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Date and Time Posted: Tuesday July 23, 2019 - 9:44:08 am
Psalm 13:5 KJV
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
A simple word - salvation - a simple concept that all a sinner has to do is to accept their spiritual situation, that they are sinners in need of salvation; to believe that Jesus Christ died for them to pay the debt for their sins; and to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. This day became the “first day” of the Christian lives of three Belizeans as our teams were privileged to bring the message of salvation to the lost in Belize.
The day began as a clear, very warm, humid day, and as we were soon to find out, the hottest day of our mission thus far. The Tea began with a breakfast of “filled fried jacks,” with fillings of cheese and chicken as an option. As with the other days, the team again used both vehicles, and split - with some going to the church to prepare for village evangelism, and others proceeded to pick up materials, and drop the construction crew off at the church. Today was a second day of village evangelism/village feeding, and the team members were anxious to get out into the village with their materials. Two groups were formed, with two guides/translators from the congregation, and they set out on this warm morning. Among the ones to be “served” today was a widow living alone, shelling corn to grind and make tortillas. There were families with six children, in need of food, and families having a variety of needs, the Teams diligently provided toys to the children; clothes to the children; beans and rice to the mothers; candy to all; while at the same time stressing the need of salvation. Each group was able to have prayer with the individuals and families that we ministered to. As one gentlemen stated, after introductions, that “you are my amigos.” The answer to a general question of “Are You Christian?” Frequently resulted in “I Go To Church,” but that is not the correct answer, for churches in the world, especially in America, are filled with churchgoers who do not know Christ as Savior. We were fortunate in that both groups were able to tell the message of Christ, and have respondents that accepted Christ as Savior! Three precious souls became Christians today, and there was rejoicing in Heaven!
After a good lunch of chicken and pizza, the team again returned to the church to continue construction, as well as evangelism. The afternoon was very humid, and the groups were successful in meeting the physical needs. The construction group continued to progress, installing switches, electrical outlets, wiring, and finally started installing boxes for the overhead fan/light units. Pastor Larry Browder and I met with Andy Reyes to discuss the future projects for the church - installation of 12x12 tile flooring in the large church (estimated $6000 US for the materials), and construction of bathrooms and a shower for the church. I am sure that God will touch those in the US to continue to help this church develop and grow to support the families in Camalotte.
After returning to the camp, the Team had a brief rest before dinner, and loading into the vehicles. Hanna Goins, and others, went to Weststar service station to purchase powdered milk and Pampers for a young girl who had a premie (born <7 months old at <4 lbs, a precious little baby, that appears to be doing well and gaining weight!) That young lady and the baby were in the hospital for nearly a month, and she has been burdened with a $4000 hospital bill, with little means of repayment. The burdens are many, and the resources are few, making all of the Team appreciative of how God has blessed the USA.
The evening service began with PastorJuan opening the service, with Doris Reyes performing as the interpreter. Pastor Juan stated that it was a blessing to be in the House of the Lord again, and to have the opportunity to worship the Lord. He was excited and confident that the presence of the Lord would be here tonight. He opened with a reading of Psalm 23, prayer and congregational singing of songs, in the traditional Spanish way, with lots of enthusiasm, clapping, and rejoicing. The offering was taken, accompanied by music, and then the Pastor prayed over the donations, thanking God for the offering.
Pastor Layton was called forward - stated that, in his home church, he sometimes sings a song to praise the Lord. Jesus said if you profess me before men, I will profess you before my Father. It is a great way to indicate your day of salvation- your spiritual birthday (the song is one that many of us know. “It happened on a —-day Somebody touched me!). The pastor then lead a congregational song, before turning the service over to “God’s Messenger” for the evening, Brother Junior Bowery.
Junior stated it was an honor to be here. He had heard stories of how the Devil had hindered people in many of their Christian service efforts, and has seen evidence of that here in Belize, but regardless of these attempts, we need to keep in in mind that Jesus is on ourside. Junior stated that, during his four trips to Belize, he had not seen as any heartaches and suffering people as during this trip. He then opened the Scriptures to read from Mark 4:35-41
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
This passage is a familiar Scripture, and Junior stated that he had heard may messages over the years on this story. One of the things that he realized is that, regardless what you are doing in life, you are either:: 1) coming out of a storm; 2) in a.storm; or 3) beginning to go into a storm. The key theme here is that “Jesus Knows What is Before You” and help you overcome all. Since He knew that there was a storm ahead, why did he not stop, and hold the disciples up on the other side of the water, not going into the storm? The disciples probably encountered the worst storm in their lives, in a small boat, tossed on the fought waters. If you look at verse 35, God gave a command that his disciples were to go to the “Other Side.” The Devil wants to stop you from progressing in your Christian service; he would love for you to not make it to the “Other Side.” As believers, we must keep in mind that Jesus has control over every storm in our lives; He wants and desires for His children to go to to the “Other Side” of life! Jesus is not worried about storms or difficulty in our lives; he is able and willing to assist us in our lives. Jesus went to sleep in the boat; He knew it was coming, as we should know that there are coming storms in our lives. The focus was too keep or eyes on the other side - you are promised a place prepared by Christ, and are promised to get there! We must keep our focus on “the Other Side,” and no matter what comes our way, keep our lives centered on Him. As bad as the storms get, look at Verse 36 - the words “With Him!” - we must always go through life with Him in our lives. The disciples all made it to the other side. It does not matter what our storms are: a disobedient child (Jesus knows where he is); a sickness (He knows what you have, and helps you bear your burdens); a broken family (Jesus heals the broken hearted, mends families); etc. He has going to Heaven to prepare a page for us - give Jesus CONTROL of your lives, and He will take you to the “OTHER SIDE.” We all have the same promises the disciples have - focus on the other side!Junior invited people to the altar to pray for their needs, with some responding to pray for help in their lives. The pastor then called the Team forward for a special prayer for te Team members that we continue to be successful for the Cause of Christ!
