The days are indeed passing by quickly and here we are almost at the end of the first month of the New Year and with it the daily affairs of life as we seek to serve and glory our risen Savior and faithful Lord! I returned to California the week after our After Christmas Outreach events to have a follow-up examination with an eye specialist to begin treatment for the beginning stages of glaucoma. While there I was able to share my testimony with the guys at the Men’s Breakfast at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace. Recalling the wonderful works of God in my life in drawing me to Him is always a huge boost of encouragement knowing that the good work that He has started He will be faithful and will complete. I was energized, rested and ready for the task ahead of following Him where ever He leads, whenever He calls, to whomever He directs me to. That was tested immediately as I sought to fly back to Belize and missing 8 back to back flights with my stand-by travel status which through off my schedule by a day and had to readjust others schedules as well. I soon found out the reason as I met a young man who was sitting reading his Bible as he was coming back to the Lord after a season of backsliding. After encouraging him in the Word and praying for him we enjoyed sweet fellowship and I got on the last flight for the day; 10 hours in the airport was worth it to see this young man restored in fellowship with Jesus and my resolved confirmed.
Lighthouse Christian Radio Ministry:
Ron Huinik from Galcom International, Canada was waiting for me in Belize and my delay enabled him one more day to get another Christian Radio up and running; it was off to the island to have the new guide-wires installed at Lighthouse Christian Radio. Ron was with the crew from Galcom who installed our tower and guide wires 4 years ago. It was quite a shock to see how these strong cables had rusted to the condition they were in and I was reminded of the similarity of rust and sin; if left un-dealt with it will destroy even the strongest. We are so grateful for Ron who used his vacation time from his regular job in Canada to journey down to help 3 Christian Radio stations in Belize. Thank you Lord for Galcom and the many who made that possible!
Edler Blas, who served for a year as my assistant overseeing the operations at
Lighthouse Christian Radio, will be leaving to return to his home country of Nicaragua in a few days. I met Edler over 5 years ago shortly after he became a Christian and moved to Belize where he worked as a construction worker. He quickly became a friend in spite of the language barrier and developed a father/son relationship as he adopted me as his Belizean father. He expressed a desire to know God’s Word so we were able to send him to the Bible College at the Calvary Chapel San Salvador for a year and then returned to Belize to serve in the ministry. Due to family’s health issues Edler decided to return to Nicaragua. He will be greatly missed as he has been a great help to me in so many area which lighten my load and enabled me to be away from the radio station for periods of time. He also taught a weekly Spanish Bible study and has been discipling Juan Carlos, our student intern who lived with him in the staff apartment. Please pray for Edler as he continues to pursue the Lord and follow His lead for the next season of his life!
We are blessed to be a part of the lives of many who has served at the Lighthouse and seeing how the Lord has used their time here to prepare them for their future ministry and life. One such person is Dennis Requena who I met in 1999 and soon after he asked if I would be his father since he lost his father at a very early age. He worked alongside of me from the inception of the radio station in 2003 and served for 5 years. He married Lorena and moved to the mainland where he a teacher at Roaring Creek Nazarene Primary School and now he is the proud father of Jonathon Alexander who was born on January 8.
Elmer Montero, our full time paid Belizean staff, expressed to me recently how much it has helped him being at Lighthouse. He was working as a landscaper during the day and attending school in the evening. He came on staff and worked for a few hours between his day job and night school which was a very crazy schedule for him. We took a step of faith and offered him full time work with us as we needed someone with his computer skills and could do the daily Newscast in English. He had no previous experience but jumped in and learned and is now training others. Elmer is now attending the Jr. College and will receive his Associate of Arts degree in December of this year in Business Administration and hope to start his own business. We’re grateful to the Lord to be able to raise up and assist those that He directs to serve alongside of us.
On a personal note:
Jesus said that the fields are ripe for the harvest and the laborers are few. I amever so mindful of that reality over the years and especially seeing the growing needs in the community and if I was to be very bold and honest, I’d say that it is overwhelming and discouraging. We need help and cannot continue like this with so much to do and not enough people and resources to get it done effectively and efficiently. So would you please pray that the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into the harvest field in San Pedro Town and in the meantime, give me wisdom on what to do and not do. Also, please pray about financially supporting me as my monthly support has dropped considerable over the past 6 months. I don’t like to talk about it or mention it but feel the necessity to let you know. I will be more than glad to share with you personally how you can come alongside of the many that benefit from the monthly support that I receive; 3 High School students, student intern allowance, etc.
Upcoming Events & Prayer Request:
Jan. 29: Edler Blas leaves Belize for Nicaragua by bus.
Please pray for safety in travel, direction and wisdom for next step in his life, provision and protection.
Please pray for Elmer and John (volunteer for 3 months) during the transition period in Edler’s departure.
Jan. 29: Annual Justice of the Peace Association Meeting, Belize City
Jan. 30: Preliminary Hearing of Homosexual lawsuit of Belize Government
Supreme Court case will be set; pray for wisdom for all involved in defending the constitution of Belize.
Feb. 10 -12: Invited to One Conference in Miami, Florida.
Please pray for provision and needed encouragement/fellowship.
Feb. 17 – 21: NRB Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
Please pray for divine appointments and contacts for radio ministry.
Feb. 22 -29: Mark Seignious, Associate Professor of Communication at Northwestern College doing lectures at San Pedro High and Broadcasting Seminar for high school and Jr. College students at Lighthouse.
Please continue to pray for me that I may truly fulfill God’s purposes for having me in Belize and doing what He has called me to do; nothing more, nothing less and nothing else! Thank you for your continual prayers and financial support, every little bit counts and I am very grateful!
Contact Information in Belize:
PO Box 653
Lighthouse Christian Radio FM 101.3
PO Box 166
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye
Belize, Central America
Clive Welsh and Lighthouse Caribbean Christian Ministry
Contact Information in US:
Tax deductible donation-
Saving Grace World Mission
17451 Bastanchury Rd. #203
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
In Memo: Welsh or Belize General!
Or, online donation: www.sgwm.com/welsh
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