Sunday, November 2, 2008

Thank You....Last Post from Shell Seeker

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your prayers and financial help in getting this move paid for. God's blessings and generosity of your hearts provided just what was needed plus a bit more to pay for the trip out. Thank you all so very much. My things are in storage in Lubbock as of last Thursday.
A Few Memories of My Last Days in Playa Azul
I am in Lubbock and not sure how I got here. It seems like a blur. I drove away from my home and friends on the 16th of October. I was so glad my buddy Rosy went with me to Mexico City. She just happened to have an emergency Dr. appointment the next day. Coincidence? I don't think so. That would have been a terrible trip to have had to make by myself. God is good! I left Bernard, Alicia and Logan Krogsgaard to carry on in my place in Playa Azul. They will do a great job.

Oh by the way this is my name sake Osiris Belinda Landa Romero. You know that you have loved with your heart and have been loved the same when a child is named after you.

I drove out the 23rd of October following Jacob and Amanda and the kids. Adah and Noah did great as did Zeke and Phoebe, (our two German Shepherd dogs). We arrived in Laredo, Texas, Thursday evening and crossed the border without any problems. Our God is good! Friday we went our separate ways. I continued on to Lubbock and the Hendersons went on to Austin. They attended the Texas vs O.U. game. (Noah's first tooth came through during that game.) I made those long hours of driving just fine. God is good!
Last Sunday in Lazaro Cardenas

Last Days With The Benito Juarez Congregation in Mexico City

I am so grateful for the adventure that God sent us on in 1987. It is over and the reality of that has been so hard. I still do not understand why I had to leave but I do not have to understand. God is in control and I have complete trust in him.
This will be the last post from Shell Seeker. It has been good but it is time to move on. The prayers that have been offered to God on my behalf and my family are the reason that I can sit here tonight and finish up this blog. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
A new blog is in the making... La Pistolera/Gunslinger...

May God's richest blessings fall upon each of you in ways that you have never thought of.


Sunday, October 5, 2008


This is an update as to what is happening with the move. Today the estimate came in and it is huge! $12,500.00 door to door . God is good and is providing what I need. If some of you are still wanting to help and have not sent your funds could you do so ASAP. This picture explains a lot of how I feel and how big God is in my life!
(I am the cat!)

Bernard, Alicia, and Logan Krogsgaard are here. They arrived last Wednesday. They are adjusting slowly but surely. The heat is a little overwhelming for them. But they aren't complaining. They have been living and working in Canada for the last seventeen years. They were apart of the original "Quijotes Para Mexico " team. They are the last of the "Quijotes" to continue on in this country we love so much. Pray for them in their adjustment. They are in a trial time to see if this is their final destiny. You never know. I thought that it was for me.

Once again if you are desiring to help me with this move and resettling please send your donations ASAP.
You can send donations to the following with checks made payable to the same:

Lubbock Church of Christ
P.O. Box 2741
Lubbock, Texas 79408

Please add a note indicating that the donation is for the Belinda Moore moving fund.

My friend and former teammate of Mexico City, Terry Fanning, will be collecting the money.You can also send donations made payable to him directly to:
Belinda Moore
c/o Terry Fanning
4710 101 St.
Lubbock, Texas 79424

1 806 853 9935 is the telephone here if for some reason you need to contact me.

God's richest blessings on each of you!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Time To Go

A Broken Heart
Greetings from Playa Azul...the place of tropical breezes and lots of salt. As most of you know I have been living in Playa Azul for a little over a year and most of it by myself. I can't say that this has been the most favorite place I have ever lived, but it certainly has been a learning and growing experience for me. I love the people, and I know they love me. I love what I do, and I am good at it. I was born to be a missionary. I have known for a very long time that sooner or later I would need to make some changes, and now the time is coming. I have had many nights of prayer asking for wisdom and pleading with God to tell me what to do with my life. I believe that this chapter of my life is finished, and it is time for me to move on.

