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Open Door Bible Church

Serving In Belize
July 7, 2012
Community: Benque

Safe Arrival!

by Staff | July 9, 2012 3:33 PM

Saturday we arrived safely to Belize and right on time, we managed to drive up to the Youth hostel and spent some time with the young people and just speaking to them about having a good time with christ and also sharing our life story. After being out there we headed out to Cheers restaurant and had the most awesome burrito and finally made our way to our lodging ground. Great day and a wonderful start to our week! We hope to provide you with updates every other day at a minimum with our current wifi connections! Stay tuned!
Safe Arrival!

Sunday Church Service!

by Shannon Simonton | July 9, 2012 11:09 PM

On Sunday morning, we boarded the bus and drove to Benque where we attended church at Benque Baptist Church and we were inspired by Pastor Luis message that said that God has a plan for all of us! While Pastor was preaching, the youth helped teach Sunday School to 7 eager children. We were blessed by their smiles and their genuine love. After church, we stopped by the construction site where we are going to be working this week. It was so exciting to see the site and meet the people we will be working with. This is going to be an exciting week!
Sunday Church Service!

House Visits

by Shannon Simonton | July 9, 2012 11:17 PM

On Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, we were blessed with the opportunity to go home to home and visit the Belizean people! We carried with us Bibles, first aid kits, tracks and the Love of Jesus. There were so many needs in the town that we saw, both physical and spiritual and we did the best we could (with Gods help of course!) to meet those needs. During house visits we also invited many children to Vacation Bible School and many adults to SALT training. This week is already looking exciting and we cannot wait to see what else God does!!!
House Visits

First Day of VBS! YES!

by Shannon Simonton | July 9, 2012 11:35 PM

Today was our first day of VBS! We loved seeing the children run into the church with smiling faces and eager hearts. We taught them about the seven days of creation, sang songs, made necklaces, played kick ball, and ate snacks! Our hearts were touched when they gave us hugs and wouldn't leave our sides; it was so difficult getting them to leave. Tomorrow we are expecting even more children and we are looking forward to building upon the relationships that we have already started.
First Day of VBS! YES!

Playing Kickball

by Shannon Simonton | July 9, 2012 11:40 PM

We had such a fun time playing kick ball! Our shirts were practically drenched in sweat!
Playing Kickball

Construction on the Roof

by Shannon Simonton | July 10, 2012 11:46 PM

Work work work work!! This morning was full of lifting, carrying, nailing, and sweating! The guys worked super hard helping Pastor Pacheco finish his church. The construction is almost finished; all that is left is to put up the zinc roofing and bless the church. We are so excited to see this three year project come to a close.
Construction on the Roof

The Church

by Shannon Simonton | July 10, 2012 11:47 PM

Here is a picture of the Church that the men have been working on all week!
The Church

The Mayan Ruins

by Shannon Simonton | July 10, 2012 11:56 PM

What an exciting morning we had today!! After a 40 minute walk up hill, we finally reached the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. What a site to see. We immediately went to the tallest ruin and climbed the steep steps to the top. When we got there, we were shocked by the beautiful scenery. Oh! And in addition to that, we saw Howler monkeys jumping from tree to tree. The entire experience was such a great cultural experience.
The Mayan Ruins

On Top of the Ruins

by Shannon Simonton | July 10, 2012 11:57 PM

Here is a picture from on top of the ruins! We told you it was a great view.
On Top of the Ruins

Second Day at VBS

by Shannon Simonton | July 11, 2012 12:11 AM

Today at Vacation Bible School we used Adam and Eve to talk about how we are sinful beings. To better illustrate this, we poured baby powder into a rectangle that we made out of tape. The baby powder represented our sin,and the rectangle represented the gap that separates us fro God. Next, we challenged the kids to walk across the baby powder without getting the "sin" on their shoes. Well surprise! They couldn't do it. Every single one of them had baby powder on their shoes. Tomorrow we are going to share how they get be free of their sin and walk eternally with Jesus Christ!
Second Day at VBS

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Dan and Dylan Kuehmichel

July 12, 2012 6:20 PM

Hello Becky ! Miss you very much my Love. Did you whup up on those men that they were able to get so much done? Did you help with any construction? So anxious to here all the tales and regales of this past week from this amazing adventure. Did you handle the flight well? Enjoy the last day and soak up the the humidity and bring some back as we are near drought conditions here. Muah x0x0x0 see you in 30 hrs !!

Cheryl Livingston

July 12, 2012 3:44 PM

Hi Gina and Paul. I am sure God is using you in Mighty ways. I love you both and can't wait to hear your stories. We will talk to you soon. Love, Mom and Dad

Lisa Disbrow

July 12, 2012 9:53 AM

Good morning Vika and Laura The week is almost over- I hope your cup runneth over of Gods blessings. It is a beautiful day here, just wanted to say we are praying for all of you and the Belizean folks that have heard Gods truths. Be strong, be mindful and fully present! Hugs and love to you~


July 12, 2012 8:09 AM

Mommy & Sara I miss you. I was looking down the driveway a long time yesterday just waiting for you to come get me. I am trying to be good and don't understand why grandma keeps giving me baths....3 baths in 3 days is a little over the top! I love you!


