This is our prayer mail for 16 August 2016.
Clean up continues in Belize.
We are finishing vacation today (Monday, the 15th), During the week, we have kept in touch with Belize.
The Bishop's residence in Belize, some of the diocesan office complex, and at least two rectories that I know of were hit and suffered damage, all in Belize City near the water. One of the rectories belonged to the Dean of the Cathedral. Another of the rectories belonged to the Rector of St. Mary the Virgin.
In addition to structural damage, there was also the concern about biological matter floating in the water through the streets and into homes, as well as potential for disease to spread. And while the water has subsided, unless the structural damage is repaired, especially the walls surrounding buildings, there is also a concern about potential theft.
I am passing along information that I asked of the diocesan office in Belize for anyone wanting to help, in response to those wishing to do something:
Dear Fr. Shaw,
Cheques or international postal orders may be made payable to Anglican Diocese of Belize.
And mailed to Cecile Reyes or Bishop Philip Wright
Anglican Diocese of Belize
Belize, C. A.
I have information on wire transfers if that would be helpful.
I am passing along two representative photos that have been sent to me from the diocesan office.
1) Prayers for guidance on the path ahead, for whatever the Holy Spirit has in mind. Clear discernment as to the
appropriate path would be appreciated.
2) For the publication of the Spanish Prayer Book.
3) For the easing of tensions between Guatemala and Belize. The tensions seem to have settled into a fact of day to day life.
4) For the clean up in Belize in the wake of Hurricane Earl.
I pray for you every day.
Are we making a difference? Absolutely. You are part of our team.
God bless you,
Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Rev. Julie.
In transition from Downeast Maine to Connecticut