I don't know if Billy is going to overcome his addictions. I don't know what will happen in the future concerning us. I leave that in God's hands. It has been said that Billy can never come back to Mexico or that he can't return for two years. Many theories have been theorized, but the bottom line is that it is between God and Billy. Mexico is not the problem.
There have been opinions and more opinions about what it is that I should and should not do with my life and about the time frame for the decisions that are being made or yet to be made. There has been so much input from so many people who have actually had very little to do with me in any form or fashion. Why does that happen?
My kids are so far away, and now with this illness of Noah, Jacob and Amanda are leaving. I applaude their courage and decision. Those of you who know them know that this decision has been heart breaking for them.
It has been nine months since I have seen my kids, and they have been to hell and back again with their dad. I have a grandson that I have not yet met. He will be five months old this month.
God has provided just what I need, and I am so thankful. I recently was informed that I am losing another huge chunk of support by the first of the year. I have been asking God for wisdom in knowing what to do, and today it became so clear. It is time to leave. I write this with a broken heart, but I am so tired of the struggle.
I need to be near my kids and grandkids. I need to be close, so I can be of help to Jacob and Amanda when they need it. I need to be in Lubbock to see what the future holds for Billy and myself.
I need a new beginning, and God is providing it. There are a few things that I need from my friends. I need your continued prayers and financial help to move. I need one time donations to help me move back to the States and get resettled until I can find a job. I am 54 years old and held my last nine to five day job punching a clock 33 years ago. I need your prayers. I am not afraid anymore, and I have been afraid a long time.
I don't know yet what the move will cost. Today I wrote the same company that is moving Jacob and Amanda. I am for certain that it will be more than $5000. It cost the Gray's that amount a year and a half ago...before the gas I am sure it will be more. I will have more information after this week. Right now I am in Mexico City helping Amanda and Jacob with their sorting and packing. We will be talking to the person that handles the details this week.
I just want to thank all of you who have stuck by me through the thick and thin. The prayers for our family have been amazing. I believe anyone who has followed this saga has grown in their own faith. Our God is good.

Donations can be sent to:
Lubbock Church of Christ
P.O. Box 2741
Lubbock, Texas 79408
Please ear mark it for the Belinda Moore moving fund. Sherry Fisher, the accountant and treasurer for the congregation, has been informed to watch for the incoming donations.
My friend and former teammate of Mexico City, Terry Fanning, will be collecting the money and sending it to me. Or you can send donations directly to him at:
Belinda Moore c/o Terry Fanning
4710 101 St.
Lubbock, Texas 79424

Thank you.

God's richest blessings on all of you.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Don't Buy On The Fly

I am still having creature problems. I had this beautiful little blue and green bird that I bought last November. While I was pratically running through the market I saw this lovely little bird out of the corner of my eye. I wanted it. My canary had just been killled by a cat, and I missed the songs. So I bought it without really checking him out and because I was told it was a canary. It was not a canary. It never sang one note or trill on the way home. I listened carefully because I was carrying it in a brown paper bag about the size of a lunch sack. Maybe that scared the song
out of him. Anyway, I got him home and placed the bag in the bird cage and waited for him to emerge. He hopped right out as well as another one that was brown with hints of green and gold. Oh man was I mad. I got a good look at him and realized that it was not a canary and the other one sure enough wasn't either. All they did was hop and hop and hop and hop some more. Soon we became friends, and he was so pretty to look at.

Two weeks ago I was sitting at this laptop working on my gallery blog when I kept noticing this black fluttering around the cage. I finally got up to see what the thing was, and one of those horrible black birds was pecking away at my little blue guy and had him nearly out of the cage. It made me sick to my stomach. I thought he was dead, but he wasn't. I took him out of the cage and put him in a basket with a nice clean cloth and gave him some water with a syringe. He perked up. I decided he might live after he got over the shock. That night I put him back in the cage all confident that he was going to be ok. I had covered the cage with a huge towel because that durn old black bird was still around. The first thing I did the next morning ... before coffee ... was go check out the little guy. He was dead. The ants had killed him and nearly pulled him out of the cage. I just could not believe it. Never put a sick bird in a cage if you live where ants rule!

Then Rosy decided to fly off into the yard and landed in the pool. Did you know that parrots can swim? Well, she flapped her wings until she got to the edge of the pool. I scooped her out of the water. Needless to say she was really subdued after her swimming adventure.

Zeke had to go to the vet for an ear infection. I had to go to town five days in a row. It took two hours to vaccum his hair out of the car after the five days.

