Belize: Touching Hearts Through Shoebox Gifts

Six year old Miracle walks by faith, and not by sight.

Though born blind she was nonetheless a miracle to her mother, who had previously suffered from three miscarriages.

Miracle lives in a crowded house with her aunt and 13 cousins in an impoverished neighbourhood of Belize City, the largest town in the tiny Central American nation of Belize.

She clutched the arm of her 12 year old cousin Primalee as they walked into an unfinished concrete block building that serves as a youth outreach ministry centre for Calvary Baptist Church.

The Church stands on a street corner that divides rival gangs and usd to be a Muslim prayer centre for Asian merchants in Belize.

Miracle and Primalee were among the 200 neighbourhood children who flocked to the Church to hear the Gospel message presented by local musicians, a red-nosed clown named Ozzie, and an evangelist who explained to them why we all need a Saviour. Then each boy and girl received a gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

Miracle sees through her fingertips. She learned to read Braille at the age of four and is one of the top students in her class.

When she recognized the voice of Ozzie the Clown, a local TV personality, she insisted on touching his nose.

When she opened her shoebox, she enjoyed her gifts her own special way – the cuddly softness of a baby doll, the fascinating shape of a spiral straw, the sweet taste of hard candy and the fresh waxy smell of new crayons.

And when the Evangelist presented the invitation, Miracle and Primalee were among the children who stood with their heads bowed, eyes closed, and hands folded in prayer to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1: 12)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

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geoffreymkeyte

I am an author and broadcaster. In January 2013 I very nearly died but our Father God healed me and I am still alive to tell the tale! I have written/edited several books about the Bible, God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. My future ministry is focused on outreach. I do not just want to preach to the converted but to many people 'out there' who do not know Jesus as their Saviour and who are in great need of His love and compassion. Praise be to the Lord our God, our Heavenly Father

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