Belize at a glance
English, Creole, Maya, Spanish
Catholic, Protestant, None
BELIZE MISSION TRIPS
We'd love to host your group! We've been leading Mission Trips to Belize since 1990, so your trip will be well-planned, Christ-centered, and safe.
*** Concerned about Covid travel restrictions? See our FAQ section below. ***
Our Missionary in Belize, Dr. Paul Whisnant, was born in the U.S., but has lived in Belize since 1990, and is a dual citizen of the United States and Belize.
Dr. Paul will work with you to design your groups trip to best serve our Churches in Belize as well as your group. We will handle all the in-Belize details from start-to-finish, making your trip planning easy and hassle-free.
Are you looking for Mission Trips for large groups?
Some of the largest Churches in the United States have trusted us to lead their groups. We've hosted the largest Mission Trips for groups in Belize, with many of our groups having over 100 Team members. Our average Team size is 50-100 volunteers. Whether you have 20 or 200, we'd love to partner with you! Plus, groups of 30 or more can choose to come ANY week they wish!
Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language, so it'll be easy for you to communicate directly with locals.
Children's ministry, sports ministry, choir performance, evangelism, feeding needy children, Church planting, construction, medical missions and dental missions, are available to you as Ministry options.
You can choose which ministries your team are best suited for prior to serving in Belize on your short-term mission trip.
Our partnerships with local Churches and Schools will enable you to encourage local Pastors in sustainable, long-term Ministry that will continue to impact the village you served long after you have returned home.
Belize is a beautiful country, but there are many needs. Thousands of needy children live in jungle villages in desperate poverty. Belize will touch your heart in such a way that you will want to form a long-term relationship with your host pastor and village. Most of our groups choose to return to the same village each year to continue to encourage the local pastor in the vision God has given him.
We specialize in customizable, short-term Mission Trips for large groups to Belize.
Contact us today to learn more about how you and your group can make a life-changing difference on your short term mission trip to Belize.
Belize Mission Trips
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- What's Included:
- Duration: 5 Nights is Most Popular, 3-7 Nights is Average
- Unlimited Consultations
- Ministry: 25-50 Hours
- Safe Drinking Water & Branded Water Bottle
- Transportation to/from Airport & Ministry Sites
- Partnerships with Local Pastors, Churches & Schools
- 100% Customizable: You Pick Your Own Trip Dates
- Partnering with Missionary who served in Belize since 1990
- Nice Hotel with Wi-Fi, A/C and a Pool
- 3 Meals A Day: 2 at a Restaurant, 1 in the Village
- Recreation or Local Cultural Experiences: Beach, Island, Snorkel, Jungle Waterfall, Living Maya, Monkey River, Rainforest Canopy Zipline, River Tubing, Mayan Ruins, etc
- Materials Provided: Group Leader Manual, Unlimited Consultations, Trip Promo Videos & Materials, Group T-Shirts, Branded Water Bottle, Fundraising Ideas
Experience a Belize Mission Trip
Click the photos below to watch videos about our different types of Mission Trips.
Belize Mission Trip FAQs
The Government of Belize has changed it's COVID travel restrictions multiple times, and the United States Government has also changed it's re-entry requirements more than once.
And if you google it, you'll get 5 different answers from 5 different websites because things are changing frequently.
The changes (as of 2022) have included (but are not limited to):
- The United States State Department and CDC listing Belize as a Level 4 Travel Advisory, which means "Do Not Travel"
- Vaccine cards required to enter public buildings
- Belizean Health Insurance requirement
- Vaccine cards required to have any gathering, including social gatherings, weddings, funerals, etc.
- Restricted travel within Belize
- Gold Standard housing requirement
- Covid testing to enter Belize
- Covid testing to return to the United States
- Mask requirement - in all public spaces
- Mandatory 10 day minimum quarantine (at your own expense) if you test positive for Covid
- Contact tracing if several passengers from your flight test positive
Some of these restrictions are still in effect, others will surely change by the time you read this.
And they'll probably have some different restrictions in the future as well.
Because it's always changing, we're not going to attempt to list all the changes in "real time" here on our website.
So, if you're a Pastor or leader of a Church group planning a Mission Trip to Belize with us, rest assured that we will strive to keep you updated from the time you sign up your group to come serve with us, all the way through till you leave.
And feel free to reach out to ask for the latest COVID travel restrictions by either emailing Dr. Paul directly or filling out our "Request Trip Info" contact form at the top of this page.
We have multiple church partners in Belize that our Teams serve with. Not all teams serve at the same Church. We determine ministry partnership assignments typically 8 weeks prior to mission trip dates, unless you've requested to return to the same location as your last trip. Throughout the planning process leading up to your trip, your Missionary consultant will be determining the best location(s) for your team and will let you know where your team will be serving as soon as we have it confirmed. We will do our best to partner your team with Churches where your team will be best utilized.