July 12, 2012 7:38 AM

Hello to the team! Been praying that everyone be blessed with good health and a "God experience". Vika, I thought of you yesterday while I was floating in the pool. I can tell by the pictures that you are such a blessing to the children. Your joy is so contagious, and God's love definitely flows through you! I prayed He would keep you safe and well, that he would give you peace if you were homesick, and that you would see Him in a whole new way! Jeanne, this morning I thought of you. I prayed for good health and endurance, for a special time with your son, and for God to reveal himself in new ways to you! I also prayed for Randy, being apart from his spouse. I've been praying for the people, that their hearts would be open to receive the message, and that they would see Christ in each and every one of you. I am filled with joy for all of you and what God is doing. Looking forward to what you have to share!! Your sis in Christ.

Carol Sells

July 12, 2012 6:59 AM

Its been wonderful seeing the pictures and knowing a little more about your experiences...thank you! Thank you for your hearts for service and sharing God's love. Can't believe its just two days left! Looks like you will miss the nice cool weather here and that warmth will follow you home. I miss you and love you, Russ. Bunker REALLY misses you!

Tori wilson

July 11, 2012 9:59 PM

Becky and Sara, we are so happy that you have gotten to go on this special journey together. God is doing such wonderful things there in Belize through you. I know you will have wonderful things to share with us all when you get back. We look forward to seeing you when you get back. We love you very much and are praying for you everyday.

Michele Mitchell

July 11, 2012 9:37 PM

Hello my team!! I am so sad to not be with you in Belize. I am reading about your days of ministry and so very proud. You have invested so much in these relationships and of course the church building! Stay strong these next few days as God continues to use you in Mighty Mighty ways. Much love!!!

Deb Schmidt

July 11, 2012 5:39 PM

OK, Joe and John. All star game....National league won 8-0. Looking like you are continuing some awesome work there in Belize. The church is LOOKING GOOD!! Weather starting to warm up here and clear blue skies continue. Wondering how Reid, Jenny, Tim, Laura and Russ are holding up?? Praying daily for you and your endurance. You are all such an inspiration to me. God is using you in so many ways to glorify Himself. That is just so great!! John and Joe, love you and missing you VERY much......house not the same without you here. Keep sharing those Spirit filled hearts.

Grandpa and Grandma Richard

July 11, 2012 7:35 AM

Vika --So glad to know you are at your destination and actively involved in the " mission" work. What an awesome experience for you to serve our GREAT GOD in this way. It is much cooler here than back home and we watched the fireworks display in our light jackets ! Blueberries are ripe and thimbleberries "your favorite" are begiining as well. Well we are praying for you everyday and so far it sounds like you are doing very similar things like we have done without translators? Remember that the Bible says to"trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path". By doing this you will be amazed how God will lead you in unexplainable situations to glorify Himself. That's what being used by God is all about!! We will be anxious to hear how God uses you and your team to glorify Himself in Belize. Love you G & G

Nicky Schulze

July 11, 2012 6:49 AM

Waddup Team?!? It's so great to read about what God is doing with/through you. I love seeing the pics - good memories!!! Pretty cool to see the church building progressing. Say hello to our friends in Benque for me. I'm praying for you. Be strong & courageous. Love you!

Kim Sells

July 11, 2012 3:58 AM

Hey Mike! We miss you and enjoy your incredible pictures! A word from Moira about the tracts. You are to drop them off at the Maya Island Air office at the airport on Friday. Office is above the check in area at the airport. Francoise will not be there Friday. If office is closed, someone at the ticket counter could take the tracts! We are praying for you daily and are so proud of you! Love and hugs! Kim, Caleb, Jordan and Emily


July 10, 2012 9:29 PM

Hey Jenny L., Just wanted to let you know, I was thinking about you all day today and you were in my prayers! I hope all is going well with you and that precious little baby! Also, prayed that God would help you during the remainder of the time being away from your two (or should I say three) boys back at home!!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip! Anya

Deb Schmidt

July 10, 2012 4:56 PM

Hello team!! The weather here remains dry and in the70's/80's. No rain in sight!. Happy to see the pictures. What a great looking group of God's servants:) Looking forward to hearing how God is working through you. I love hearing how the kids just won't leave your side! They see God in you and you have so much to share...each of you having your unique spiritual gifts. Your hearts must be just bursting with the Spirit! John and Joe, I love you and miss you. Prince Fielder won the homerun derby. Tim and Laura, prayers continue. Seth, YOU are an inspiration to me to want to seek out God more and more every day. THANK YOU!!! Team, be strong and keep on sharing your love of Jesus.