The Team then returned to the Compound; some had a snack again of ice cream and cake, while others went to bed early. Please continue to pray for our team members as we have several who have had a stomach virus and diarrhea. Another topic or prayer is the decision that the electric company will not run poles and a supply to the church as the area is not “mapped;” we have the Electrical company coming at 0930 on Tuesday AM to discuss power to the church! And finally, please pray that we continue to Serve Him, as we end up our week of service in Belize in the next couple of days. Regardless of our difficulties, we give all praise and honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for it is by and through Him that we have our being, and it is by and through Him that we will make it to the OTHER SIDE!
Posted By:Jerry McMurray
Date and Time Posted: Monday July 22, 2019 - 9:54:58 am
Sunday, July 19 2019
John 12:26 KJV
 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
The heavy rain of the previous days continued in the night, but by morning, it had abated, leaving a warm and humid morning for the Team as the awoke in Belize, another day to serve the Lord in this beautiful country. The breakfast this morning consisted of bagels, jams, and juices as the Cooks were not present this morning, and the Team had to make their own preparations to eat. The Team discussed the schedule for the day - morning service, Trey’s restaurant for lunch, a short break, followed by the dedication service.
At 0930 the Team split into two groups, with one group boarding the van with Pastor Layton, and the rest boarding the bus to ride to the church with locals to O3C. As we arrived, we were greeted by the local congregation members who were adjusting the sound and video for the service. The projector screens had the verbiage: “O3C Welcome Home Pastor Layton Bentley and Your Mission Team.” I told Pastor that he had been to Belize so many times that he was a Belizean already! Layton had, in past missions, preached under a Tent nearby in the Ontario Community, and had been to O3C for many years. Pastor Tate arrived, and warmly greeted the Pastors, welcoming the Team to O3C. I had remembered last year when Pastor Tate had told us the story of how they had received the funding for this large facility. He had been in his auto on the way to Belmopan, when the Lord’s “voice” told him to turn around, and return to his office. He questioned why as he had an objective in mind when going to the city; however, he stopped, turned around, and went back to his office. Just after arriving, he was still questioning why did he need to return, when his phone rang. It was a benefactor in the US that had heard he needed funds to build a new church building, and funding was arranged. What a wonderful blessing that occurred only by obedience to the Lord for if had not turned around, he would have missed the call!
The service started when Pastor Tate openly welcomed the Team. He knew that the Team had been sent, and that we would have obstacles of rain, mud, etc. but that we would overcome them for God has placed the Team here to accomplish a mission. Pastor read Psalm 139 as a beginning Scripture; this was followed by congregational singing, including a version of the song “How Great is Our God.”
Tithes and offerings were made to the church, followed by prayer of thanksgiving. We are blessed because Christ became poor by coming to earth as a man, and it is because of his suffering that I am rich! God deserves glory above all for the blessings of peace and gladness we have in or hearts. Pastor Tate said that there is coming a day when we will be before the throne singing a song that the angels cannot sing ! What a time of rejoicing that will be!
Pastor Layton was introduced to the O3C congregation. Pastor Tate told a story of how Layton has established a relationship with O3C. One of the cooks at the Compound had an aneurysm rupture while Pastor Tate was in San Antonio on a. Mission. James Brown, our driver, was the one that had discovered her unconscious. Se was taken to the hospital; she was in a coma for a week, and Pastor Tate and others had searched for a way to get her to a doctor hat would perform an operation, meaning she had to go to the United States.There was a man in Belize named Ralph Digman, who made a few phone calls to Doctor Smitty in Kingsport, TN, who said to bring the patient up to Kingsport for the operation,. She woke up fro the coma, walked up the steps of the plane, and flew to the US. The night of the surgery she had another aneurism, and passed away. Pastor Tate remember her waving to him as she boarded the plane, and she told a friend to take care of the pastor. Her job on earth was not done - she was an organ donor because she had made that decision to give here organs to others. The question that arose was how to get her body back to Belize - Pasor Tate was already responsible for a $18000 bill at hospital in Belize, much less the costs of sending er back.God sees the end from the beginning; Layton Bentley was in a position to help; the Holy Spirit spoke to him, and said to get that lady back to her country, in the best of shape. All was taken care of by the Brother Layton, and her body was taken to Knoxville, flown to Belize, picked up by a local funeral home and delivered to the family without cost, and he did not even know the family. Years later, Pastor Layton was in Belize having lunch with Pastor Dave and Pastor Tate when her name was mentioned, and they realized that they had a tie through this lady (her name was Mary) - that’s how God works! Later, one of the members of O3C was at the airport,and ran into Doctor Smitty on one of his missions to Body & Soul Ministries; this lady began a conversation with him, and a connection between O3C and Dr. Smitty was established, leading to other work with O3C. Pastor Tate related how, when the church was getting started, that the Holy Spirit told him to contact a missionary that had been with him on missions 15 years ago, and using an old email address that he even did not know whether it still worked, managed to of the ladies here ws at the Airport, and met Doctor Smitty, and that was how connections were made with Ontario and Pastor Tate. The church began when the Holy Spirit spoke to him - to contact a missionary he had worked with 15 years ago, and he was not sure the email address worked, and yet the person replied, and came to assist Pastor Tate in starting the church.
