Lighthouse Christian Radio station in Belize braces for Hurricane Felix
lundi 3 septembre 2007
By Michael Ireland
AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE — It is now two weeks since Hurricane Dean made landfall in the Yucatan, just north of Belize. The Northern Districts of Orange Walk and Corozal in Belize were affected as homes and large potions of the papaya industry were destroyed.
According to Clive Welsh, a native missionary to Belize with Saving Grace World Mission, San Pedro Town, and Ambergris Caye where Lighthouse Christian Radio is located, experienced little damage. Flooding occurred in some areas, there were uprooted trees and some pier damage, he said.
Welsh, who runs Lighthouse Christian Radio on the island of Ambergris Caye, says Dennis Requena, station manager, chose to weather the hurricane on the Island and housed several families in the Lighthouse Apartments.
« We were off the air for a period of 24 hours before electricity was restored. We thank the Lord for His protection and grateful for the limited damaged, » Welsh reported.
He continues : « I was notified a few hours ago that another hurricane is in the region and heading our way. Currently a tropical storm, Felix and is developing quickly into a hurricane and projected to hit Belize sometime this coming Wednesday evening, » he writes.
« Just a few days ago we experienced torrential rains and Belize City, which is below sea level, and surrounding areas were flooded, which shut down most of the City. As we watch the development of Felix, please pray with us once again that God would be merciful and spare us from what can be very devastating. Also, please pray for those in the north who are still recovering from Hurricane Dean. »
In an e-mail report to ASSIST News, Welsh says several Christian brothers from Amazing Grace Christian Fellowship spent a few days assisting in the relief efforts by cutting down trees, clearing away fallen trees and helping in the clean up.
Welsh also says that flights resumed on Wednesday, August 22 and he traveled to Calvary of Albuquerque for a Mission Conference and participated in a fundraiser for Lighthouse Christian Radio.
« KNKT and M88, radio stations affiliated with Calvary of Albuquerque, spent two days of raising funds for upgrading our equipment so we can extend our signal towards Belize City, » Welsh said.
LHCR station antenna suffered slight damage from Hurricane Dean.
« With the recent hurricane and frequent outage of electricity on the Island the need for a generator became evident and that was also apart of the needs mentioned. I was greatly encouraged by the missionaries I met from all over the world and by the Body of Believers at Calvary. It blessed me to hear and see the interest of many for missions and very grateful for that time of sitting under Pastor Skip Heitzig’s teaching. »
Workers from Ocean Hills Church misson team worked on the radio station building.
Welsh also says the team of four men on the Ocean Hills Church Mission Trip to Belize worked very hard to lay the foundation for a covered area for the residents of Marla’s House of Hope, while the six women on the team spent precious moments teaching, playing with and loving on the children.
« Several of the boys worked alongside of the men and a great bond developed as they received the influence of Godly men who showered them with the love of the Lord. I was moved to tears several times as I observed the effect these men had on these fatherless boys as they worked together, » he said.
The men of Ocean Hills joined in with the men of Amazing Grace as they worked for two days on the interior of the new church building.
« It was a great time of fellowship and special friendships were developed. Both men’s group closed off their time together at the Men’s Prayer Meeting on Friday evening in the almost-finished building. We had a great time of sharing, praying and laughter. »
The women of Ocean Hills Church blessed the ladies and their invited guest to a special Women’s Faspa (snack) where they lavished love on the ladies with all of the trimmings, Welsh said.
« They transformed the meeting room into something that only ladies can do with all the fluff and dainties. The times they spent individually with the folks from Ocean Hills turned out to be one of the highlights for them both. »
Welsh said that 15 churches participated in the Sunday School Teacher’s Training by sending 60 teachers to the half-day event. « It was a great success, » he commented.
Welsh continued : « Many who attended expressed such gratitude for the time of fellowship, sharing resources and learning how to better minister to the children in their churches. I am so thankful for the servant hearts of the OHC team and all of the hard work that went into the preparation of the training, their time at Marla’s House of Hope and with the church body of Amazing Grace Christian Fellowship ! »
As an item of praise, Welsh says he received an e-mail from the Belize Civil Aviation informing him that LHCR has been approved for the 40 foot tower to go on the roof of the building.
« We thank the Lord for this open door as we now have the opportunity to reach more people with the teaching of God’s Word on Lighthouse Christian Radio. Our desire is to have our signal reach into Belize City where over 80,000 people reside. Thank you for your consistent prayers and support in this venture. »
He adds : « We are also thankful for the almost completed church building for Amazing Grace Christian Fellowship, Spanish Lookout. It has been a thrill to watch the Lord work in the lives of the brothers in the fellowship as they worked feverishly together on the building in their spare time amidst their busy schedules. »
« I am so grateful to God for His provisions, protection, power and proven faithfulness to us in the hurricane season ! »
Welsh shared some current Points of Interest :
**Belize celebrates its 26th birthday as a nation on September 21. **It will be 13 years since he returned to Belize on September 27. **It was in September 2003 the radio station was handed over to him by its previous owner.
Welsh asks for prayer for protection from Hurricane Felix as it heads toward Belize.
« Please pray for provisions for those still recovering from Hurricane Dean. Please also pray that God would use these hurricanes to turn the leaders of the nation to Him rather than using this for their own profit, for a real revival of hearts and a turning away from sin, » he said.
Welsh also seeks prayer for provisions for the upgrade of equipment for the Radio Station including the tower, antennas, generator and broadcast console/mixing board, and « for a much needed vacation ; a time of rest, refreshment and renewal. »
Contact information in US :
Saving Grace World Mission
17451 Bastanchury Rd. #203
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Phone : (714) 993-4801
Please see website for online tax-deductible donation/support and current pictures and video updates : www.sgwm.com/welsh.html
or write « Welsh/Belize » in memo section of check donation to above address.
Contact information in Belize :
PO Box 653
Phone : 011-501-605-6123
Lighthouse Christian Radio
PO Box 166
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye
Belize, Central America
Phone : 011-501-226-4673