An Interview with Darcel Murray and Candi Young
By Dale Graves
Darcel is the second teacher in the Belize Friends School classroom in the mornings and supports Candi. In the afternoons Darcel teaches language arts and social studies. Candi teaches in the mornings and serves as Acting Principal.
Dale Graves: (I knew that Darcel lives on the south side now, and Candi did until she bought a fixer-upper just over the river into the north side and moved there a couple years ago.) Did you grow up on the south side?
Darcel: I was born on the north side on Freetown Road and moved to the south side when I was in standard 1 or 2 (Primary school).
Candi: I was born on Caye Caulker and came into Belize City for school. I moved to the south side when I was in high school.
Dale: Do you have brothers and sisters?
Darcel: I have two sisters and one brother. I was the third child.
Candi: I have three brothers. I was the first one. (Dale: “You were the more mature one.” Both laugh and agree heartily.) Dale: Where did you go to school?
Darcel and Candi: We actually went to the same elementary school, St Joseph’s, and the same high school, St. Catherine’s Academy. (Candi graduated in 2000, Darcel in 2001.)
Dale: Did you know each other in high school?
Darcel and Candi: Only as acquaintances, to say hi as we passed each other.
Dale: What about after high school?
Darcel: I went to 6th form at St John’s Jr College and studied business administration. In two years I earned my associate’s degree.
Candi: I went to the University of Belize for one semester and then started working here when Mr. Cain offered me a job. (Side note: Mike Cain had met her from her frequent visits to the school where her cousin was a teacher.) I was secretary from January to March then became a part time teacher in language arts. In the fall of 2002, I became a regular teacher.
Darcel: After college, I worked as a cashier at Cort’s (the largest appliance retailer in Belize). I also have worked as a secretary and most recently as a collections clerk for ESSO.
Dale to Darcel: How did you find out about this opening?
Darcel: I saw the ad in the newspaper.
Dale: Darcel, I understand you played basketball in Jr College.
Darcel: Oh yes. It’s my favorite sport.
Dale: What other sports did you play?
Darcel: Softball and track and field.
Dale: Tell me about your family, do you have children?
Darcel: I have one daughter.
Candi: And, I have two boys.
Dale: We had some conversation where Darcel expressed her gratefulness for how Ms Candi has been really helpful, and Candi expressed her appreciation for Darcel’s ability to stick with it. To quote Candi, “I’ve had other teachers who had much more training and higher degrees who just walked out the door because they could not deal with our kids.”
FTC Principal Ann Riggs Concludes Her Service
Join in giving thanks for Ann Riggs’ five years of ministry at Friends Theological College. Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, Ann has:
• Nurtured and encouraged a younger generation of leaders and provided opportunities for them to develop their skills through the assignment of challenging teaching, research and administrative duties.
• Collaborated with several yearly meetings and mission sites to launch satellite campuses of FTC, to better meet the needs of nontraditional students.
• Progressed the college to the point where it is ready for “candidate” status in the accreditation process.
• Developed the college’s e-library, so that students at the satellite campuses could have access to a full theological research library.
• Initiated small business ventures to teach students entrepreneurial skills and to provide locally-sustainable income for the college.
• Taught the highest-level students and helped them achieve academic excellence.
• Recruited many visiting faculty from universities and seminaries in North America.
• Strengthened FTC’s collaborative relations with other theological colleges in East Africa. Friends have been richly blessed by Ann’s service and appreciate all that she has done.
“Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Rotary Clubs Donate Books to Belize Friends School
Bob Miller, from Cincinnati, Ohio, was part of a team that went to Belize from Wilmington Yearly Meeting in March 2012, led by Mike and Nancy McCormick. He came and helped with the repairs and installation of the second chalkboard.
During the visit Bob discovered that on Thursday of that week, Sam was to speak at the Sunrise Rotary Club. Bob, a Rotary member from Cincinnati, went along. After the speech, members asked how the Rotarians could help the school. Sam gave a few suggestions, and the Rotary Club chose the project of purchasing more books. When Bob went home, he urged the Cincinnati Rotary Club to partner with the club in Belize City.
It was a blessing to have both clubs work together to enhance the school’s library.
Robert Wafula was welcomed as the new principal of FTC during graduation on October 19. Wafula wrote on his Facebook wall, “I’m finally here where I belong.” Friends stepped up to the 21-day challenge and made it possible for Robert to be at hand for FTC’s graduation. Generosity abouds throughout FUM!
Iowa Yearly Meeting Helps Kyela Friends
The Friends of Kyela Monthly Meeting, in the far south of Tanzania on the border with Malawi, live in a flood-prone area where periodic heavy rains cause major damage. In April 2014, however, the floods were unusually destructive. Homes and crops were washed away and lives were lost. Friends in Iowa Yearly Meeting assisted the Kyela Friends to provide relief assistance to flood victims, including food, bedding, mosquito nets, clothing and the reconstruction of several homes.
Education for Esther Update
The 2014 Summer Mission goal is nearly met! As of this printing, $19,200 has been donated to this program. FUM has received many letters of appreciation from youth in East Africa.
ASHA Visits Ramallah Friends School
On Saturday, September 13, Ramallah Friends School was honored to receive a visit from the leadership of ASHA — the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program of USAID. Pictured is Katherine Crawford, ASHA Director (pictured at left, holding a plaque from the school) together with (from left to right) Farhat Muhawi, Facilities Manager; Samer Shehadeh, Board Chairman; Joyce Ajlouny, RFS Director and Mahmoud Amra, Upper School Principal. Not pictured are Gary Barrett, ASHA Senior Program Advisor and Eduardo Vargas, Deputy Director for USAID’s Office of Community and Faith-based Initiatives.
ASHA has invested nearly $10,000,000 over the last two decades in Ramallah Friends School. After making their first-ever senior staff visit to the school, the ASHA leaders reflected with gratitude on the positive impact of the school in the Palestinian community.
FUM is now registered in Palestine
After much hard work by many Palestinian F/friends, FUM is now a registered entity with the State of Palestine Ministry of Interior as a Branch of a Charitable Society / Foreign Organization. This registration (similar to 501(c)3 status in the United States) will greatly facilitate FUM’s expanding work in Palestine, beyond the confines of the Ramallah Friends School.
The text from the certificate shown here states: The Ministry of Interior does hereby certify that the society/organization: FRIENDS UNITED MEETING, whose main head office is in Al-Bireh, of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, Al-Bireh city, has been duly registered with the specialized department according to the Charitable Societies and National Organizations’ Law No. (1) of year 2000, on this day Tuesday, corresponding to 19/08/2014, under number: QR-0239-F.
Co-Principals, Sam and Becky Barber Conclude Their Service with Belize Friends School
Join in giving thanks for the Barber family’s five years of ministry in Belize. Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the Barber family:
• Gave glory to God in all things.
• Bore witness to the qualities of healthy Christian family life in all their daily interactions.
• Taught, counseled and encouraged scores of at-risk youth and witnessed to God’s transforming work in those students’ lives.
• Introduced the Alternatives to Violence Project to the country of Belize.
• Helped the school transition from all-boys to co-ed.
• Built meaningful relationships within the South Side community.
• Provided leadership within the Belize District Association of Primary School Principals.
• Gathered an Advisory Board to invite more community involvement in the school.
• Facilitated meaningful ministry experiences for numerous short-term mission teams.
Friends have been richly blessed by Sam & Becky’s service and appreciate all that they have done.
“Well done, good and faithful servants”