BEAM provides 50/50 matching funds for Church Evangelism Outreach. These funds are rewarded based upon application from the church to BEAM. The following was submitted by Pastor Pedro Chan.
Brayan Divas received his diploma from Mr. Pedro Reyes, M.Ed., Principal of Kings College. He has applied to enter the Coast Guard in Belize.
Brayan has expressed his appreciation for BEAM’s assistance throughout the past few years, which greatly helped him and his parents.
Janelie Matta reached her graduation goal and is looking forward to her future. She plans to attend Sixth Form/Junior College in Belize.
She is grateful to BEAM for their support throughout her schooling and stated that the help she received was a “blessing in her life”.
These are the first graduates BEAM has helped through graduation since the organization’s inception. We wish them only the best in their future endeavors and pray God’s blessings on them throughout their lives.
BEAM helped with the funding for the hernia surgery for Maria and is thankful the surgery was completed safely and successfully to allow Maria to begin living her life normally again! Praise be to God!
Here are the 2019 scholarship recipients with King’s College president, Mr. Pedro Reyes, following the presentation of their certificates. To his right are Denilson Vasquez, Jeriel Reyes, Nelly Diaz, Kelly Blanco, Janelie Matta, and Bryan Divas.
Students chosen each semester by BEAM for award of financial assistance are required to submit a handwritten letter expressing their need for the scholarship. They must have a grade point average of 75% or higher, and submit a reference letter supporting the student’s good standing. Residential students are awarded $575 (US) and commuting students receive $130 (US) for the semester. All students must reapply for each semester for future scholarships.
On November 17, 2018, Ebenezer Evangelical Church hosted a youth rally. Eight churches from Orange Walk and Corozal attended. A musician and preacher were invited from Guatemala.
Many different activities were enjoyed by all in attendance; however, the most important part of the day was the sharing of the Gospel during the preaching service. Many shared their desire to walk with the Lord and live for His glory.
BEAM partnered with the Ebenzer Evangelical Church to help with the costs of the rally. The funds helped toward the costs of the transportation and a gift for the guests from Guatemala, cleaning of the facilities, food, drinks, trophies and prizes for the day.
Brayan Divas Tanisha Bobadilla Sheyla Ruiz
Jhordy Divas Sahara Cordova
Jamila Canul Alisha Bobadilla
The principal at King’s College, Mr. Pedro Reyes, presented seven students with certificates for financial aid for their first semester of 2017. BEAM is excited to have been able to help these students, all of whom completed applications and were chosen for assistance to help them complete their education and achieve their goals. Among the dreams of these students are to become an electrician, an architect, a doctor and teachers.
Gene Grapa visited Belize in January 2018 and was able to share the Gospel with the students at King’s.
On Gene’s visit, he was privileged to be able to visit some of the parents whose children received financial aid from BEAM for their tuition at King’s College. Carmen Divas, mother of Sheyla Ruiz (Form 2), one of the recipients of this aid, expressed her thankfulness for the help this has given their family.
Another blessing for Gene was the opportunity to visit with Maria Divas, mother of Brayan Divas (Form 2), who also received aid for his tuition at King’s. She, too, is very grateful for the help they received.
$500 is needed to maintain this church in Belize. The money will be used to purchase supplies to seal up the soffits and keep the birds from destroying the interior of the church.
For $1,000 or just $2.75 a day you can help cover all the cost of a needy student for one school year at King’s College. Many families would like to give their children a Christian education but this is difficult for many as the average hourly wage is only about $4.00 per hour. With income and sales taxes at about 35% of their income and a gallon of gasoline costing about three times the cost as compared to the United States, it leaves little for low income families to get their children through school. For a family with four children it would cost the family $4,000 per year to send their children through school or another 48% of their income.
Therefore, the cost that the average family of four children faces is 48% of their income going for education and another 35% going for taxes. This equals 83% of their income or $3.32 per hour which leaves only $0.68 for food, clothing, shelter and other expenses.
Consider making a contribution of any amount towards student financial assistance.