Pastor Layton was then introduced, and he stated that he was glad to be back home at O3C. Layton stated that Pastor Tate was his Brother in Christ and his Pastor in ministry. O3C has been a blessing to the team, and the progress that had been made here in the “special place in Belize.” The hand of God is upon this place, and he is excited for what has been done. Jesus was at a wedding in Canaan and it was there His first miracle was performed, as they ran out of wine, and His mother told the servants to obey Him and do whatsoever you are told to do by Him...we need to have such obedience, and whatever He tells you to do, do!!! They filled the jugs with water, and then when the governor tasted the wine, and he told the Bridegroom that you have served the very best last, not first The best for the believers is is the best yet to come! Layton said he had experienced a ot of things in his life, but the Holy Spirit keeps telling him that the Best is Still Yet to Come! Thank God for Salvation, and for things yet to unfold!
Layton prayed for what to say, but he is always lead back to one common topic - the “blood of Christ” for it only washes away our sins.
Ephesians 1:6-7 KJV
 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Layton then lead the congregation in prayer to say that through God all things are possible. Help us to push thoughts that might be hinderances aside, and let every heart be touched, and let every need be met. A couple of key points are apparent:
1. The law of God was given to Mankind for their benefit, but God knew that they could not keep it. Through the law we see the holiness of God. God cannot, and will not tolerate sin. Layton said the older he gets, the more he sees who he really is, and how he needs a holy God. Over 2000 years ago, God became God in the flesh. The law of Moses was fulfilled on a hill called Mount Calvary through the shedding of the blood of Christ.
2. A way for Sinful man was made into the presence of the Lord Almighty by the blood. In the upper room, at the Last Supper, days after the time when Christ had been worshipped, there was a feeling of sadness as there was a feeling something is about to happen. Christ knew he was about to leave, that He was going to the cross, and then leave them to go to prepare a place for His own.It s the blessed Hope of the church - He is coming back. It is not a “Blasted Hope” as some decry - it is a promise. Jesus said that He was the way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other way other than Christ to enter Heaven; it took his blood. Years ago there was a man in England - William Cowper - who penned the words to a classic Christian hymn “there is a fountain flowing from Immanuel’s veins who cleanses all a sinner’s stains;” it is the shedding of blood that makes atonement for the soul . The blood flowing in your veins is from your Father; Mary gave Jesus a body, but the blood of Christ was from God - life giving and powerful is the blood of Christ. We have it applied by faith in our lives if we are children of God. Our salvation is through the shed blood of Christ.
3. The blood of Christ has power to save the vilest of sinners. Isaiah chapter 1- come let us reason together for though your sins be red as crimson,the y wil be with as snow. Mel Trotter was a successful business man in America, and he began drinking, become an alcoholic His wife divorced him; he lost his home; he lost his family; finally living on the street. People would get on the other side of the street for he stank so bad. Mel Trotter had a6 year old daughter, who passed away, and Mel Trotter had to go to the funeral home in the daytime to see her body when no one was there. Her body was in the casket - he took her shoes, and sold them for money to buy quart of Muscadine wine. And he took the wine into a alley - every nerve in his body cried for the alcohol - a wasted man, he set the bottle down, wanting to pop the cork, but the Holy Ghost intervened. This man, some would say he was the scum of the earth, cried out to a forgiving and loving God - “nothing in my hands I bring,” and simply to the cross I cling. God saved that drunk, and God raised him up as one of he greatest evangelists to the alcoholics that the world ever knew. GOD CAN CHANGE THINGS! We can be ready to give up, but God can say to us: Get up! Isaiah 40:31
4. The blood gives us strength:
Isaiah 40:31 KJV
 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Revelation 21:6 KJV
 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
5. The blood of Christ has power to heal the broken. Layton said he had never seen things n such a state in his life; the Devil is trying to destroy the family structure. Through the blood of Christ, there is power to heal the broken.
6. The Power of the blood of Christ can bring victory. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. We wrestle against powers of the air - all around us is warfare, but greater is he that is in you.
Layton then issued an invitation to the lost to say the Sinner’s Prayer: we all come by the same way, admitting that we are sinners, believe in Christ, for whosoever will believe can be saved, and confess with your mouth that Christ is your Lord. Many times in life we are in situations where we do not know what to say - it is the condition of our heart that God hears what it is saying, before we even utter any words, He knows our intents and desires. Layton stated that nothing in life’s travels can compare with when he gave his life to Christ . It is God that can take us to the top of the mountain. Know that when you out are on top of the mountain, you are in His perfect will.