Erika's Baptism

I mentioned in the last blog that I wanted to share with you the family that Gina and Salvador have been working with for a long time. After a year of gaining their confidence, they agreed to let us come and spend time with them singing and reading the word. Their lives are hard. Their lives are simple as far as material possessions go. They are coal makers. If someone wants land cleared ... they do the work and then turn wood into charcoal.

Santiago and his family are baptized believers, but Erika wasn't until a few weeks ago. On Thursday afternoons many months back Billy and I began going with Salvador and Gina to just hang out and talk about Jesus. I continue to go as a mentor and teacher. God has used this time for many things. As well as sharing the gospel, others are being trained. Last week was planted the seed or dream of inviting the surrounding neighbors for a day of praise and worship under their trees some Sunday afternoon.

A Day In The Country

Family News

Hey what do you think about this group of kids? They are my pride and joy. From the left: Landon, Caleb, Billy, Noah, Hudson (in Madison's lap), Madison, and Adah. It was a miracle to get them all looking at the camera at the same time. I will be traveling to the states sometime in September. I have business to attend to and some long over due play time. It has been almost nine months since I was last there. I haven't met Hudson yet. Please continue to pray for Billy and Noah. Noah is doing well. Every day is a blessing, and God is good and to be praised. We are truly learning that God has the final word in every area of our lives.

Prayer Requests
  • For my support. I have lost a lump sum and need you prayers that God show me what it is He wants me to do. I am needed here, and that is not just me talking. Even with Billy in the States my needs and expenses have not decreased. I have had a lot of extra expenses with the car and computer problems. Also pray that extra blessings come as I prepare to travel.
  • We are still asking God for a miracle concerning Noah.
  • Please keep Billy in your prayers as he fights to regain his life.
  • Satan is attacking hard the lives of the people in this area and within the church. There has been a lot violence lately due to drugs and alcohol etc. Pray for my continued protection as I come and go.
  • I have a lot of friends who are searching for truth. Pray that God gives me the wisdom to know how to be bold but gentle at the same time.
  • Ask God to bless the Shell Seeker Gallery.
I thank each and everyone of you who are praying for us. I know that it is because of your prayers that we are at peace. My brother-in-law Derrel is a good man. He told me this the other day, "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, and that is why it is called the present."

God bless you all, Belinda

Friday, August 15, 2008

Shell Seeker Gallery

Shell Seeker Gallery is now up and running!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Prayers for Noah and His Family!

This is a new web site that Brian has built for Noah and his family. Please talke the time to read it and help if you can.
Also I am in need of 500.00 a month of support. I have lost that amount due to my present circumstances. Please pray for me and our family.

Thank you, Belinda

Friday, July 4, 2008

Our thanks to all of you!

My family and I just want to thank all of you who have written and called. We don't know what the future holds for Noah, but we do know that God is incredibly good, and whatever it is we know that God is in control. Today Noah is good, and that is all we know about today. We are truly learning to live "one day at a time." Praise our God. I am personally learning that the peace that God gives me today is the praise and honor that I want to return to him daily. We ask you all to please continue to pray for Noah and our family.

Billy's News

Hello everyone. Please know I appreciate your love, concern and prayers. I am now living in Lubbock, Texas as I am sure most of you know. I have a job at Wal-Mart and am a stocker at grave-yard shift. Other than my body being sore and learning to sleep in the day time I really like my job. It is very uncomplicated, and that is good for me right now. I am doing well in my recovery. Tomorrow I celebrate 60 days in my sobriety. I am attending group counseling sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and have personal counseling on Thursdays. I am going to church again at Lubbock church of Christ and really appreciate Rex and all there. My main battle continues with depression and my uncertainty about the future. I am learning to live one day at a time, and sometimes that is hard, however it is getting better. I love each and every one of you. Please continue praying for me, Belinda, Noah and all of our family. Would love to receive e-mails from you. My phone number is 806-281-4702.
The Rains

I am a weather person. Mexicans are not weather people. They do not have hours and hours of weather information unless there is a hurricane coming. I miss the weather channel. I have found a weather website that gives me the satellite scan of my world on the web. That is how I found out about our tropical depressions.

