Fr. Tony & Rev. Fran's July 2016 Mission Trip to Belize
Organized by: Tony Begonja
About the photo of stuff
July 20, 2016
Hi, on Friday, Rev. Fran and I (Fr. Tony) will be travelling to Belize for a 9-day mission trip. For twelve years now, as an outgrowth of a seed church / church planting we had back when we lived in the Dallas area, we've been helping to raise (house, feed, educate, mentor and pastor) five children there. One could call the effort a kind of an unofficial micro-orphanage with the intent of giving them a life and preventing any of them from having to resort to prostitution. (Unfortunately, there is a history of that.)
First of all, we'd greatly appreciate additional prayer covering -- to help fend off the spiritual warfare aimed at us.
Also, if anyone is so moved, we could really use some additional financial help with this trip. Specifically we need help with the costs of a replacement washing machine (estimated $300 US), one more bed for the children (haven't priced this yet down there, maybe $150 US?), a replacement microwave oven (haven't price this yet either, maybe $100 US?), a kitchen table and some chairs (ditto, maybe $150 US?), and the customs/use tax charges on stuff we’re bringing in.
This past weekend we spent about $250 on dishes, flatware, a computer printer and various other household effects to bring or send down there. This is in addition to several hundred dollars of stuff we either had previously purchased or used items we’re bringing (like a used iMac). Whatever doesn't fit in either the two large suitcases (with a 50-lb weight limit each) or the iLugger iMac travel bag, will be sent via the postal service.
During this trip, we hope to teach, baptize, confirm (baptize in the Holy Spirit) and Eucharistify (give Holy Communion to) the children, celebrate a Generational Healing Mass with them (helping to heal their family tree, which will help heal them) and possibly induct a few members into the International Order of Saint Luke the Physician.
Fran and I are Independent Catholic priests, member clergy of The International Council of Community Churches and leaders in The International Order of Saint Luke the Physician (also known as OSL). Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten around yet to either incorporating our ministry (Heart of Jesus Ministries) or obtaining a 501(c)3 for it.