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Dear Friends and Partners of the Belize Mission Society,
          Greetings to you in the name of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.   I reach out to inform you that, as the good work of our Mission Society continues in Belize, it is undergoing a noteworthy shift.  As one of our partners it is important for you to stay informed.  As you know, just as this novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) has affected so many individuals and organizations around the globe, it has also impacted the operations of the Belize Mission Society.  We have seen issues of health, safety, travel, finance, and stewardship all come into play as we have scrambled to figure out how best to respond and continue our work of service.  The Board of Directors of the Belize Mission Society has wrestled with and prayed about these various challenges and their potential solutions and has settled on the following that I share with you today. 
          Rather than continue with our pre-virus plans of expanding our mission work throughout the country of Belize, the Belize Mission Society will be re-focusing her efforts at this time in the area where her work began 17 years ago: on and around the peninsula in the Stann Creek District.  This re-focusing will allow the Belize Mission Society in this challenging season to maintain the level of attention and resources devoted to its historic mission sites and avoid spreading herself too thin.  If circumstances allow any of the remaining 2020 teams to follow through with their planned mission trips, the Belize Mission Society will work to attach them to a needed project in one of these areas.  There is still much good work to be done in places like Seine Bight, Riversdale, Georgetown, and in the partner schools.
          In the interest of good stewardship, the Belize Mission Society has also decided it best to reduce its own executive position from full-time to part-time.  As a result, by July 31st this summer I will help the Belize Mission Society transition to new leadership so that I can be available for full-time Ministry in some other capacity within our Lord’s church.  My five years of full-time missionary service will come to a close for a country and among a people I have grown to love so dearly.  As such, this change will be difficult for both me and the mission society, but we are also excited to see what God might have in store for us in the next chapter of our lives of service.  My family and I welcome your prayers.  I remind myself what I regularly taught when visiting supporting congregations:  We’re all missionaries, regardless of where in the world we live and serve.  We are all people on a mission from God.  
          The Belize Mission Society has a rich history of Christian service to the people of Belize, all of which has been made possible by partners like you.  Our partners have given us their time, talents, and treasures to see projects completed, missionaries supported, mercy programs developed and the Gospel shared.  For that the Belize Mission Society will always be thankful.  These may be uncertain and challenging times, but the work of the Belize Mission Society goes on.  Indeed, she needs support like yours perhaps now more than ever.  She needs Christian prayers as adjustments are made to continue outreach to a Belizean people struggling through the effects of this virus every bit as much as others.   She needs Christians talking about and preparing for future mission trips once it is determined that they can resume safely and responsibly.  She needs Christians to continue partnering with her through financial gifts to fund her ongoing feeding and scholarship programs for Belizean school children, and to sustain her own operations.  She needs us all to remain hope-filled Christians of service in the face of adversity.  The work we do may be changing, but it continues by God’s grace and with His power.  God bless us all as we take our next steps forward, wherever that may be.
In the Name of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ,
Pastor Duane Meissner
(346) 616-8090
duanepaulmeissner@gmail.com

 

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