January 8, 2012

Worship and rest

Barrie HANDS Team:

Today was a day of worship and rest.  Most of us were up by 7, sitting out on the breezy front porch and living room, appreciating the sunrise over the ocean.  We had a cereal breakfast much later than usual, since church didn’t start until 11am.  New Life Presbyterian church is just down the street from Pastor Betson and Carolyn’s.  It’s an historic building right downtown.  The church was started over 150 years ago and Pastor Betson is the first Belizean pastor to serve there.  Actually it’s technically without a pastor, but Pastor Betson serves both it and the Unity church plant he started 8 years ago.


Daryl left early for the service and along the way met some guys hanging out in the shade near the church.  One guy Alex hadn’t been to church in years, and said he was eager for blessing, so he joined us.  Like many, he is searching for work, and he and Pastor Betson exchanged numbers since his trade is construction.  We joined about 30 others, many of them kids picked up with the bus.  Pastor Daryl preached from Luke 2:40, “And the child (Jesus) grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.”  We thank God that the grace that was on him is now on us who are in Christ!

Through the afternoon most of us played cards, read, or napped.  Paul and Daryl walked over to give Alex and his friend a serving of our lunch, and they chatted it up for a while with them and others.  At 6:30 we loaded onto the bus with Pastor Betson to the church plant beside the school, where he led the service.  It was good to worship with families we had come to know through the week.  Many of the songs were familiar, like Shout to the Lord, Come Now is the Time to Worship, and Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.  One delight was some classic praise songs like Welcome to the Family, and I Will Call Upon the Lord (Who Is Worthy to Be Praised!). 

This afternoon we met another team from the US who will be joining us on the job tomorrow.  We worshipped with them tonight as well.  There are nine of them from four churches, most Presbyterian, but two of them are from a CRC in St. Joseph, Michigan.  They are splitting their time between prison ministry with Pastor Betson and helping with the construction.  Tonight Carolyn helped us understand again what a blessing Unity school is.  All citizens of Belize (and immigrants) pay tuition for education at all levels.  Unity offers quality Christian education at low to no cost for the people in the neighbourhood.  

We’re looking forward to putting our hearts and hands to work for the cause of Christ tomorrow.  Please pray for safety again, as well as continued health and quality relationships between us, as well as with the new team arriving.  The comments you write are a great encouragement to us.  Thank-you!  We are praying for you too, especially as many of you get up and off to school again.  As Pastor Betson says to us frequently with a big hug, “I love you, you are special!”  



Jan 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Wow you guys are amazing! Keep up the great work,m and we will see you soon.

EduDeo Staff
Jan 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hi Barrie Team. Thanks for being a blessing to Unity and the Betson's. Please give the Betson's a big hug from me. Thanks for taking the time to get to know some of the kids and their families in the community.

Work safe! Remember - you are special and God loves you!



Jan 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Keep up the great work! We will see you soon!!!!!!!!!! :)

Jan 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Hi gang: Just realised you had a blog going - took a bit to find- have read all with interest, great pictures. Looks like a large project and hard work. Stay safe and look forward to seeing you all next week end. We thank God for your safety and good work for the school community at Unity in Belize.

Wilma&Jasper Sinke
Jan 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Hi Barrie Team. Thanks for the great photos and great job on the blogs. Its awesome to see what your up to there. The cave tubing must have been a great expierience. Paul looks very relaxed on the couch. We love you Paul. Great job team. Gods blessings to you all in your work.

Sarah Smith
Jan 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Thanks again for the update! Looks like a restful Sunday.

My grade 4 class prayed for you all this morning in devotions. Hanna D. and Rachel E. were very proud of their family members working hard in Belize. Keep it up!

The Selkirks
Jan 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

What amazing work God is doing through you! We pray continually that He will strengthen and refresh you to continue. Blessings to all of you.

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