The rains have started, and the roof still leaks. It leaks maybe more than last year, and this is after we spent so much time and rent money trying to stop the leaks. A week ago this coming Monday we had a tropical depression form over Lazaro Cardenas, and oh my did the winds blow. At 9:00 p.m. the winds were completely out of the South and at 4:00 a.m. they had shifted and were completely out of the North. There was an incredible amount of damage all over this area. Several enramadas, palm shelters, where completely destroyed and their things were washed into the ocean. I have been moaning and complaining about water in the hallway, not anymore. I am blessed and God is good.

What do You do?

I have had several people ask me lately, "What is it exactly that you do?" The question is from people here. So I thought I would write about what my life is like here on a daily basis if anyone else is wondering.

My mornings begin around 7:00 a.m., earlier if there is a lot of trash that I have to get out before the truck comes by. I make my coffee, feed the parrots and dog, etc... Then I begin my time with God. I read a lot, pray even more, write in my journals, prepare for the classes that I work on during the week, answer email, and then I paint when time permits. I have really painted some beautiful things lately. Support a a painting!

Then it's just daily living like all of us have to do. The other day I fixed a leaking toilet. Wednesday the pump lost its prime, and I had to get it pumping water again. I really prayed over that one. Sometimes it takes a long time to prime a pump. Oh and now I have mice ... did you know that mice poop and gecko poop looks almost the same? I have learned to tell the difference ... now the mouse is dead in a place I can't get to and it is smelling really bad. Now I am waiting for my Lazaro phone to be fixed. It has been out for seven weeks. I have to be here so the technician can get in when he comes. It is a problem.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I attend my Al-Anon group which meets from 5:00 until we are done. Tuesdays I study with Gina and Salvador. They are grounding themselves in God's word. Wednesday's at 7:00 p.m. I assist them in the small group that meets in their home. Thursdays I go with Gina and Salvador to visit a family that live in the Sierra in the state of Guerrero. We sing with them, read God's word and pray. Believe it or not, some of them are baptized believers. By the time I get home it is an 75 mile round trip. Later I will post pictures and tell you about Santiago and Erika and their 5 children who are 5 years and below. Next door live the grandparents, a sister and her child. They have no electricity, no running water, none of the things that I consider essentials. All of the children have been born at home. Oh, I have gone ahead of myself, all of this to write about later.

Thursday evenings after this trip, Griselda, Ishmael, and myself are studying together. They were baptised in May. Saturday evenings there was a home group with Rigo and Yessy but they haven't had it in a while. Sunday is worship and I always try to use this day to hang out with people that God is helping me to build relationships with.

The 13th of this month we had lunch together after worship to celebrate Yessy's birthday and also used it to invite friends. I had guests go with me. (Update.... Rosy and Roxana went. Today Roxana ask me if she could go back on Sunday. I gave Rosy a New Testament, and she began reading it while the rest of us were swimming and talking at my house after church.)

Four Sunday's ago the church had lunch at my home after service. We were about 40. Three Sundays ago I had lunch with Rosy and her daughter plus Gabriel, Arlen, and their daughter, Gaby. We went to an enramada for lunch and then came here to hang out. It was the Sunday of the downpour and terrible winds. By the time I got home the wind was fast and furious. Coconut fronds were falling all over the road plus coconuts, a small one crashed into the car. I was glad to arrive home without a broken windshield or a huge dent. I was out in the weather because I had taken Rosy home. Today after worship I went to a birthday party for a little boy who turned one. You should have seen the party and the guests ... at least a hundred people. It was a good day because I am getting to know a lot of people in this family, and they are so warm and hospitable. God is good.

I am always busy with people. Al-Anon has also made it possible to meet more women who are going through the same things that I have been through and even worse. I have been able to minister to them as well as them to me. God is good.
Prayer Requests

  • That we live such lives that God is honored and glorified no matter what happens

  • A miracle for Noah...God's will be done

  • That God continues to use me to reach the lost and be a good teacher of his word to the younger brothers and sisters

  • Peace that passes all understanding for our family and extended family

  • Complete healing for Billy

  • The church and its workers in Lazaro ... we have been under heavy atack from Satan

  • That God continues to provide for the Vision in all of Mexico

God's richest blessings on you all. Belinda