Belize 2016 Belize the Gospel

IMG_8857IMG_9158IMG_8853IMG_9080IMG_9049 IMG_8858IMG_8973IMG_8976IMG_8967IMG_8988IMG_9008IMG_9009IMG_9024IMG_9011IMG_9028IMG_9030IMG_9045 IMG_9052IMG_9081IMG_9067IMG_9078IMG_9085IMG_9079IMG_9132IMG_9091IMG_9133IMG_9140IMG_9139IMG_9141IMG_9142IMG_9135IMG_9143 IMG_9146IMG_9159IMG_9161IMG_9148IMG_9163IMG_9149IMG_9162 IMG_9136IMG_9137IMG_9128IMG_9138IMG_9160IMG_9157 IMG_9036IMG_9034 IMG_9055IMG_9096IMG_9073IMG_9095IMG_9125IMG_9093IMG_9072IMG_9100 IMG_8998IMG_8988IMG_8982IMG_8964IMG_9002IMG_8981IMG_8993IMG_9006 This year we were invited to Belize by our friend in co-laborer for the Gospel, Nate Steur. Nate and his wife and family moved there 8 months ago, believing that God had arranged things in their life in such a way that they could be used in a new place in serving the Lord. After Nate and his wife had visited Belize they both felt this was where God was willing that they serve Him, in a foreign land, with a great need for sharing the Gospel in the markets where the people are and to help in a local church in whatever their needs are. Belize, contrary to what many believe, is not an island nor one of the small countries near Russia. It is a small Central American country South of Mexico and next to Guatemala. It has a very diverse ethnic population. Mayans, Garifuna, Ketchi, Hispanic, Mennonites, and an increasing number of retired or disgruntled Americans. Many can speak enough English to buy and sell, but they read in their own language. Nate has been tremendously blessed by various ministries like Wycliff and Chapel Library, in printing and shipping religious literature in their native tongue. With their help, and with the help of others who want to see the Gospel advanced, who help pay the shipping costs, Nate can provide Bibles or gospel of John in their own language. Mike Stockwell and Robert Gray of “ Cross Country Evangelism” and myself flew into Belize City, and Nate drove us to his home in Punta Gorda, 5 hours away. We were privileged during our 12 days there to preach the Gospel in Punta Gorda, Independence, Dangriga, Belmopan, St. Ignacio, and Belize City. Many people listened, and a large amount of Christian literature was distributed. There were countless conversations. The people there are very open. I was asked to pray with and for numerous men, for healing, for strength, for family men. Of course the first thing is always to talk much of Jesus and pray that God in His mercy would grant them repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. The people of Belize are religious, believing in God, fearing God and many have a respect for God’s Word being preached. Never once did we hear someone from Belize grumble or complain about sharing the Gospel although we did hear from some Americans who would have had us silenced if they could. There are some good Christian churches and we attended one near Punta Gorda and one near Dangriga. Many, Many do not attend a good church and hence live their life in sin, not even aware that Jesus came into the world to save sinners. There is much religion on display; word of faith tent meetings, Roman Catholicism, Mennonites, and mostly a mix of man-centered organizations professing to be Christian. Accordingly there is much sexual immorality, idolatry, and drunkenness. So we preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We preach the Gospel in faith knowing it is – the power of God unto salvation to those who are saved. And unlike many Americans, the people of Belize don’t necessarily think it is foolishness, they just have a lack of knowledge in the sinfulness of sin and the holiness of God, and the judgment to come. How will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? To be sure, the people there are sinners deserving of the wrath of God. And God would speak through a man named Paul saying, “Such were some of you”. We were blessed and privileged to preach the Gospel there. We have now returned to the U.S. Nate and his family remain, being spent there for Christ’s sake. Please join me in prayer that God will use our labors in Belize for His glory and draw many there to His Son. May the knowledge of the truth bring many to a godly sorrow for their sin leading to repentance. And may the Holy Spirit continue working there, protecting the seeds that were planted, softening hearts, and bringing about true conversions. If you would like to hear more of Nate Steur’s missionary work, or if you would like in shipping Christian material there, his face book is :

Belizethegospel

His website is

 www.belizethegospel.wordpress.com

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