Part of the Lord's plan for 2014, for the beautiful people of Belize, included a visit from a short-term mission team from Charis Bible College in Colorado. In early February, a group of second-year students from CBC, led by college instructors, Dan and Penny Funkhouser and third-year intern, Fred Johnson, had the opportunity to minister in the coastal nation of Central America.
The students' travels brought them to Belize City where they joined CBC graduates and missionaries, Craig and Tina Rumbley, the Directors of Charis Bible Institute (CBI), a CBC extension school in Belize. Over the course of a week, the Rumbleys exposed the team from Colorado to all sorts of ministry opportunities, from sharing at CBI and five different churches, to ministering in schools, hospitals and markets. The students had multiple chances to share what the Lord had revealed to them over their time at CBC. The students even had the chance to broadcast the Gospel over the air waves when they visited a local radio station.
One memorable moment for second-year student, Connie March, came when the team visited an area hospital. During a trip through the pediatric department, the team stopped to pray with several mothers and their sick babies. Many of the babies were suffering with harsh coughing symptoms associated with pneumonia. Moments after the team began to minister, the babies stopped coughing. Some began to play quietly with toys the team had brought, and others simply went to sleep.
Katie Poitevint, also a CBC-Colorado student (one readers may remember from a previous post) shared some highlights from her experience in Belize, still with the excitement of the trip fresh in her mind. Katie and several team members ministered to Barry, a 16-year-old young man, who had been born completely deaf in his left ear. Barry had answered the team's altar call after a church service they held in Belize City. As the team prayed, Barry was set free from his hearing impairment. Katie was also part of a group that witnessed the complete restoration of hearing for another individual. The second healing opened the ear of a church pastor's wife. Katie said, "Jesus is a healer and there is power in His name!"
For another student, Natalyn Sanders, the trip solidified something precious to her—confirmation that she can hear God. On the team's visit to a youth hostel, Natalyn was approached and asked to be ready share something. Natalyn said, "At the time, I had nothing in mind, but I prayed, and God reminded me of an important decision I made at age 12. Although I did not get to share my testimony, God revealed to me that I was in line with what He was doing that morning. He had given me Jeremiah 29:11 to encourage the youth. Well, all those who did get to speak that morning had messages and testimonies that referenced Jeremiah 29. Pat, who is one of the instructors at the Charis Bible Institute in Belize, kept making eye-contact with me and smiling because she knew what God had given me from Jeremiah. I heard from God regarding the direction He was taking things to bless the youth that morning." She went on to say, "There is no reason to fret when we are willing to be used by God. The Word is inside of us. I learned that I don't need to rehearse anything. The Holy Spirit will bring to my remembrance all that I need to speak—the Word of God that is always in due season."