Belizean Blitz / www. marilynwellman.com
Valerie, Bella, and I celebrated our Savior’s birth and the New Year in Wisconsin. The Good News for mission work is that Belize is starting to reopen, and I am allowed to teach at the Belize Bible College & Training Center (BBCTC) for the 2021 Spring semester!
Harvest Community Church (HCC) will be commissioning me on Sunday, January10th. Please join me at 9 AM or 10:45 AM in person or online (www.harvestcommunity.org ).
I will be returning stateside in mid-May and be available then to provide updates on my journey to being a full-time missionary. A goal of mine while in Belize is to learn how the BCCTC works on a daily basis as it relates to budget, mission teams, administration, and community outreach. If you have questions or comments, email me: mwellmanBZE@gmail.com .
Sometimes, God has us wait. It’s not enough to “know’” what God wants you to do. You have to wait on God’s timing for accomplishing His will. When you study scripture, you will find that it sometimes takes years for the Lord to get his servants ready.
I believe that my waiting period (AKA – the year of 2020) was used to sharpen my skills and hone my resolve. The Apostle James reminds us that the testing of one’s faith produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. So I am hopeful of 2021 and grateful for 2020
While I was waiting, I worked with students (ages 18-21)with disabilities and prepared them for independent living and the workplace. I also worked in a local market (along with Valerie) – so we were both provided for throughout the pandemic.
I also was able to work on my tech skills, participate in a weekly discipleship group, and take daily bike rides along the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan.
In addition, I was able to serve at my home church (HCC) and continue to raise support for serving in Belize. Far left, I am serving with the security team. We greet, assist staff & teachers as needed, respond to emergencies, and ensure the safety of the building and grounds. In the middle photo, I am showing off my new website during a HCC Missions Fair. Far-right, I am leading our Sunday School classes in a discussion about the “Bread of life”
- Safety for Valerie, Bella and myself – we will be apart and living in three separate places
- Learning curve – I will be developing and teaching classes in a foreign country – I need to learn new material, understand a new culture & workplace, plus make new friends
- Belize – that the government will remain open to missionaries & other “non-essential” workers
- Support – I am being permitted to serve for 4 months because of the accumulation of funds since 2019. However, to be able to serve year around, I need $500.00 more in monthly donations to be safely funded and not be a burden to the BBCTC
- BBCTC – that the college and training center be effective in delivering new Christian leaders to serve in local churches and schools
- Bob & Rhonda Farley – for their continued good health and the ability to find and train quality staff to ensure sustainability of the ministry
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