The Team, after saying Goodbye (for now) to the congregation, they boarded the van and bus for the short ride to Trey’s for lunch - ribs, chicken, flank steak, and salad. Trey and his wife had started the restaurant years ago, but because of the remote location, are only open on weekends. Trey had experience at being a chef at various places in his career, blending spices and ingredients for the salads and deserts. It was a wonderful meal, allowing time for the Team to have. Break before the Dedication service.
The Service was consisted of a dedication to the Lord of he building. The word “Dedicate” means to set aside for a definite use, in this case to denote to the worship of the Lord. The building is being, in one respect, consecrated, meaning that it is irrevocably dedicated to this purpose, for it is the Lord’s House - “holy ground.” The pastor called for blessings on each and every one in the House of the Lord. May God look over he visitors tonight in a special way. We know that the Holy Spirit well move among us tonight, and that God will bless us tonight. The pastor read Psalm 91, and followed it by prayer. This was followed by congregational signing, and other testimonies,before he service was turned over to Pastor Layton Bentley.
Layton began by stating what a privilege that God has given us to be in this special place in Camalotte village in Belize. He then thanked the church members for their hospitality: “We feel like we are home in our Fathers house. There is one church - the body of Christ. If you are saved, we are brothers and sisters in Christ and one day Jesus is going to come to call us home to be with Him. We will forever be with the lLord. What a day that will be! I am looking forward to this moment to dedicate this building to the glory of God Almighty. It is not what we have done, but it is an answer to a prayer that God granted. He is the one that are this day possible. We thank God for the blessings that He has blessed us with.”
To begin this ceremont Layton shared Scripture found in the Word of God in 2 Timothy, as follows:
2 Timothy 4:1 to 8:
 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Layton then prayed, again thanking God for the privilege to be in this special place, and that the church is in the hearts and lives of your people. The church I s only a place where we are called to reverence, and it is a place where al that is said needs to bring glory to Christ. Bring us to that point where we can rely on your care.”
Two years ago Layton stood on this spot. This building was not here, and there was a trench dug as the beginning of the footer of the structure. Several members of this church gathered with him in the midst, and they joined hands and prayed together asking God to provide a way for the members of this church to construct a building where you could worship. Almighty God , in the Spriit and in Truth, two days later God gave Layton the privilege to preach to the congregation of the church in the old building, and in the midst of the message, the Holy Spirit fell upon him, and God told them He would build a church, a strong building, strong enough for hurricane, giving safety and protection from the physical storms and the spiritual storms - this is God’s dwelling place, and this day God has fulfilled His promise. What a mighty God we serve. Where you go you cannot escape the fact that God loves you individually. You are the church, and Christ gave his life for you. Tonight we dedicate this building to the glory of God almighty.
He called Pastor Juan to come forward and receive the charges:
1. In the Scripture shared Paul was nearing the end of his life in Rome, writing the final letter to Timothy. Apostle Paul gave a charge - an instruction - and Paul told Timothy to preach the Word. We give Pastor Juan the charge to preach the Word; Terry Kern brought a Bible, and gave it to Pastor Juan as a symbol to preach the Word, even when the world is on fire.
2. The Apostle Paul also charged Timothy to make full proof of his ministry, meaning Paul told Timothy that if he preached the Gospel, he must make full proof, meaning you must live by the Gospel you preach. These you save you mark by your life - the charge is also to the members of this congregation. God has given you th opportunity to represent Him to a lost and dying world.
3. The next charge to Pastor Juan, and the church - feed the poor. Danny Hurd was called forward to present “beans and rice” as a token to feed the poor God ordains that. Do not forget there are many that are less fortunate than us, and it pleases God when we share what we have one with another. Let us never forget those that are less fortunate.
4. Another charge is given is to Pastor Juan, and to the members of Biblical road, Church, to heal the broken. There are many people in our community that need a healing touch from you and I; Amber Kilgore was called forward to give a symbol to Pastor Juan-a Band Aid, a symbol of what is used in a healing process. This Band aid represents Biblical Road Church that has a heart for the hurting, and we must give all that we have to answer the call of the Lord and be sensitive to those that are hurting in our midst. May this place be a hospital where the hurting can come and find a comforting touch.
5. We give a charge to Pastor Juan and the members of this church to not just practice religion inside these walls, but be a carrier of the Gospel of Christ, going out the doors of the church to the community, and carry the Gospel of Christ,even to the uttermost parts of the earth. This church can shake the foundation of the world when we come together to take the Gosel to the whole world. Hanna Goins was asked to come forward to present a Gospel tract to the Pastor as a symbol to spread the Gospel; Pastor Juan was given this charge to reach the world Take the Gospel throughout the world.
6. Wayne Smith was caled forward to present a plaque from the Team to Biblical Road Church; the plaque says: Biblical Road Church, Camalotte Village, Cayo District, Belize Central America, July 21 2019 -we the members of Biblical Road Church dedicate this building to the glory of Christ, We want to recognize Calvary Baptist Church, Elizabethton, TN Homeland Baptist Church, Kingsport TN, and Darthula Church, Hiltons VA, and many others who have worked and donated to make this building possible. It is with great pride we dedicate this building to the Glory of God.” We did not do this, but God did it through us; it is dedicated on behalf of those that have worked so hard to see this accomplished. Pastor Layton stated that the congregation is forever in our hearts, we are one family, and it feels so good to be at home here in Biblical Road. The service was turned over to Pastor Juan, who informed the congregation that when the donations were being taken, it was a lady that donated $100 to start the foundation - it was the donations of many that lead to the completion, for it was an indication of God’s approval. When Pastor Juan was asked when they would finish, his reply was that it was in God’s hands. The service ended with Closing Scripture reading of Psalm 100 by Pastor Juan, with an invitation to all to return next year for the celebration of the anniversary on this date. Remember that this date is a date that the community and church will never forget!