While Belize does have several small tourist areas along the coast, and 2 off-shore islands dedicated to tourism, it is still one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with thousands of needy children and families living in rural villages in desperate poverty. While we serve in all the Districts in Belize, our focus is on reaching unreached villages for Christ, serving in the areas of greatest need and helping the poorest of the poor. The villages our Ministry focuses on are several hours from Belize City, in the interior of the country in jungle or rural villages.
We host volunteers of all ages, from 9 months old to 90 years old. Children under 18 must be accompanied by their parent, their Youth Pastor or a responsible adult.
If you are traveling with a child (under the age of 18), and if both parents are not traveling with the child, you will need to carry a consent letter with you when you fly outside the US. You can find more info from US CBP here: Parental Consent/Permission Letter.
What's included in the cost? Everything once you land in Belize. So you'll need to buy your own plane ticket, and we'll take care of everything else.
Prior to your trip, the team leader will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas and information to help with every aspect of trip planning. You will also have access to promo videos, group t-shirts, branded water bottle and unlimited consultations. We will help you utilize your customizable ministry options that fits with your team.
Once in Belize, your team will be taken care of by trained International Servants staff, given three meals a day (2 at a restaurant and 1 in the village), transported to/from the airport and to/from ministry sites, have plenty of safe drinking water, appropriate sleeping accommodations in a nice hotel, an opportunity to attend local church services, morning worship, prayer, a debrief meeting, and experience a local sightseeing or recreation activity. A member of our staff will be with your group at all times.
Your group leader will have the opportunity to choose 2 of 3 recreation/excursion options that are included in the cost.
Your Team will have the opportunity to partner with our local Pastors, Churches and Schools, as well as our veteran American/Belizean Missionary, Dr. Paul Whisnant, who has been serving in Belize since 1990.
Whether your group is on a tight budget, or wishes to stay in the nicest resorts, we have pricing and hotel partnerships that can accommodate all price points. Plus, groups of 30 or more can choose to come ANY week they wish.
And the best part of your week...besides the amazing food...will be the blessing that comes from being a very valuable part of what God is doing in Belize.
What's not included in the cost? Airfare to/from Belize and passports. Plus optional things like spending money, personal insurance, vaccinations (if needed) and offering at a Church service.
Your group leader will have the opportunity to choose 2 of 3 recreation/excursion options that are included in the cost.
But, some group leaders also choose to add on additional excursions (at an additional nominal cost), such as: rain forest zip line, snorkeling, jungle waterfall, speed boat tour, river tubing, cave tubing, beach/souvenir tour, Mayan ruins/temples, scuba diving, island excursion, deep sea fishing, living Maya tour, Belize Zoo, jungle horse back trek, monkey river excursion, etc.
Extra recreation options vary depending upon location, be sure to speak with us about these options if you desire to add them to your trip.
If your group leader chooses to do construction, then an additional amount will be needed to cover the construction materials.
If your group leader chooses to do a Medical Mission, then an additional amount will be needed to cover the medication.
Yes, you can do just kids ministry if you wish. We are always in need of Teams who focus on kids ministry.
Kids ministry is a wonderful way to reach children for Jesus and help our Church plants grow.
Through our local Churches, and local School partnerships, there are so many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the children of Belize.
Kids ministry is the top choice of most of our youth group teams and college teams.
Of course, if you want, our other ministry options are always available, which include: Church planting, sports ministry, choir performance, evangelism, feeding needy children, construction and medical missions.
You can choose which ministries your team are best suited for prior to serving in Belize on your mission trip.
In a nice hotel with usually 2 people per room. All rooms are designated either male or female. Exception: We strive to give the Team Leader and/or married couples their own private room(s). If you're coming with your Church group, your Church group leader will likely make your roommate assignment.
All hotels we use for our Teams meet the following minimum standards: electricity, hot/cold running water, A/C, private bathrooms, phones, wi-fi internet, swimming pool and a restaurant.
Three meals per day will be served to your team. Two of these daily meals will be at a restaurant, the third meal will be prepared in a village by the local Church you're partnering with. These meals will be a mixture of local dishes and potentially, a few American style dishes. In fact, food is usually the highlight for a lot of teams! During your consulting process, let us know if any of your team members have allergies or dietary restrictions. International Servants will do our best to accommodate these needs and all food provided by International Servants during trips is safe to eat. Purified drinking water will be provided for the team every day and for the cooks to use while preparing meals. If you have severe dietary restrictions or allergies, we recommend you bring appropriate snacks.
