New Chapel for New Horizon
"We love our brothers and we try to help in any way possible," stated "leader of the pack" Don Johnson, one of seventeen Seventh Day Adventist Church volunteers who traveled to Belize from Mena, Arkansas. The group arrived in San Pedro last Thursday bearing gifts and ready to assist in building the newest chapel on the island. "Our latest project is building a new chapel for the Principal, staff and children of the New Horizon Academy. This concrete building will measure 35 by 60 feet and will hold up to 150 people when completed".
The chapel has been completely funded through the kind donations of the congregation from Mena, Arkansas. This noble group held gospel concerts and garage sales to raise money. Not only did these members donate, they also passed the word of a church in need. Soon Florida and Tennessee congregations also sent donations. Mr. Johnson commented, "As the word spread donations just started pouring in. If it is for a good cause, such as this one, people will help and donate."
In an interview with the San Pedro Sun, Principal Miguel Hernandez of the New Horizon Academy, mentioned that both the students and faculty of the Academy were immensely grateful for all of the help they have received. "There are many plans for improvements to the school. Our school accommodates 125 students and nine staff members and our facility is fairly small. In the future, we plan to expand our facility to house a high school and eventually a pre-school."
This "group of angels" from the USA also brought with them surgical equipment to donate, as well. This equipment was given to Santa Elena's La Loma Luz Hospital in the Cayo District of Belize. They also spoke to Milo Paz Jr., President of the SP Lions Club, regarding future donations for the San Pedro Lions Inter-Community Clinic.
"We are traveling to Caye Caulker to see in what ways we can assist that community," stated a very enthusiastic Johnson. "God asks us to help one another and we are simply trying to do our part," he ended.
This article originally appeared in the February 26, 2004 San Pedro Sun