The Congregation lined up for their meal of chicken, rice, and beans to celebrate the Church’s dedication. The Team loaded into vehicles, and then went back to BTC for dinner. After Dinner, the team enjoyed ice cream - a fitting way to end a day of service. It was a joy to see the happiness of the people as the church was dedicated, but there remains work to do - electrical installation of lights and fans, more village evangelism to the poor; all of which are ahead. Continue to pray that God will allow us to help the hurting and poor of Belize, and to bring the Good News of Salvation to the Lost in the Village of Camalotte!
Posted By:Jerry McMurray
Date and Time Posted: Sunday July 21, 2019 - 9:35:44 am
1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Sometimes it is wonderful just to think of what the future is for those who are called by His Name! We are often burdened down by the things of this world, and forget to remember the Blessed Hope that belong to each and every believer! As another day began in Belize - another early morning with great, warm weather. Many of the team arose for early cups of coffee, instant no less, until the Cooks could arrive and begin brewing the coffee. The fellowship of the Team continued with discussion of the past day’s activities, as well as rejoicing in the blessings that God had already provide. Brother Larry Browder began singing an old “classic” song, “What A Day That Will Be,” joined in by many of the Team.. We were treated to a good breakfast ,followed by a song from the Cooks! We thoroughly enjoyed the new song and the fellowship of our fellow believers at the camp.
After breakfast, the plan for the day was discussed; however, God had other plans as this became a day of initial delay as rain set in for a period of at least 1.5 hours, delaying departure of the groups. Again, due to the need to continue with some scheduled activities, a group consisting of Chuck Angie, Steve, and others left to pick up the ladies of the church, and make a “grocery run” to the Farmer’s Market, followed by a visit to THE MALL, and ending with a visit to the poultry shop. This group dropped off the materials and church members, and joined the rest of the team at the Church. The second group had taken the bus to the church, after loading the beans, rice, Bibles,, pamphlets, and clothes into the bus for distribution during community visits. Angie and Steve took the van for a visit to Spanish Lookout for icecream for the church congregation, and ice cream for the Team members. Chuck and the members of his construction team evaluated how to install the lights, switches, etc, while the remainder of the mission Team split into two groups for village evangelism. Many families had visits by team members, who greeted the community members with love and respect, asking if the had prayer request, distributing gifts and food, telling the lost of the love of Jesus Christ, and inviting men and women to the church service. In addition, they prayed over the families for their requests and concerns. One team was led by Brother Terry Browder, and the second was lead by Brother Layton Bentley.; both teams had translators that were provided by the church congregation.
The Team returned to the camp for lunch and then split again for evening activities A group took the van back to the church for the construction work, while the second group went to THE MALL to purchase more beans and rice, materials for a variety of needs for the community, and to purchase trash bags and trash cans for cleanup of the area outside the church. THe Construction team continued to run wires, installing switch boxes and junction boxes, and to prepare for the installation of the fans and overhead lights next week. The “bus group” stopped one more time to finish their purchases, before arriving at the church. This group immediately went to cleanup of the area outside the church, resulting in seven bags of garbage and refuse for disposal. The Teams then returned to the BTC Compound for preparation for the evening events.
The Team enjoyed a short period of rest before a dinner of beef rice, slaw, and homemade rolls. As the evening wore on there appeared to be. a chance of added rain during the evening, but no significant rain occurred during the evening service. The altar at the church was in use, as is the custom of the congregants to go to the altar for prayer before the service. It had been repeatedly stated that it would be great if our churches in the USA were so dedicated to ask God for forgiveness, blessing, and guidance before each worship service. The service began with a traditional song sung by the church singers. The Pastor opened the service, thanking the Team visitors for being here to help and service the church, and then welcomed all attendees. He began by reading from Psalm 23, followed by prayer. The assistant pastor welcomed the Team, and expressed thankfulness for the work they are performing.The congregation then sung for a short period, followed b the Pastor’s call for donations, and prayer for the donations provided. The Pastor then called for the children to come and sing for the congregation. What a blessing to see so many young children singing a joyous song to the Savior! A group formed from members of the Mission team then sung a familiar hymn “Victory in Jesus.” At this point it was time for a stirring message from one of our Team.
