Holy Land division—Obama’s parting shot?

PRAYER ALERT on Holy Land division. At Christmas time—or Hanukah if you prefer—Israel may get a most unwanted gift. Jimmy Carter wrote in a New York Times editorial that President Barack Obama should push for a Holy Land division before he leaves office. Carter has advocated a Palestinian state ever since he negotiated peace between […] Continue reading →

Sports outreach plan for incoming harvests

PRAYER ALERT on sports outreach plan. The government’s gender policy presently focuses on reducing the harm done by domestic violence, child abuse, and kids’ involvement in sex, drugs and crime. Last week at the Church-State Commission meeting, church leaders proposed that we should also focus on preventing the harm. The government asked us for a […] Continue reading →

Gender policy revised again with church input

BELIZE JOURNAL PT. 2 on gender policy revised. On November 22 the new Church-State Commission met to have the still offensive government gender policy revised as promised. The Prime Minister had accepted 95% of the churches’ recommended changes in 2014. Only 30% of those changes were included in the revision we finally received, after repeated […] Continue reading →

Holding Trump accountable to his promises

PRAYER ALERT on holding Trump accountable. On November 8 a record turnout of evangelicals helped boost Donald Trump to a surprising victory in the November 8 US presidential elections. This despite the fact that 4 in 10 evangelicals admitted they were “reluctant to vote for either Trump or Clinton” just before the election. Prayer likely […] Continue reading →

US election global impact may last decades

PRAYER ALERT on US election global impact. On Tuesday the US will elect its next president. Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will become the most powerful political leader in the world. The US election global impact is such that the president’s decisions will reverberate globally for decades and possibly generations to come. Trump or Clinton […] Continue reading →

Partial birth abortion high on Clinton agenda

PRAYER ALERT on partial birth abortion. Hillary Clinton’s appointees as Supreme Court judges would overturn the 2003 law against partial birth abortion. The Supreme Court upheld that law in 2007 by only a vote of 5-4. Partial birth abortion kills babies even while they are being born. Clinton also plans to keep forcing taxpayers to […] Continue reading →

Rudy Giuliani cites Hillary for 15 crimes

PRAYER ALERT on Rudy Giuliani cites. Rudy Giuliani is a former New York City Mayor and US attorney for the Southern District of New York. Giuliani prosecuted high-profile cases against the Mafia and against corrupt corporate bankrollers. One year ago he identified 15 crimes that Hillary Clinton may have committed in her private email server […] Continue reading →

November 8 vote expected to shake the world

BELIZE JOURNAL PT.1 on November 8 vote. Lately observers have lamented how the issues have been overshadowed by the offensive personas of the presidential candidates. There’s much to say about that, but it has already been said. There’s not enough said about the crucial stances on issues that we must hold the candidates accountable to. […] Continue reading →

UNCAC —roadmap to recovery for Belize?

PRAYER ALERT for UNCAC. On October 6th the Government of Belize (GOB) bowed to one key demand of both business and labor unions. GOB agreed to sign UNCAC, the UN Convention Against Corruption, on December 9. Some union leaders immediately criticized the two month delay as another stalling tactic. But the Belize Chamber of Commerce […] Continue reading →

Debt grows as corruption spreads in Belize

PRAYER ALERT on debt. Corruption has spread in Belize in ever widening circles. The recent audit of 2011-2013 alone made this abundantly clear. So much corruption has repelled investors whom we have sought to alleviate Belize’s staggering debt. The huge PetroCaribe loans at 2% interest are drying up, now that Venezuelan economy is collapsing. Now […] Continue reading →

Hurricane Matthew blusters through Caribbean

PRAYER ALERT on Hurricane Matthew. Though dozens of miles away, Hurricane Matthew sent a storm surge that flooded streets in Columbia on Friday, killing one person. Its wind speeds whipped up to 150 mph. That made Hurricane Matthew the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Gilbert in 2007. Gilbert killed 49 people and caused $700 million in […] Continue reading →

Church-State Commission sets pro-family goals

PRAYER ALERT for Church-State Commission. On 26 September the first meeting of a “Morality Commission” for Belize exceeded expectations. It involved leaders from the Belize Council of Churches, and the three evangelical associations—NEAB, BAEC and the mostly Spanish-speaking Alliance of Ministers and Leaders. Church leaders anticipated it with considerable skepticism. Much of that skepticism was […] Continue reading →

PM concedes some church & union demands

PRAYER ALERT for PM concedes. In response to public outcry against recent government moves, Prime Minister Barrow is already reversing course on several issues. He agrees to appeal the Chief Justice’s interpretation of “sex” in the Constitution as meaning “sexual orientation.” The PM concedes that the churches can mount a full appeal of the Chief […] Continue reading →

Sex orientation ruling opens door for appeal

BELIZE JOURNAL Pt. 1 on sex orientation. After Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin legalized sodomy on August 10, the churches were told they could not appeal. They were only Interested Parties in the case. Only the Defendant—the Government of Belize—could make the sodomy verdict appeal. And the government refused. But the case is not closed yet. […] Continue reading →