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Belize ministry expansion October 2015


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Friends United Meeting is embarking on an expansion of its work in Belize. Learn more in this overview.

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  • Amen great work for God. have read on the context and the needs of the people of Belize. And it is my prayer the missionary work would be relevant to the needs of the people of Belize. god bless you as you embark on these noble assignment
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Belize ministry expansion October 2015

  1. 1. FUM’s expanding ministry in Belize
  2. 2. Belize is a small English- speaking country in Central America/ Caribbean
  3. 3. The population is diverse: Mayan, English, Mexican, and Garifuna
  4. 4. Friends started work in Belize at the invitation of Sadie Vernon
  5. 5. Belize Friends School has been “Bridging the Gap Between Poverty and Possibilities” for 21 years
  6. 6. Originally a boys-only program, there are now girls as well as boys enrolled.
  7. 7. Friends School provides a “second- chance” for students who have failed in traditional schools
  8. 8. Our school has a reputation for taking the hardest kids, and turning their lives around
  9. 9. The school is successful. But we feel God is calling us to do more.
  10. 10. The Belize Discernment & Planning Task Force worked for a year, seeking God’s will for the expansion of FUM’s Belize ministries.
  11. 11. The Southside of Belize City is riddled with poverty, gang- related crime, drugs and weapons Belize Friends School Image credit:
  12. 12. “Ninety-nine percent of Belizean youth have been exposed to violence”
  13. 13. Generational poverty fuels cycles of violence
  14. 14. Poor educational attainment keeps people in poverty
  15. 15. Only 45.5% of the population aged 13-16 are in school. 40% of the labor force has only a primary-level education.
  16. 16. Irrelevant churches are disconnected from the people’s condition
  17. 17. “Why the church love tek so much? When you go to church they go gimme, gimme, gimme! You don’t hear them saying we would like to help this or that youth. Don’t the youth dem need help?” “we want the church to be more involved in our everyday lives, even in our recreation. It must not only be about our souls.”
  18. 18. In this neighborhood, among these people God loves, what is our call as Friends?
  19. 19. The FUM General Board has approved a 4-point plan
  20. 20. 1. gather a worshiping body of Friends in Belize 2. grow the Belize Friends School 3. facilitate the Southside community’s transformation from a place of hopelessness and violence to a place of hope and peace 4. identify and develop suitable facilities to house these programs
  21. 21. 1. Church planting
  22. 22. We are called to gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved and obeyed as Teacher and Lord.
  23. 23. A small worship group has already begun meeting
  24. 24. The community yearns for a relevant spirituality
  25. 25. Church planting means making a credible witness to the Gospel in word and deed, through “incarnational and relational evangelism”.
  26. 26. 2. Grow the school
  27. 27. We are called to expand our educational ministries
  28. 28. The values-based curriculum is much more than remedial academics. It is whole-life redemption.
  29. 29. One-on-one Christ-centered instruction speaks to the heart of each student
  30. 30. The government believes that “Friends School can do it” when a child has been rejected (academically and behaviorally) by all other schools
  31. 31. We’ve just formed a new sports league with other alternative schools
  32. 32. USFWI sponsors a healthy mid- morning snack
  33. 33. Educational field trips help kids engage in learning
  34. 34. An adult education program has just begun
  35. 35. We’re called to expand, to serve more youth and adults
  36. 36. 3. Community ministries
  37. 37. We are called facilitate community transformation.
  38. 38. Our students need help developing healthy inter- personal skills
  39. 39. The nascent Alternatives to Violence Project in Belize needs encouragement to grow.
  40. 40. This beautiful place can become a beacon of hope and peace
  41. 41. 4. A new space
  42. 42. Our building is so small, we can’t do much more than what we’re currently doing.
  43. 43. We lack outdoor space, so a lot of school activities happen in the street
  44. 44. We’re clear about our call to this particular neighbor- hood. Should we rehab?
  45. 45. Should we buy land and build?
  46. 46. We’ve begun the search for a church planting pastor
  47. 47. Pray for the future of Friends witness in Belize.
  48. 48. Thank you for your support for Belize Friends Ministries! 101 Quaker Hill Drive Richmond IN 47374 765 962 7573