The message was brought by Brother Terry Browder, who thanked the church for the opportunity to bring a message, and the acceptance of the congregation of the Team and its members. Luke 19 was the reference text, verse 26. In this passage, Jesus was crossing the hills at 2600 feet elevation ready to descend into Jerusalem for what is to be called the Passion Week. The Latin word for Passion means extreme suffering - no one suffered like Jesus suffered during this week, for he bear the stripes of all our sins. All 4 Gospels record Jesus entry into Jerusalem - on the day we call Palm Sunday. Terry next referred to Matthew 22, verses 6 to 11 . The multitude spread down branches and clothes - the people prepared the way, saying that it was Jesus, the Prophet of Nazarene,, that had come. He would arrive as prophesied in the book of Zachariah - welcomed by a large crowd. He had a great following, many seeing his miracles, many of which had been healed themselves of many diseases and infirmities, and some had even seen the funeral and resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus had called Lazarus specifically from the grave, for if he had only stated “Come Forth” all of the graves would have broken open! Notice how the people threw down palm branches in the path, treating Jesus as royalty. In ancient times palm branches represented goodness and victory; that same crowd would cry to do away with him in a few days. Notice the praise in Matthew 21:9, saying Hosanna...Hosanna in the Highest! That word “Hosanna” means saved, quoting Psalm chapter 118 . Some followed. Some healed; dead were raised, opened blinded eyes are to see; yet, for all the miracles performed, they had not received salvation. Some praised him for selfish reasons - Jews were looking for a political Messiah, but Jesus did not come as such, only to seek and save that which is Lost! In Luke 19, we see the parade; verse 39 we see the Pharisees asking to rebuke the disciples, and Jesus replied that if they did so, the stones would cry out. The “religious crowd” did not like Him and tried to get him to rebuke His disciples. John 12 tells the story, where verse 19 has the Pharisees saying the “world has gone after him!” Two words in this verse-word perceive means consider; prevail means “drop it.” This Scripture Greek words will mean “consider that you profit nothing.” What does it profit to follow Jesus? Romans 3:25. The things we have in Jesus Christ: 1) PROPITIATION, meaning to satisfy, for we are all sinners, and God has made the sacrifice for all of our sin. In the OT, men sacrificed for their sin, wth the blood on the mercy seat, year after year after year that sacrifice had to be made for each person We read in Hebrews that Jesus made the sacrifice once and for all, and HIS blood was placed on the mercy seat, satisfying God’s demand for blood; 2) In HIM, we have PARDON - pardon is to erase without penalty (Ephesians 1:7 we have redemption through HIS blood, redemption means my sin is paid for, no longer held against us; Psalm 103:7, as far as the east is from the west, that is as far as our transgressions are removed). Jesus paid the debt we could not pay, a debt he did not owe; 3) In Him we have PEACE - of God and with God. Peace of God means no matter what we go through in this life, we can have Peace in our heart. Peace in God means that, because of Christ, we are at peace with God. 4 ) In Him we have POWER- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Ephesians 4). 5) In Him we have PROVISION - He has provided (Romans 8:38, 39): Forgiveness (1 John 1:9), Righteousness (2 Cor 5:21), Companionship (Hebrews 15:5), Grace (2 Cor 12:9), Contentment (Psalm 107:9), Protection (Psalm 61:3), He is a Shelter for Me and Strong Tower); 6) PUROSE (our lives are to replace His life - when we become a Christian, we are not our own - we have mission, a mandate; we are to be a reflection of who He is and allow the love of Christ flow through us); and finally, 7) we have a PLACE - a Home in Heaven (John 3:16: God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him will have everlasting life). Thank God that I am a “Whosoever!” Christ promised that He is preparing a place, and that He will return for those who look for Him. Absolutely, Positively, Unequivocally, it Profits US If we accept Christ as Savior! The real question is the same question that the word has been asked since Jesus returned back to Heaven 2000 years ago -are you following Jesus?
Brother Larry then gave an invitation for those who have needs, spiritual or physical, to come forth for prayer. After prayer, the Pastor dismissed the meeting for the day, and the congregation and Team rejoiced together and fellowshipped. Angie and Steve brought Bibles into the church, and a group of the Team and the Pastor prayed over the materials that God would use the to touch the hearts and souls of the people of Belize, but especially those who are lost.
After returning to the Camp, some of the Team enjoyed refreshment with some Western Dairy ice cream. It as a fitting end to a good day in Belize. But, for all of the joys of service, rejoicing with the people of the church, and providing for heir needs, we continued to see other people suffering - a family that had lost their home and possessions this week due to a fire; a family with a disabled child that could not purchase needed things to provide care; etc. I am always reminded that we cannot supply all of the needs of the poor and infirm; that we have limited resources to use, and that we must be good stewards of what God has supplied. It has been a great blessing to see the Team members, especially the first time missionaries, to worship and serve the people of Belize. Please pray that this Team will continue to impact the people of Camalotte and the surrounding areas, for Christ! Pray that He will give us he words to speak, and that He will use our hands to do as He directs in the coming days.
Posted By:Jerry McMurray
Date and Time Posted: Saturday July 20, 2019 - 9:38:15 am
Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things He hath done for you. - 1 Samuel 12:24
Greetings from the Team in Belize as we are beginning to start our mission this week. As any Team knows, there are constant challenges to trying to serve for the Devil is persistent in trying to prevent us from spreading the Lord, helping the Church get stronger, and trying to prevent us from helping the poor in Jesus name. The bus that we were planning to use “broke down,” and had to be replaced with a “loaner bus” (through at least Monday). Regardless of the obstacles, there were many things that the Team had planned for the day, including purchase of beans and rice for evangelism; purchase chairs for the church; purchase fans and electrical equipment for the installation in the Church; get materials from the shipping crates at Body and Soul, as well as to meet the congregation of the Church.
