Belize Mission

This year is the eighth year the College has sponsored our Belize mission. Tomorrow morning, another group of students, staff, faculty, and friends of the College will travel to Belize to continue our partnership with healthcare, community health, and education initiatives in rural Belize. During that time, over 200 people from the College have traveled and participated in our partnerships in Belize.

Last night, I, Andrew Bolger, shared a meal with some of our closest partners and friends, Walter and Noelia Leonardo. As we talked, I realized how much life I have shared with this family from a community thousands of miles and multiple international borders away. This experience is not unique and a hallmark of our mission work. We partner, support, and engage long-term in the relationships with the Belizeans. We see their children grow up, and they see ours grow-up as well.

As time continues and the Kingdom of God increasingly appears in ways we can discern it, I know that these Belizean friends will continue to proclaim a coming King who will conquer and restore, because their encourage me every time I come as they engage suffering and support their communities. I look forward to introducing you to our friends over the next week and describing the ways God is active before us, among us, and with our Belizean friends.

As we walk into this week, I invite you to meditate with us as we look Jesus’ first sermon, Matthew 5, as our devotional guide this week.

Peace and Grace,
Andrew T. Bolger

Click on the image of the plane below to watch a slide show from a recent trip we took last year.

Click this image to watch a recent video from our Belize Mission.

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Jars of Clay – Day 1

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

BELIZE MISSION TRIP 2017

Day One

 

  • Invite God to open your heart and mind to His Word.
  • Read the passage below (2 Corinthians 3) at least once.

2 Corinthians 3:12-18

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.  17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

  • Carefully consider and answer these questions about the passage:
    • What is the “veil” Paul refers to in this passage? Is it literal or figurative, or both?
    • How does Paul describe “the Lord” here? Why does he use this language?
    • The word translated “beholding” in verse 18 is literally “reflecting.” How does this word help us understand how we are “transformed into the same image (i.e., of God in Christ)”?
  • Prayerfully write down what you found meaningful in this passage.
Jars of Clay
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