Standing on the swamp next to the burial grounds in one of the poorest regions of Belize, Carolyn and her husband dreamed of a place that would bring life to the community. Today their vision is coming true as Carolyn is now the principal of Unity Presbyterian School, built on that same swamp. Carolyn’s gift of hospitality and deep love for people spills over into her school and spreads throughout the surrounding community.

Over 200 students not only enjoy learning at Unity Presbyterian School, but also feel at home here as they are taught and encouraged to live a life pleasing to God. The school is also a safe haven for the students’ parents. This past Christmas, Carolyn set up a party to celebrate the birth of the Saviour and to commend the parents for their deep involvement in the school. Carolyn has seen firsthand how the story of the Gospel gives students and their parents new life, but she will in no way take credit for all the work she has done.

Carolyn has serious health concerns as she struggles with Lupus, an incurable disease. She sometimes has to travel great distances to receive treatment to lessen her pain. However, as challenging as her poor health is, it has strengthened her spiritually. She commits her life to God in prayer. Carolyn is an example to the people around her of what God can do with someone who surrenders their life to following His will, and many have commented on Carolyn’s deep commitment to Unity Presbyterian School despite her illness. Her life has given many hope and perseverance to follow Christ in the midst of their struggles too.

Carolyn’s husband is the pastor of the church located on the school property and in the evenings he preaches in the school. Together, he and Carolyn have transformed their home into a ministry centre with people always stopping by. They are the first Belizean family to pastor this community; the pastors who lived here before were all foreigners. Carolyn and her husband have a deep heart for their community and pray daily for God to use Unity Presbyterian School and the church for His glory.

Carolyn also commits the schools’ financial well-being to God in prayer. In the past, God has provided a way to build the school despite the expensive cost of building materials and the need for a solid structure on the swampy lands. Carolyn is confident that God will be faithful in the future with the construction of the school’s second floor.

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