After a nutritious breakfast, including Mango Jam that had been provided by Verna Almen, the Team divided into two groups. A van had been leased for use during the week, and a smaller group went to the drop off the driver at his home, get the van filled with fuel, and then go to the. Biblical Road Church to assess and plan for the construction activities during the week. The balance of the Team had went by bus to the Church, allowing all of the Team to see what God has already graciously provided. The new Church building-concrete floor, block reinforced walls, metal roof, windows , and front door-was significantly better than the previous structure. The Team was able to see the older structure it was replacing - what a blessing that God has provided to the community!
Chuck Trese and other Team member began to measure and assess what was needed for the lighting and the fans for the church. The Pastor, his wife, and other members of the congregation translated and facilitated a discussion with Chuck to decide what was needed - how many fans, controls, lights, etc. , and the locations for the fans. A few minutes later, Briceida Reyes arrived, with her son, to assist the Team with translation, and to be with the Team during the next few days. Her father, Mr. Reyes, had a bicycle incident, had broken his leg, and was at the hospital. A decision was made to take the Team to Spanish Lookout to purchase chairs for the Church, the beans and rice, and for the Team to get any needed personal items, as well as to allow the Team to try Belizean ice cream from Western Dairy. The church had also hired local personnel to finish the internal walls with stucco, and it was a pleasure to watch him work on finishing God’s house!
After the trip to Spanish Lookout, the Team returned to Biblical Road to deliver the chairs, and then go back to the Baptist Training Center for lunch. The Team broke up into groups, some resting for the evening, while two groups went to Body Soul to pick up the Bible’s and materials that had been shipped to Belize. These materials were loaded on the bus for transportation back to the Compound for separation to use in the village evangelists starting Saturday,
The Team had a dinner of masthead potatoes, chicken, and salad, with tea and orange juice for refreshment. After preparation, the Team gathered around Brother Junior Bowery to pray for his anointing that evening as he was chosen to give he first message of the week’s services.. The Team loaded into the bus, and made their way to the Biblical Road Church. It was noticed that the new chairs, numbering 100, had bee placed by the members in preparation for the service tonight. The Pastor was excited as he greeted each of the Team as they entered the church. It had been decorated with balloons for this was a special service. The walls of the inside of the church were progressing well as the stucco applies had finished several more sections.
The pastor open the service with greeetings in the name of the Lord and the Holy Spirit. He allowed all members to be with us, and that the Holy Spirit would fill all. The life of appreciation of the blessings of God makes for a happy life. Greetings were given to the pastors and the Team members that were here tonight. He started by reading from the Scripture to begin the service.This was followed by signing of a number of songs, with enthusiastic praise of God for the blessings that he had provided. The Pastor lead prayer in recognition of the donations and special offering The Pastor then opened the service to allow congregants to sing songs and provide testimony of praise. One young lady provide testimony that many do not have the ability to worship God in Spirit and Truth. She blessed each and every member of the congregation and the Team for all the work being done in finishing the church. The next participant was fellow Team member xxxx, who played the guitar and sung a song entitled “He’s All I Need.”
The next portion was Larry Browder intoducing the Team, and stating how he was pleased to be here in Belize; the pleasure of meeting the pastor for the first time, his brother in Christ; and how he was looking forward to seeing God’s work in the coming days. The prayer that Larry had was for the church to be filled. Many years ago, Pasor Laton stated, that his heart was knit with the members of Biblical Road Church. The hand of God is on this place; the presence of the Holy Spirit is being felt right here and now, in the heart of His people . Layton is so proud of what God is doing here with this congregation. The Team is appreciative of the loving heart of the people - God is bonding our hearts together. Whether we are in the USA or in Camalotte Village, we are one in Christ, to God be the glory. The Pastor thanked all of the people who collaborated to make this a better church. They asked if there were others on the Team that was willing to give time to give words of support to the Congregation. Brother Terry Browder went forward to state that he was honored to be here. Seven years ago he built a house for a local family, and now he was here again; he was pleased to see a beautiful structure, but the most important thing was the hope that it would be leading the lost to Christ.
Brother Junior Bowery brought the message. He stated that his heart was broken in 2007, 2009 and 2016 for the community of Camalotte in previous visits. His reference text was from Matthew, Chapter 26, concerning the denial of Christ by Peter. Peter meant well, but he made many errors based on his personal desire and motives. When he got away from the Lord, he began to follow Christ “away following afar off (V 56).” We need to draw as close to Christ as possible in our lives. When the damsel asked him if he was one of the follower, Peter again denied. The third time he denied, even as going as far as to curse....and the the cock crowed! One night, while he was home, Junior related that God put the Scripture on his mind, and he read it; it was the rooster that God put on his mind! That rooster was to be used for the purpose of crying out - the rooster may have lived a hard life, and each day he climbed on the fence post and gave all he had. In his mind, why was a rooster used? Because all of Christ’s disciple rejected Him, and even his friends.. If He could use a rooster, what could God do with you? You do not have to have to have money; he wants obedience and willingness. You may think that you are too young or too old; that is wrong! Genesis tells of Sarah, who at 91 years of age, had a baby per God’s promise. Numbers 22 tells of a donkey speaking to Balaam; in Chronicles a raven talked to Elijah. If God could use the animals, what can He do with a willing vessel. That morning at work, Junior said that God gave him the Scripture - John 15:16 - “you have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that you can bring forth fruit. “ We need to be aware that God can use a surrendered, willing vessel The Devil does not want you to draw close to God, for if you do, then He will show His power, and this church will be a light to the community The Devil went you to think that you can not do anything; if God can use a Rooster, what an he do with you? Junior stated that he has prayed for the people of this community, and he has witnessed what God has one for the community, and gave the challenge to the congregants - what will you do for Him?
