives cancer patients hope for life!

Forms are available in the church office.

144 Challenge – Money Tree Fundraiser

Help support our youth as they travel to Belize this summer by participating in the 144 Challenge! There are envelope trees in the sanctuary and fellowship hall with envelopes numbered from 1 to 144. Please consider taking an envelope with an amount you are able to give.

What’s your number?

A “Meager Meal” on February 14th, 2018

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. It is also Ash Wednesday.

We will observe this most significant day with a “Meager Meal.” Reservations can be made as you normally do for Wednesday night meals. We will not charge for the meal but will ask for donations for the Dragonfly House.

The meal will consist of Pinto Beans, Greens, Onions, Pickles, and Cornbread. Following the meal we will have an intergenerational family discussion on love followed by a brief Ash Wednesday service.

Touching Davidson County with Love.

VBS 2018 Volunteers Needed

It is time to start thinking about VBS!

If you are interested in serving on the planning team, please let Meagan know.

We will plan to have our first VBS Planning Meeting in February.