December 22, 2009

December Update


It is amazing how quickly the year has passed. 2009 has truly been a tremendous time as God has done so much in our lives and ministry. There were so many things that seemed impossible yet God made it possible, and opportunities provided by God that without Him would have never been available. Most of all lives have been forever changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His love and salvation.

Throughout this year it has been such a blessing to work with a number of different teams, ministries, and individuals who came to share the love of Christ in Belize. So many great and mighty things have been accomplished through the dedicated “hands-on” work of those who came to Belize and used their talents and abilities for the ministry of the Lord. We are not only grateful for the laborers, but also for those of you who so faithfully pray for the work and ministry in Belize. It is in the prayer closet that you are affecting both time and eternity. We especially thank the Lord for your gifts and offerings to the ministry enabling the work to not only continue but to expand and grow. Currently there are several needs that we would like you to pray with us about. Some of the specific needs are: 1) Thompson Chain reference Bibles for our pastors; 2) sound systems and generators for 3 new churches; 3) a van to transport people to and from church services, transport teams, and to be used for food distribution; 4) finances to purchase a house for our family; and 5) ten villages who are asking for us to establish a church in their location.

One young lady in particular came to Belize with her family this past summer to help with several aspects of the ministry. After returning to the states she was so burdened for the people of Belize that she began to think of what she could do to continue to help the people. Bethany Kirkland, 12, of Van Buren, AR put her creative talent to work and has been making beautiful (and very professional looking) greeting cards for all occasions. Bethany sells these cards at craft shows, church events, etc. with the proceeds going to support the ministry in Belize. Thank you Bethany for your service to the Lord and your heart for the people of Belize!

We would also like to thank the people of Crestline Church in Birmingham, AL for their wonderful generosity during this holiday season. The pastor and members of Crestline have purchased Christmas gifts for all of the children at our church in More Tomorrow and shipped them to Belize. We are looking forward to a wonderful celebration of
Jesus’ Birthday with these children, and we hope to have some great photos to share with you next month.

The Lord continues to move in the villages of San Isidro and San Pablo. In addition to the 6 people that were baptized and 8 children that were dedicated last month, there are several other new Christians who will be baptized in the next few weeks. Also, this Sunday there will be another child dedication service as more parents who are coming to the Lord want to commit their children to God and teach them to love and follow Him.

As far as Gaither family news, the Gaithers are busy decorating the Christmas tree...again…and again…and again. It is a daily event with a curious 10 month old in the house. Micah is certain he must taste each ornament and no one can convince him otherwise. Brandon is working on getting his driver’s permit. We thought Micah in a walker was bad, now we have Brandon in a car! Randy and Sheila? Well, we are just hanging in there enjoying the ride and thanking God every day that He is in control.

Thank you for being a part of making this year such a success through your prayers, love, encouragement, and giving! We would also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Randy, Sheila, Brandon, and Micah Gaither