By Sam Barber, Belize Friends School co-principal
Belize is currently in the middle of its municipal and national elections. Neither of the major parties is satisfied with what has been done in the past, and there is great anticipation and hope for the next government. To garner people’s votes, roads are being repaired, utility rates are reduced and many promises are being made to the people. Many are feeling they finally have a chance to make a change.
It reminds me of what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (KJV).
It is the same with me. I see hope all around me. I see it with the facilitators of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). They have hope and have energized me. I also see it in the participants of the AVP workshops. They have hope that they can change Belize into a less-violent country.
For me, spiritual vitality comes from many places. Most important is the time I spend with God in prayer, devotions and reading the Bible. I can feel the difference in my spirit if I neglect these daily times of spiritual renewal. I also see and feel renewal from the interest we get from Friends across FUM. The support from prayer, financial support, visits and correspondence really lifts our spirits on a difficult day. It keeps me encouraged.
The greatest desire I have is for Belize to become a Christ-centered, peaceful country. I know that it will not happen until the hearts of many people are softened. I also would like to see Belize Friends School be a beacon of God’s love and education for his children. Currently we are serving about 20 kids, which puts us around 75 percent capacity. Students are coming to us from the Department of Human Services, transfers, children who truancy officers have caught up with, along with our traditional students. Seeing God work in so many ways gives me a sense of renewal.