Belize & Beyond Mission Update: November 2011

“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  

I Thessalonians 5:18

I arrived in Southern California and quickly began securing appointments for my annual medical appointments and had the opportunity to have Thanksgiving Day in the US, something I hadn’t had in a long time; turkey dinner with special friends. While sitting on the porch at my host home and glanced at the American flag they have flying, I became very aware of one of the greatest blessing of all time that I’ve been given and that was to be granted the honor of being brought to America at an early age and all of the benefits that are mine as an American citizen. I thank God for this great nation and how He used it to bring me to the knowledge of my Savior and Lord that I now get to serve in full time ministry back in my birth country of Belize. I am truly a blessed and thankful man and extremely grateful and indebted to His grace and mercy!

 

Belize Action: Family Focus Forum I attending the Family Focus Forum held in Belmopan, the nation’s capital, where a well organized and very informative forum took place that addressed the upcoming lawsuit by a homosexual advocacy group again the Government of Belize. Several professions spoke on the affect of homosexuality on society from a medical, scientific, legal, family and religious.  It is a blessing to see the Churches using this opportunity to share Christ love, and uniting together for righteousness in our nation. All eyes are upon this upcoming Supreme Court case as it will set precedence for all of the other Central American countries. The court case was set for December 5 but I just read today that it might be postponed for a later date. Please keep that in your prayers and I’ll keep you informed!

Louis Wade Jr and others address important issues facing the Nation and the Church.

 

 

Central America Pastors/Leaders Conference:

Pastor Carlos addressing the gathering before lunch and fellowship!

As always, the Calvary Chapel Central America Pastors and leaders conference was a great time of fellowship, teaching and encouragement for all who attended from almost all of the Central American countries. Hosted by CC San Salvador with several special speakers; one of my favorite Don McClure, shared on the topic of being Passionate for the things of the Lord.  Five of the six Calvary Chapels in Belize sent representative and it was a blessing to spend time with them and hear how God was working in the various fellowships. What thrilled me the most about this is that each is an answer to my prayers of several years since returning to Belize 17 years ago. It was also good to hear of the work of God in the various churches in Central America as the Word of God is being taught chapter by chapter and verse by verse. Pastor Rudy from Amazing Grace was able to take his wife Rachel who really enjoyed the teachings they had for the pastor’s wives this year. Despite the language barrier, I was greatly blessed by the conference and thank the Lord greatly for all that went into putting on such a conference each year to encourage and strengthen us in the Lord. Thank you Jesus!

 

San Pedro Town Bible Parade 2011:

Elmer and Juan Carlos leading with banner as Lighthouse float follows in Bible Parade!

On Sunday, November 20 San Pedro residents witness history in the making as 8 churches, their pastors and congregation along with Lighthouse Christian Radio took to the street with floats, banners, balloons, celebrating the Bible and proclaiming God’s love for the people of San Pedro Town. In spite of the light rain, which produced a beautiful rainbow above the parade, an estimated one thousand people marched down one of the main streets with several well decorated floats and placards with Scripture verses on them in Spanish. The parade ended at the Old Football Field where several churches provided a short program; skits, flag presentation of the Central America countries and praise and worship.  The other pastors and I never thought of such an outcome while praying and planning this event several months ago and were greatly encouraged by the stand that many believers made before their neighbors, families and friends who lined the streets to observe this historical event.

Singing songs of praise through the streets of San Pedro Town!

Many Bibles, Christian literature and gospel tracts where passed out as jubilant songs of praise from Lighthouse Christian Radio were amplified and several churches had live worship bands on floats in the parade along with singing congregants marching through the streets. Both of the local newspaper ran stories about the parade and commented about the impressive turnout and the beauty of the floats. The Area Representative and Minister of Tourism gave opening remarks and expressed his thanks to the churches for providing the community with such a strong foundation for upcoming generations. I really believe that God touched him as the pastors

Clive and pastors praying for Honorable Heredia Jr, Area Representative of San Pedro Town during gathering at the Field.

and leaders gathered around him and prayed for him. I thank the Lord for the pastors who saw the necessity of putting aside differences and uniting as a strong force for righteousness in our town and I look forward to more events like this to shine our light before men that they may see our good works glorify our Father in Heaven!

 

Changes again at the Lighthouse:

Well it seems as if each year we go through major changes and you would think that I’d be use to it by now but I’m still being thankful. Edler Blas informed me that he will be going back to Nicaragua at the earlier part of next year to be with his family who are having health problems. Edler has been a great help over the past year after returning from Bible School in San Salvador and told me that he has learned more in this past year than ever before about practical ministry. He will be greatly missed and we trust that God will continue to work in and with him as He leads him in the next phase of growth and development. Please pray for Edler as well as for someone to fill his most important role in the ministry at Lighthouse!

 

Giving thanks with a grateful heart:

Thanking God for His daily grace and mercy that keeps me going in and through the good times and the difficult times of ministry this past year. For His strength and the honor of co-laboring with Him alongside of you over the years in Belize!

Thanking God for a great time of fellowship at the last meeting of the Belize Christian Media Fellowship as we discussed and began making plans for the upcoming Media Seminar 2012. So grateful for likeminded brothers with a heart for making a difference for the glory of God through media in Belize!

Thanking God for the work He’s done with Joel & Denise Meyer as they celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Port Loyola Calvary Chapel in Belize City last month and ordination of Mario.

Thanking God for the one year anniversary of Horizon Radio and its fast growing listening audience, many good reports from listeners about the teaching programs and praise and worship music format.

Thanking God for bringing Dennis M to salvation and for the privilege of watching a life transformed by His grace and mercy. Dennis is asking for prayers that he might get prepared for the ministry God has for him. Salvation is truly a miracle of God!!

Thankful for Juan Carlos as he is doing very well in school and passing all of his classes; for Abner V in night school and Florencio as he maintains high grades in all subjects and continues to walk with God in spite of his difficult home life!

Thankful for another shipment of fixed tuned, solar powered radios being donation to Lighthouse from Galcom Canada on its way down to Belize this very moment; also for the guide wires being shipped down and the engineers coming down for installation!

Thankful to God for the safe delivery of Kenny Caleb Wendell Reimer born to Clara a few

Clara and son, Kenny Caleb Wendell, born several weeks after father's death!

weeks after her husband’s death and for the honor of praying and dedicating him to the Lord!

Thankful for the staff at Lighthouse Christian Radio: Elmer and Edler, their dedication in shining the Light in darkness, twenty four/seven!

Thankful for Amazing Grace Christian Fellowship as we celebrate 8 years as a church body in the Mennonite Community of Spanish Lookout! God’s amazing grace is continually being displayed through this Body of Believers!

I’m very thankful to all of you who sacrificially supported me over this past year through the financial struggles of our economy; for your prayers, encouragements, and your faithfulness to seeing the gospel preached heeded and bearing fruit in Belize and beyond!

 

Upcoming Events & Schedule:

Clive’s annual medical/health check up; Doctor, dentist, and Optometrist in California; pray for a clean bill of health!

End of Hurricane Season and thankful for an uneventful season!

Dec. 3 Massive Gathering and Prayer Rally in from of Supreme Court, Belize City before lawsuit against government trial begin.

Preparation for ‘After Christmas Football Tournament Outreach’

Dec. 28 – 31 Believers World Outreach team conducting football tournament, Children ministry, New Year’s Eve Parade and event.

Thankful for the Body of Christ and the great love He has for us, His Bride!

In His great love and amazing grace,

Clive Welsh

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