Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Caye Caulker

Hi again,
Eric is helping me update our blog. Kraft dinner was yummy and we're just about to call it a day.
With a change in weather bringing sunshine the team finally got their day off. Today's excursion took us to Caye Caulker, a tiny island 45 minutes from Belize City, by boat. A second boat ride took us to the barrier reef where the team got to swim with nurse sharks in Shark-Ray Alley. Charlie, our guide, helped us catch and hold a big sting ray. Some enjoyed snorkling, seeing coral and tropical fish for the first time. It was a full day of sun and surf and we were glad to get back to our billets. Sean spoke at Berea and Bob at Grace. After the service a planning meeting was held to discuss the opening of 8 Mile. An afternoon of music, crafts, kids programs and gospel is planned for Sunday. After the cement is poured and the work finished, the team will help distribute invitations and tracts in the community. Please pray for lasting fruit as the seed is sown. You will notice we are making some Everyday Publications available during our meetings as well. Thank you to EPI for their donation of 80 lbs of excellent Christian literature.

All for now,

Sean & Eric

Saturday, January 28, 2006

8 Mile Community flooded...

We are enjoying fellowship at our billet here in Hattiville, 1/2 hour out of Belize City. It is very wet here, unseasonably wet. The project site at 8 Mile community is partially underwater. The whole area is low lying and prone to flooding.

The work is progressing very well: partition wall removed, roof trusses reinforced, electrical started, forms for sidewalk taking shape. Tomorrow we are to visit several chapels for ministry and gospel meetings. Tonight we joined the youth of Grace Chapel for their meeting.

The forecast is calling for clearer weather next week.... hopefully it will dry up a bit. Praise the Lord for all His care and blessing.

Grace and peace to you. Thank you for praying.


Thursday, January 26, 2006

Streets turned to rivers in Belize City


Greetings from Belize!! Here's a shot of the whole team, tired, but well fed at Berea Chapel where James and Chantal are staying for 3 months.

Bob and John made quick work knocking out one of the partition walls inside.

Before we can make forms for the sidewalk we had to install a culvert at the front of the property.

Bob is cleaning up excess re-bar

During supper it poured and poured buckets, and buckets. When Shanon went to drive us home..... the streets were like rivers!

The team got a good start on the project. We purchased lumber and supplies to reinforce the roof rafters so that we can remove the centre wall. If it is not too wet we will begin forms to pour the sidewalk. On Sunday the team plans to split up, visiting 3 or 4 different churches for ministry and gospel.

Please pray for continued safety and for sunshine!

Thanks for visiting our blog. Time to try and get some zzzzz's if the roosters don't keep us up.....


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Take off, eh!

Time to take off, eh!

In a few minutes I depart for Toronto airport to pick up two team members. We then proceed to another team member's house in Fonthill where the whole team will spend the night. At about 3:30 A.M. we head for the border to catch our flight in Buffalo, NY.
Thank you for all your prayers. Please pray for safety and that the Lord would work in and through the team (Ephesians 2:10). We hope to update you now and then on this blog. All the best...

Monday, January 23, 2006

Oh, Canada!

Oh, Canada!
Do you know how they first spelled "Canada"?
Well, you have a "C", eh, then an "N", eh, and then a "D" eh!

Vera and I just voted a while ago. She talked to me on the walk home about her Grandpa who fought in WWII. What a privilege we have to live in our great country of ice, hockey, Tim Horton's and freedom.

In the light of the election let us remember God's Word:

I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men; for kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men, himself man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all; the testimony to be borne in its own times; whereunto I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I speak the truth, I lie not), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
(1 Timothy 2:1-7)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Suffer the little children...


With just a couple of days left before we launch out to Belize, we've been corresponding a bit with James and Chantal. They are busy ministering at Grace Primary and at some local churches already. You can read about it on their blog. (see post below). Here is a shot of Chantal reading with some children - great shot!

Adios for now,

Thursday, January 19, 2006

5 days 'till takeoff!

Well, the Lord has provided a wonderuful team and we are set to depart for Belize in just a few days. Please pray for the team as we travel and begin work on the 8 Mile project. You can see the little house that the assemblies are using for an outreach. Fifteen loads of fill have been delivered and spread. We hope to build a front wall for the property with a gate and sidewalk leading to the building. Inside we will "break down the middle wall of partition" to make the building more suitable for meetings. Hopefully we can keep you posted as the team ministers and labors at 8 Mile. Pray for us and that the Word of the Lord would have free course (Colossians 4:2)

Love and prayers,

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

James & Chantal in Belize

Today I want to direct your thoughts and prayers towards James & Chantal Edwards. They arrived in Belize last week and will be in the country for 3 months. James accompanied me to Belize last year to plan and prepare for the team leaving next week. You can visit their blog at www.jcedwards.iblogs.com

We look forward to joining them soon. In the meantime here's a shot of James having a laugh with the youth group at Grace Chapel in Belize City.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

"We sorrow not as others which have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

I regret the lack of activity on our blog. The fact is (that's a phrase I heard 100 times on the leaders debate... I can't stand it!) we've had a busy time lately with the death of several dear old saints in the north. On Saturday John McLaughlin (89)from our home assembly in Matheson passed into the presence of the Lord. Today Jeremy and I travel to help with the funeral tomorrow. John was like a dad to me since I was saved in Aug '85 and has been a spiritual mentor to my wife and I.
We had a wonderful holiday, and for now I'll post a shot of my son skidooing up north. He wrote an article on the invention and development of the "snow machine" which we'll have to post too someday. Please pray for us as we travel and grieve with John's son and other family.

Hope to be in touch soon...

Victory in Jesus!