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Our Belize Experience: Saying “Yes” to God

By Fred and Mildred Hoskins Over the past couple of years, we have had a few thoughts that volunteering in some capacity with a Friends’ project outside the U.S. might be a fulfilling experience. However, our age (75) and other obligations kept tempering our ambitions. We originally thought, with Fred’s interest in Quaker theology, biblical history and archeology, and with…

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All Things Become New in Belize

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…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

FUM Ministry of the Month

Each month through December 2012, we will focus on a different ministry of Friends United Meeting. This “Ministry of the Month” corresponds with the FUM wall calendar that is available for $7.50 from the Friends United Press Shopping Center. April 2012 FUM Field Staff Field staff are hired by Friends United Meeting to coordinate and carry out the work of Friends…

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April FUM Ministry of the Month – Field Staff

Staff members are hired by Friends United Meeting to coordinate and carry out the work of Friends in Africa, Belize, and Ramallah. These individuals, whom we call field staff, are currently expected to raise their own ministry expenses, which include all of their office, travel/vehicle, living, communication, and deputation expenses, plus their salaries. Add fundraising to their daily duties of bringing…

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Belize History

Belize Friends Boys School is an outgrowth of a ministry begun by Ms. Sadie Vernon in the 1970s. Sadie had a vision for the youth on the south side of Belize City, Belize, which included a chance at continuing their education. Mike and Kay Cain of Indiana Yearly Meeting went to Belize to help Sadie and ended up serving over…

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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,…

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FUM Friends Celebrate the Holidays

Forty people attended the annual family “carve-in” at First Friends Church of Whittier, California, in October, transforming pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, enjoying homemade goodies, entertaining one another with improvised dramas and building a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle. Sam and Becky Barber treated students at the Belize Friends School to a Thanksgiving dinner. They were joined by a work team from Iowa who painted the…

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