Jason Borton

July 10, 2012 12:20 PM

Seth, Jeanne and Team. We are praying for you all as you serve in Belize and share the amazing Love of Christ with amazing people. Praying that God will spark in your hearts a deep seeded love for Him and desire to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth for all your days. Praying Ephesians 3:20 " Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to the spirit that is at work in you."

Dan and Dylan Kuehmichel

July 10, 2012 9:34 AM

Hello Belizian missions team! We dearly miss you and take great comfort in knowing that our most awesome LORD GOD is doing an amazing work through the willing servants of you all. We pray diligently for you all to be transformed by the power of HIS mighty hand working through you this week. I would have loved to have joined you. Where I was weak, you were strong and there you are. GOD bless this team! Dyl and I are enjoying our time together, the house is still standing, the garden is growing and producing abundantly. No doubt from HIS hand. Went swimming and fishing and helped Grandpa and grandma water their little trees and lilacs. Today is work day in the living room as well as tomarrow. Plan to have it ready for weekend of hanging drywall on the ceiling. Did we mention that we miss you Becky and Sara terribly so! I amble around looking for you and neither are there. Dan Hi mom and Sara miss and love you both! See you both soon! Dylan

Ruth Schueller

July 10, 2012 6:45 AM

Good Morning Becky & Sara! It is a wonderful 64 degrees outside this morning....we are saving the 'hot' weather for when you get back. Sorry this took so long; we had the wrong password. Daniel tried to send something yesterday as well. I am a 'little green' thinking about all the opportunities God is giving you to serve. I will continue to uphold you in prayer as He works in and through you for 'HIS GOOD PURPOSE' May you be strengthen with might by His Spirit; may Christ dwell in your hearts by faith; May you know the love of Christ and filled with all the fullness of God. I look forward to hearing more of your adventures when you return home.

Deb Schmidt

July 9, 2012 10:19 PM

Hello to all of you on the team! You have been in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day. John, love you and missing you. Praying for you and hoping you got to see and talk with Ricky. Please take pictures of your excursion! Joe, several packages arrived for you today:) Praying God is working through you to share His Good News. Laura, thank you for the nice card I received today. I am thankful you and Tim were called by God to be there this year. Praying you are doing well and feeling God's presence through your work. To each team member, I pray that each day you are seeing opportunities to share God's love in even the smallest ways. I look forward to hearing the stories of your experiences. God is good and has called each of you to be there for His purpose. Hugs and prayers.


July 9, 2012 9:09 PM

Sweet Laura, I got your card today, in the mail....What a wonderful Surprise!!!! You have no idea what that meant to me! It felt so good to know, that I was thought of and prayed for! I said a prayer for you when I got it! I love you! Give Seth a hug for me and let everyone know that I am praying for you all! Oh, and Seth....I LOVE YOU!!! :)

Brad Disbrow

July 9, 2012 8:31 PM

We miss you, Sweet Pea! We are saying many prayers and hoping that you are strong and overcoming any/all obstacles and challenges that you face. Trust in the Lord! And remember your motto - Its not about me. Can't wait till you get home and tell us all about it. Loveyou lots. -PaPa

Lisa Disbrow

July 9, 2012 8:20 PM

HEllo SWEET PEA ( Vika) Penny is doing better(, where are her xtra shirts) We heard about the the event on the plane from Atlanta to Belize. You made it ! Be well, Work hard, Let yourself be used by God , We all love you and are praying for you and the team. Hello to Gina and her mom!

Karen Will

July 9, 2012 1:46 PM

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people. The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world…” Colossians 1:3,6

randy meeks

July 9, 2012 12:36 PM

Jeanne I know God will use greatly during this time. i"m still praying for you . Love randy

Char Grover

July 9, 2012 12:18 PM

It's a beautiful morning here in sunny Wisconsin. 70 degrees and breezy. My heart and spirit smile as I think of you all in Belize, being obedient to his word in reaching the world with His gospel. I'm excited for the fellowship you will have with God and one another, and I'm excited for how God is going to use you! This morning I prayed for each and every one of you. You are on my heart, in my thoughts, and in my prayers.


July 9, 2012 10:51 AM

Daddy, I love you!


July 9, 2012 10:48 AM

I miss you dad! Have a good trip. I love you and I hope you have some good friends there. I hope that you have good stuff there.


July 9, 2012 10:47 AM

Hi Dad, Sorry you didn't get to be here on my birthday. I hope you have a good time and learn more about Jesus through this trip. Love, Judah

Nate Meeks

July 9, 2012 10:46 AM

Hi dad, how are you doing? Did you get sunburned yet? Only 4 more days until i see you again. Love you. Love, Nate

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