Monday, September 01, 2014

Hope For Life

Last month a new ministry opened up here in Belize!
Hope Life is a Christian organization that is dedicated to offering love, emotional support, and material help to women who are faced with an unintended pregnancy.

The director/founder, Jadine Fritzler, worked with us at CDF and was one of the eight students who graduated from the two year course in Christian Counseling that Tom teaches at Belize Bible Center.

The Mayor, Simeon Lopez, and Deputy Mayor, Anna Banner Guy, were in attendance.

 Judy Vasquez, Director of Seeds of Life in Belize City

 The pastors in attendance prayed over all the board members and the center

 Mayor Lopez and Jadine cutting the ribbon

 Pastor Craig used these figures to explain pregnancy development to these little twins...

 They asked their mom if they were ever that little!!!

Josie, is one of the volunteer counselors for Hope For Life and is also one of Tom's counseling students! 

 Jadine being interviewed by Luis Wade of Plus TV, and by Brother Fem of My Refuge Christian Radio

The directors of the various pregnancy centers here in Belize. Margaret Robinson and Perla Chable of Seeds of Life in Benque, Jadine of Hope For Life in Belmopan, and Judy Vasquez of Seeds of Life in Belize City.
I took these photos at the Grand Opening & Dedication on August 14th. And the center opened it's doors to clients on Monday, August 18th. They are now open three days week; Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10-6.

Keep this ministry in your prayers. It is very much needed here in Belize! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Gift of Teamwork...

Do you work well with your spouse? 

There was a time when Tom and I tried to team teach back in California. We'd been married about 15 years or so. Though the talk went well...WE did not do so well...before or after. Let's just say there was weeping and gnashing of teeth involved. Thankfully, both of us have grown up a lot since then.

We've learned to work as a team over the past 9 years on the mission field. 

It came about slowly but surely. We've gained a greater respect for one another as the bond of partnership has strengthened throughout the years. 

Realizing that we are on the same team impacted our marriage and our ministry for the better.

This past weekend Tom and I spoke at a marriage seminar for Holy Ghost Church Esperanza. Tom made the initial outline for the talk and I added in details where it seemed appropriate. Tom's idea was to tell our story as a couple and based on our story we could then share some principles of Effective and Ineffective Communication. For example, Tom wrote about appreciating how well I listen to him when he talks so I was able to give some pointers on being a good listener. As we progressed through our story we were able to incorporate what we've learned about healthy communication throughout our 32 years of marriage. We felt comfortable speaking together and answering questions for the couples who attended.

Pastor Matthias Hill of Holy Ghost Church Esperanza and his wife Oneida.

Pastor Ian Sangster doing the opening remarks and prayer

Pastor Sarah Vasquez doing the icebreakers

 Mrs. Jane Martinez doing the giveaways!

Miss Verlie Lamb dancing to Bless the Broken Road

Mr. Jason Twist speaking on Finding your Ministry & Supporting your Spouse in Ministry

crowd shot by Mrs Jane Martinez

What an incredible blessing to witness all these couples giving up a Saturday to invest in their marriages and families. And Tom and I came away praising God for the precious gift of teamwork! 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Thought for Today

The desire to praise God comes from the depth of our relationship with Him. It's not about religion. It's not meant to be an act of duty.  It should flow from a heart filled with love, gratitude, and reverence for Who He is and all that He is. Dig into the Word for yourself and discover Who He is. Take time to get to know Him. Draw near to Him, seek Him, and He will reveal Himself to you. And you will find Him worthy of all praise, glory, and honor!

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Back to class

The counseling classes are in full swing again. We had 19 students in class today. It is so exciting to see people learning and growing personally. It's such a joy to know how many lives can be changed through these students as they reach out to help others.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Baptism highlights...

Last Sunday we had 10 people get baptized out at the Palacio family farm. 
Here are a few memories from that beautiful day!

Afterwards we had a barbecue and there was plenty of time for swimming in the creek.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bloom where you're planted!

As I was pulling into our driveway this little flower caught my eye. Tucked into the rocks but still growing. What a metaphor for life. The setting for this flower is not ideal and yet it is blooming. Have you ever been in a tough spot like this before? I know I have. And somehow, some way, in His timing, by His grace, and in His strength, we survive. This is the secret Paul talks about in Philippians 4. And like Paul we can learn to thrive under less than perfect conditions through the lessons God provides. We find a way to adapt to our environment and we move forward.

Next time I'm feeling like I'm in a jam I will think of this flower and use it as inspiration to bloom!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Catching up...

I'm so far behind with giving updates on our work and life here. Please forgive me. It's been a bit hectic lately. Here are a few snapshots of what we've been up to!

Tom and I had a fun night celebrating with other couples at a dinner on Valentine's Day.

Our church is in it's new building and we're growing!

Tom and I are enjoying getting to know Pastor Han and Sarah. 

Sarah prepared a wonderful Korean dinner for us.
 Bulgogi, kimchi, potato pancakes, tofu, served with rice & veggies.

CDF had it's annual Women's Conference

A new counseling class is in session

We got to deliver shoes, socks, and underwear to needy kids

And all of that was just in the past few weeks!!