Today, we travelled to the village of Unitedville where the ministry is putting up its 74th home in Belize. When we arrived on location the team was just getting ready to put up the fourth wall of what will eventually become an upstairs wooden two bedroom home.
Pastor Ron Spoke about the recipient and the U.S.A. team which is braving our warm temperatures in this act of goodwill.
“We are glad that the team has come our way to be a blessing to the Belizean families. When they came to me probably a year ago, a need for a house is that of living in Mom’s House all these years with her children. So, we just put it together and the team came and we wanted to bless somebody with a home and it was Grace who came a sure Sunday and we were so overwhelmed with gratitude to the Lord for His provision and the team who came to give as well. We are just excited that we gave her the keys and said, this is from the Lord and I will pray for blessings on you and your children. For many years from now, you will have this home to enjoy and have safety and a dry place to live and you own it; it’s your home.
The recipient is a mother of three kids; the youngest only 2 months old. As with many of these projects, the homes are registered in the name of the mother. The proud owner of this home when it is completed is Wendy Cruz of Unitedville in the Cayo District. She currently resides next door with her mom but by this weekend, she says, all that is going to change.
“Well, he mih dih bil wa house back by Unitedville and I ask him abou the house if hing cud bil me de house for me and my three kids, and now as you can see, we have the house starting with two bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom and the verandah. I thank the team, and dehn da fah Niu Yaak and dehn wa finish the house by Wednesday. So, I am really grateful and thankful”.
Mr. John and Susan Rictor lead the team of 17 members from Colony Christian Life Center out of Albany, New York.
The team is a “cross Generational one, according to Dr. Susan Rictor; the oldest member of the team is 65 years old while the youngest is 13 years old. They pay their way to and from Belize as well as raise their own accommodations of room and board while they are building homes in Belize. We spoke to them when the team was on a much needed lunch break.
“Our church raised money to build the house. We did that by the individual members of the congregation, gave money and we had an anonymous supporter who matched those funds until we had enough to build the house”.
Sis. Susan Rictor: “We had a program also called Box for Boards so that folks back home could feel like they were a part of it. They would contribute some and that would go towards Box for Boards to build the house”.
Bro. John Rictor: “While we build the house, we are getting together as a congregation and fellowship with one another that were being a blessing to the staff at Oasis Ministries and that they are a blessing to us as they host us and care for us in our needs while we are here, and we are just waiting to see what else God is going to do”.
Sis. Susan Rictor: “Pure religion is to serve working with widows in their distress. So, we are hoping that we are someone’s answer to prayer. I also remind you that God is Love and that he sent Jesus because he is love to save us from our sins and give us life forever”.
The house is expected to be completed this Wednesday. According to Pastor Ron, several other homes will be built by Oasis Ministries in the Cayo District over this summer.