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2011 Highlights and 2012 Hopes for Belize Friends School

By Sam Barber, Belize Friends School co-principal

Let’s first review a few highlights from 2011. In March we had a group visit from College Avenue Friends, Iowa. They painted the fence, built new stairs and a landing and held an optometric clinic at the school. Later in March a group came from Bethel Friends, Indiana. They painted the upstairs classroom, the outside of the building and held an after-school program. In September we found out that 95 percent of our 2011 graduates made it to high school. For three years in a row, over 90 percent of our graduates have been enrolled in high school. October was the month we hosted AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project).The first week was the basic course for our students. The next week was the basic and advanced course held at the University of Belize. There was such an overwhelming response to this. Many different people want AVP back to learn how to be facilitators. November brought a team from Iowa Yearly Meeting. They scraped and painted the lower classroom that has been chipping and peeling since Hurricane Richard. These teams are an integral part of our ministry. We invite each one of you to come to Belize and see firsthand the work you are doing at the Friends School and in the Belize City community.

As I look forward to 2012, there are a few things that I would like to see happen. First is the success of our students. My hope and prayer is that they all do well on the PSE (Primary School Examination). I also pray that they will not be afraid of the hard work this will require. Second is the expansion of the school. I would love to see the school filled with so many students that we have to start a waiting list. Finally is that Jesus would be glorified. God’s Word tells us, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) In 2012 I want to be a worker in the harvest and I invite you to join me in the field.