Israel’s 70th anniversary & US embassy move

PRAYER ALERT on Israel’s 70th anniversary. Tomorrow, Tuesday May 15th Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary as a modern independent state. On the same day its Palestinian opponents will mourn 70 years of “Nakba” or catastrophe. The US chose  to move its embassy to Jerusalem today. Some warned the US about combining events that are so […] Continue reading →

Israeli-Arab relations improve vs. Iran

PRAYER ALERT on Israeli-Arab relations improve. Shiite Iran’s Sunni neighbors—Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE—are praising US President Trump’s recent break with the Iran nuclear deal. They see that Iran has shown itself to be the greatest threat to peace in the Mideast. Moreover, those three nations plus Qatar are growing closer to their former […] Continue reading →

Guatemala takes advantage of Belize inaction

PRAYER ALERT on Guatemala takes advantage. Belize has given Guatemala crucial advantages in Guatemala’s push to take over 53% of Belize’s territory. Guatemala got 96% of those voting on April 15 to say yes to taking Belize to the International Court of Justice. In contrast, Belize did not even announce when it would vote on the […] Continue reading →

Pastors leaving ministry —statistics & causes

PRAYER ALERT on pastors leaving ministry. From IPMI Monthly Global Prayer Teleconference. More than 70% of pastors do not have a close friend with whom they can openly share their struggles. The dominant cause for pastors to leave the pastoral ministry is burnout. Number two is moral failure. These are alarming statistics. And there are many more: […] Continue reading →

Recent corruption scandals vex OAS Summit

PRAYER ALERT on recent corruption scandals. On April 13-14, 33 active OAS members gathered for the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. They knew that corruption would be the elephant in the room. Earlier this month, Brazilian presidential candidate and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva started serving a 12-year prison sentence […] Continue reading →

Lima Commitment vs corruption gets 33 signers

PRAYER ALERT on Lima Commitment. On April 14, 33 OAS countries participating in the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru signed an agreement for fighting corruption called the Lima Commitment. It recognized that “corruption weakens democratic governance and citizens’ trust in institutions.” Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru itself have recently experienced political […] Continue reading →

Referendum court challenges in Guat & Belize

PRAYER ALERT on referendum court challenges. The April 15th Guatemala referendum is fast approaching. On that day Guatemalans will vote on taking their border dispute with Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). But at this late date, challenges to that referendum are developing in both nations. On April 4 Guatemalan attorneys Lionel Nejera […] Continue reading →

Guatemalan border view —no border at all

PRAYER ALERT on Guatemala border view. Today Guatemala’s popular daily La Prensa outlined Guatemala’s case for owning all of Belize. One week before the April 15th referendum on taking the case to the International Court of Justice, La Prensa published “Data on the Conflict between Guatemala and Belize.” It concedes that in the years 1783-1786 […] Continue reading →

Missed primary surplus target strains budget

PRAYER ALERT on missed primary surplus target. Belize will miss its primary surplus target of 3.1% of GDP by almost half. Now it expects the PST to be 1.8%. That means far less money for its budget including payments on its burdensome $2.3 billion Superbond debt. Last year the last-minute restructuring of that debt lowered […] Continue reading →

North Korea deal with Trump in the works

PRAYER ALERT on North Korea deal. Donald Trump has accepted the request of dictator Kim Jong Un for the first face-to-face meeting between a US President and North Korean head of state. Trump has long insisted that any talks aim at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Kim now says he is willing to give […] Continue reading →

Trump deal making —strategy for NK talks?

PRAYER ALERT on Trump deal making. On March 10 US President Donald Trump tweeted that a “deal is in the making” even before his unprecedented meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. From Trump’s million+ bestselling book The Art of the Deal, we can glean his key strategy points. They made him a winner in […] Continue reading →

God given boundaries must not be crossed

BELIZE JOURNAL PT.1 on God given boundaries. At NEAB’s third annual meeting, a consistent theme ran through most of the messages. God has given boundaries to Belize—for marriage, family and nation—that we cross at our own dire peril. He has given boundaries to our home and family life. President Lance Lewis opened by exhorting parents to […] Continue reading →

Evangelicals focus outreach on homes, schools

BELIZE JOURNAL PT.2 on evangelicals focus outreach. NEAB has made many appeals to the government to uphold family values as opposed to legalizing sodomy and decriminalizing marijuana. But we are finding much greater receptivity in homes and schools. At our Annual General Meeting Evangelist Derrick Pitts stressed going on the offensive with the Every Home for […] Continue reading →

Guatemala border claim vs. Belize sovereignty

PRAYER ALERT on Guatemala border claim. Guatemala’s claim on the land of Belize goes back to 1493. At that time Pope Alexander VI proclaimed Spain’s right to the entire western hemisphere excluding Brazil. Accordingly Spain colonized all of Central and South America except Brazil and Belize. (Northward, the US evantually escaped its grasp.) In the […] Continue reading →

World persecution of Christians worst ever

PRAYER ALERT on world persecution. From IPMI monthly global prayer teleconference. “A recent report by Aid to the Church in Need documents that world persecution of Christians today is worse than at any time in history. Not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith groups. But ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of […] Continue reading →

Evangelicals unite in Guat before border vote

PRAYER ALERT on evangelicals unite. A team of six Belize evangelical leaders will participate in a January 25 meeting in Guatemala City with the Association of Evangelical Ministries in Guatemala. AEMG involves hundreds of denominations. NEAB President Lance Lewis will lead the Belizean delegation. We seek to deepen relational ties with Guatemalan evangelicals as the referendum on the […] Continue reading →

Hungry Venezuelans raid field, kill 300 cows

PRAYER ALERT on hungry Venezuelans. Facing skyrocketing prices for scarce food supplies, mobs of Venezuelans are hunting for whatever small sustenance they can find. For instance, in the western state of Merida, mobs recently attacked and plundered a state-run food collection center. They ransacked a supermarket. They stopped and raided a truck carrying corn. Nationwide, […] Continue reading →