Oil rich Venezuela too poor to sell its oil

PRAYER ALERT on oil rich Venezuela. Venezuela possesses the largest reserves of oil in the world. But it has become too poor to process and transport the oil. Not only are Venezuela’s port facilities and infrastructure crumbling. It even lacks the money to remove the water from much of the crude oil it is extracting. […] Continue reading →

Eruption response teams prepare to return

PRAYER ALERT on eruption response teams. The first wave of response teams in the Volcan de Fuego disaster area included IRIS Relief (https://b-m.facebook.com/Fuegodisasterrelief/) and Remar Guatemala (tel. 3023-5255). All those teams had to turn back when the national disaster institute CONRED suspended search and rescue efforts. Conditions near the still-erupting volcano proved too dangerous. But […] Continue reading →

Guatemala eruption recovery access blocked

PRAYER ALERT on Guatemala eruption recovery. Ten days ago green valleys dotted with close-knit villages surrounded Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego. The volcano had been erupting about 16 times a year without affecting the local inhabitants. But on Sunday June 3rd the most deadly eruption in four decades began. The first warning from the national seismology […] Continue reading →

Mexican silence zone shuts down media

PRAYER ALERT on Mexican silence zone. In the past 18 months, 18 journalists have been killed while covering drug trafficking in Mexico. Authorities found the latest corpse of a journalist, Hector Gonzalez Antonio, with visible signs of torture. This occurred in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the state of Tamaulipas. Tamaulipas borders on Texas. The Interamerican […] Continue reading →

Pope tells gay man ‘God made you like this’

PRAYER ALERT on pope tells gay man. Homosexual Juan Carlos Cruz reported that Pope Francis told him, “God made you like this. He loves you like this.” The Vatican has not denied his report. Cruz suffered years of sexual abuse by Chile’s notorious pedophile priest Fernando Karadima. So did at least three other victims. The […] Continue reading →

Churches repent on Global Day of Prayer

PRAYER ALERT on churches repent. On May 20th Christians gathered in most of the world’s nations for the annual Pentecost Sunday Global Day of Prayer. In Belize City, at Central Assembly of God, we repented for churches that had failed to uphold biblical family values in the face of the destructive LGBT agenda. This failure, […] Continue reading →

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 →