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Hello From Belize!

Hello Friends! Just wanted to give you all an update on the ministry here in Belize. I know many of you have been praying for Lisa and thank you soooo much! Lisa had neck surgery in January and has been recovering. She in the past week has taken the neck brace off full time and is adjusting well. The worst problem is keeping her from doing too much because she is still recovering! Here is the most recent picture of Lisa and I!

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We had a great Holy Week and Easter! The country of Belize is very respectful of Holy Week. The school children are out of school for two weeks and on Good Friday the whole country shuts down. In fact it is illegal for businesses to be open on that day. "Easter Monday" is a family day and most businesses are closed. This year our Circuit took a bus to Cerros Beach Resort and had a day of rest and eating at the beach there!


Easter Day Family Outing!


On the way to family picnic, waiting for part of our group!



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Christmas at Libertad!

Walking from Chapel

Returning to class from Chapel!

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Christmas at Libertad!

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Calcutta Fellowship!

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Chapel Time!

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A “Not too Happy" baby!

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Libertad Children!

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Southern Hill Friends, Teddy and Eric!

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Culture day at Corozal Methodist!

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Getting into trouble, it looks like.

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Our friends who came to visit, Christine and Pam, at Libertad

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Volleyball clinic


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Christine andLibertad girls having a break

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Cultural Day.


The scouts came out to our neighborhood for a campout. It was a great time!


Mr. Orlando Williams and Grandchildren at Calcutta Fellowship.

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A wild toucan came to visit close to our house.


Easter Sunrise!

Okay, enough pictures. I have so many, but this gives you a flavor of what is going on in Belize!

We are so blessed to have friends come and help in Corozal and Libertad. Pam Seales and Christine Endicott came from KY to work with teachers and volleyball teams. What a great time! Pam applied for and was approved to begin a teaching program in Corozal and Libertad through the University of Kentucky! We are so excited to be a part of a study abroad program!

We ae also excited with the new computers and programs being implemented for our two schools. The Southern Hills UMC (our home church) is helping the circuit and we sooo appreciate Teddy, Eric and Bryan. They came in January to survey things. We also had a team from North Carolina in February who brought 10 new chrome books to kick start the program. The NC team also helped us work on the new Methodst Guest House which is up and running. The eye doctors have been here twice in 2018 and we are hosting a team from Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta next week. We also enjoyed Jim Mackey for 3 months when he came to help us with I.T. work. We are so grateful for his help. This was his third trip to Belize as a volunteer.

Please Pray for:

Lisa’s continued healing. The doctor told her she will be still healing for a year. This surgery has helped her pain and in some ways her function. She believes that God has really blessed her with a supernatural ability to rest during this time because it has always been hard for her to be still.

Our ministry here in Belize. Pray for more of the people of Belize to learn about a personal relationship with Christ. Pray for Jamie to have endurance. He is spread so thin and is responsible for many things!

For our children: Brandon, his wife Rebecca and their foster baby whom they have enjoyed for the last year. This little guy is precious! Daughter Rachel, who is in Denver and works in out patient therapy at a mental health hospital. She will soon be starting her quest for furthering her education! Daughter Becca and hubby Jared in North Carolina. Jared is on track to finish his PhD in 2 more years at NCSU. Becca was just accepted at Duke and will be starting her PhD in the fall. They are moving from Raleigh to Durham so she will be closer. Also pray for Lisa’s parents’ health. They will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary in June 2018!!

We celebrate Aldersgate Sunday this weekend and will have a couple of hundred kids and adults at the Corozal Methodist Church! Pray for safety and fun!

Peace, Lisa and Jamie

June 5, 2017

blogHello Dear Friends! We are having a ball!

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These days are going by too fast! The building of the high school is oooooh so close to being done, but with much excitement, the first class of The Belmopan Methodist High School is graduating this week. On Sunday June the 4th, Lisa and I made our way to the Valedictory Service at the Belmopan Methodist Church. What an honor to preach to these wonderful youth.


Back in 2013 Lisa asked the principal for a few students to share their story and get a photo. As a freshman in the very first class Nelson Amador was one of these students. His family immigrated from Guatemala. At the time Lisa spoke with him his dream was to be a pilot. Click here to see the older article where his story was featured. Here is a photo of him as a freshman:


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Below is Nelson’s picture on June 5, 2017 at the Valedictory Service. He is the #2 student in his class and is the salutatorian!



Nelson receiving an award

Nelson graduated Thursday, June 8 and left for Guatamaula on Friday to go to a US based Flight School!!!! We are so proud of Nelson and all the graduates of the class of 2017 of The Belmopan Methodist High School!!!!!!

Lisa spoke at the graduation service and received a gift in honor of her work for the high school! Here is her speach to the class:

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2017 Graduating Class of Belmopan Methodist High School!


Teacher Brenda Armstrong did a beautful job bringing the address to the graduates!


Minister of Education Faber brought inspiring words. He was instrumental in fulfilling the vision.


Principal Cayatano! She works tiressly to make sure the kids are educated and the building is completed!

As Lisa says, it is so cool to see how people came together from all different places and cultures to make this a reality! The Methodist Church of England and the United Methodist Church of the US teamed with the Methodist Church of Belize and the Belize government to make this project happen!!!! To God be the GLORY!!!! Special thanks to The General Board of Global Ministries who approved the “Advance” as a fund raising tool for The Belmopan High School, The Kentucky Annual Conference for it’s many generous contributions, and the all the scores of UMVIM ("United Methodist Volunteer in Mission”) teams from across the United States who gave funds/labor/prayers for these last 6 years. Bishop Roosvelt Papouloute, who headed up leadership for the project, Rev Angus Cayetano, the Belmopan Methodist Church pastor, and Mrs. Maureen Cayetano, principal of the High School should be mentioned as well.

Lisa is busy as usual with teams. Recently 3 different Wesley Foundations from Texas made their way to our part of the country, working to spruce up our schools and interacting with the kids at our schools and churches. The eye doctors were here recently as well.

Jamie stays busy doing the church things. We were so excited to complete the second year of Emmaus weekends for the "Walk to Emmaus"! It was a wonderful time! Jamie has spent an enormous amount of time over the past 3 years working on this very special project. Jamie keeps saying, “When we get past this one event, things will get back to normal.” I think this is the normal, but don’t tell him. Here are some pictures over the last few months:

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The Mobile Dental Team from Texas’ mobile unit and first part of the sleeping/storage quarters. The trusses and roof are soon to be added!


Dick Weaver working on the landscapping of the Guest Cottage at Corozal Methodist Church


Jim, Kevin, and Teamous getting er done!


Barbara and Teamous (below) at the clean up day at the church guest house. We are so fortunate to have them in our church and community!

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We are so excited to have our baby girl, Becca Cook with us for a week! We miss you Jared!

We want to say a great big thank you to the Kentucky Annual Conference for including the Camp Ground Project for the Belize Methodist Church during the upcoming Annual Conference. We are very excited about this camp! The Kentucky Annual Conference has been so generous and we are honored to be a part of my home, The Kentucky Annual Conference.

Well, that is the update! We will post more pictures of the graduation.

Please be in prayer for our children Rachel, Becca, and Brandon as well as our son- and daughter- in-law, Jared and Rebecca. We have added a new foster “grandchild” to the family. It is so fard to be away from them. Thanks to everybody. Peace!

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