Continue to pray for the Team, the members of the Biblical Road Church, and for God’s blessings on the Team to bring the Gospel o the people of Belize.
Posted By:Jerry McMurray
Date and Time Posted: Friday July 19, 2019 - 8:30:15 am
Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV
 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul
Greetings and Salutations from the Belize Mission Team in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I feel blessed to be a member of this group of men and women who are following the commandment to serve the Lord God with all of our heart, mind, body, and soul! The majority of the Team assembled at Homeland Baptist Church at 11:30 PM for the ride to the GSP Airport, but found that they had problems: the bus had not arrived at the departure time! Brother Larry Browder called the driver, who did respond to the call, and informed Larry that he thought that the Team was leaving on Friday morning! Praise God that he was able to get up, get the bus to the church, and get the team to Greenville Spartanburg airport by the scheduled time! As the team discussed, it is obvious that God’s hand is on this Team, and the planned mission, for even the obstacles that are before us are nothing to an all-powerful God!
Several team members were able to have refreshments at the GSP airport before loading into the plane. An early morning departure time of 0530 was rough on the whole team, especially those that had ridden the bus for three hours. In processing the team members luggage, the team had an exempton for some of the bags, but were surprised to find that Delta had processed all of the team members bags without any charges. The plane departed GSP on-time, and arrived in Atlanta without incident. When we arrived, the Delta APP and the schedule at the gate indicated that the plane from Wilmington, NC, was up to 50 minutes late, indicting a possible late departure from the Atlanta Airport. However, this was not exactly true as the plane arrived in Atlanta by 0920, and the flight to Belize left shortly after 1000. The flight was also uneventful, but was not conducive to some members to get additional sleep. The Team passed through Security without any major incident; it was later determined that one suitcase had been left behind at the airport.
The team arrived at Cheers, a favorite Belizean restaurant on the way from Belize City to Bemopan, and had a great lunch of traditional fare, with some not passing up the homemade desserts - chocolate chip cookies and a German chocoloate brownie! Contiung onward, we arrived at Baptist Training Center, our home for the week. BTC is a missionary camp of the Southern Baptist Assocation, staffed by full-time personnel, and having housing, food canteen, recreation, and facilities for church services all in a compound. The members went to their respective rooms, and enjoyed a few hours before dinner as served in the canteen.
Dinner was followed by the initiation of a short service for the “Blessing of the Hands.” Pastor Layton started the service by a short message concerning the life of Moses. Moses’ life can be divided into 3 40-year periods- as a prince, then as a wanderer and shepherd in the desert-and then God called him to become the leader of his people. When Moses turned aside as he saw the burning bush, it indicates that we sometimes have to turn side from the paths we are on and let God will speak to us as he spoke to Moses. There are no “little Is” or “little yous” when it comes to God. God commissioned Moses to go back to His people; he knew the pain of His people, and He wants to deliver His people. Moses began to make excuses. Moses thought he could “run” from the things that God wanted him to do; sometimes when we think we can run away we must realize we cannot run from God. If God be for us, who can stand against us. The excuses that Moses made were that he was not an eloquent speaker; but that was not sufficient. God had a solution to this problem, that being Aaron. God knows the answer to our excuses and problems before we can even present them or utter them. God told Moses to throw the shepherd’s staff on the ground, and it became a serpent. When Moses grabbed the serpent it became a staff; his hand became leprous when he stuck it in his cloak to his bosom, and the it became clean. Why was the staff changed to a snake? Why was the hand leprous? Both are indicative of sin - a shepherds staff is only a tool, but the key to any tool is the hands of the owner. Layton told the story that when he was younger he tried to learn the violin, and his cat went wild with all of the screeching. The same instrument in the hands of a Maestro produces wonderful music.The key is the hands of the Master! The Leprous hands are a reflection of where Moses’ heart was at the time - to serve God the hands must be a “reflection of the heat.” Our hearts are only cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ! God spoke the prophet Isaiah. - though your sins be scarlet, they shall be made white as snow. In order for God to bless our hands, our heart has to be cleansed. Layton lead the group in prayer asking for God to cleanse our hearts so that our hands may be used for His praise during this week.
Layton then called Junior forward to anoint his hands with oil - a mixture of myrrh and frankincense from the nation of Israel, and to pray over him that he-be used for the purposes that God has in store: to lead the lost to the Savior, to help the poor and infirm, and to help the needy. This was followed by “blessing the hands” of all of the Team members so that we were prepared spiritually and physically for the week’s work. After the “blessings” Junior Bowery shared that he was glad to be here with this group this week, and that he was looking forward to seeing what God is going to work in the church this week. The Theme of this week is “One in Christ,” and it seemed that all of the Team is of one accord in their zeal and desire to serve the Lord this week!
Keep our Team in your prayers this week as we work to help prepare the church for the dedication service on Sunday night, and to continue to tell the people of Belize of Jesus’ love for their souls.
Posted By:Jerry McMurray