English is the official language of Belize. The second most common language is Spanish. In many of our communities, people are bi or trilingual, with English being one of their languages. However, for some remote, rural villages, English is not a widely known language and yes, there might be a language barrier. In those locations, International Servants will provide amazing local staff who will serve as translators for your team.
We always strive to place Mission Teams in villages or communities where at least half of the local population speaks English.
Here's the schedule for most of our Teams. Of course, if you wish to change it, we can easily change it for you.
This schedule is based on 6 days, 5 nights. However, some groups choose to come for 6 nights, 4 nights, 3 nights, etc.
Monday: Fly to Belize. Dinner at Team Hotel.
Tuesday-Thursday: Breakfast with morning devotions. 6-8 hours of Ministry with a local Church or School in a village plus lunch. Dinner at Team Hotel.
Friday: Fun day relaxing at a Caribbean Beach, a Jungle Waterfall, a Resort Pool and/or Souvenir Shopping, with all meals at Team Hotel.
Saturday: Breakfast at Team Hotel, Fly to USA.
Can we book our own flights? Yes! You're free to book your own flights to and from Belize. There is only one International Airport in Belize, the airport code is BZE. If you need assistance or advice, feel free to ask us. We love to help!
Belize is a short, direct 2-3 hour flight from Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Charlotte, Denver, Orlando or Los Angeles!
Airlines with direct flights to Belize: Southwest, American, United, Delta, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, West Jet, Sun Country, Taca, Air Canada, Aeromexico, Avianca and the list keeps growing!
If possible, try to arrive before 1:30 pm (the earlier the better), and try to depart after 12 noon (the later the better).
Remember: A valid US Passport is required with at least a year left before expiration. If you don't have a Passport, visit www.State.gov or contact the nearest Passport office, Post Office or Courthouse for details on acquiring a Passport. It may take 4-12 weeks for your Passport to be processed. You can get your Passport quicker by paying an extra fee. Passport Cards are not valid for travel to Belize, you must have a regular Passport. If your Passport is from a different country (not the US), be sure to check with the Belize Embassy in Washington, DC to see if you need to acquire a Visa in advance.
There are other Missions offering Mission Trips to Belize, why should you choose us?
Full Time Missionaries
Dr. Paul Whisnant has been serving in Belize as a missionary since 1990, so he knows Belize well. Serving with full time missionaries will help enable your trip to be a lot more effective for Christ in the long run.
Serving with our network of local Belizean Pastors and Churches will help you see Belize through their eyes and will ensure year-round follow-up after you leave.
We’ve been leading Mission Trips to Belize since 1990 and we have never had a death, major incident of crime nor even a car wreck. We work hard to ensure your trip is as safe as possible. When it comes to safety, going with an experienced, full time American missionary is vital.
We're very organized. You won't have to stress over the small details of the trip, our staff will handle it for you.
The options are endless for Church groups for ministry, hotels, meals, pricing, excursions, transportation, cultural experiences, length of trip, etc.
We’re the only Mission in Belize to be endorsed by the United States Ambassador to Belize or a Senator from Belize. Additionally, many of the largest Churches in the United States trust us to lead their groups.
If your group is large, then we’re definitely the right partner for you. We specialize in leading the largest Mission Trips to Belize. Whether your group is 20 or 200, we can lead your group with ease. Plus, groups of 30 or more can choose to come ANY week they wish.
Whether your group is on a tight budget, or wishes to stay in the nicest resorts, we have pricing and hotel partnerships that can accommodate all price points.
Your Belize Mission Trip helps us provide food for malnourished children, give medicine to sick kids, construct homes for desperately poor families, build Churches in unreached villages, and much more!
Yes, we are also happy to host Christ-based Educational Tour Groups for Christian Schools, Christian Universities, Churches, Youth Groups and more.
These tours are 100% customizable. You can choose from a large variety of cultural or educational tours. Here are 3 of the tours that we can add to your trip (but we have a dozen more options besides these):
- Living Maya Tour: Experience how Mayan Indians have lived for thousands of years. How they make their leaf and stick homes, build their fire pits, wash their clothes in the river and bake their tortillas over a hot comal.
- Jungle Waterfall Tour: Splash in a cool, refreshing ancient small pond beneath a majestic waterfall, while surrounded on all sides by thick, lush tropical rainforest jungle.
- Beach Resort Tour: Enjoy touring a small fishing beach village, while tempting your tastebuds with the best gelato in Belize, and finding that unique treasure to take home from one the local vendors making Belizean handicrafts or jewelry. Or maybe just a "You Better Belize it" t-shirt or a bottle of our world famous Marie Sharpes Hot Sauce?
In addition to these type tours, many of our Education Tour groups also ask us to add in ministry options as well. We are happy to do this. We have 54 Churches and 7 Schools that would love to have your group visit them, and help out in any way, including (but not limited to): Vacation Bible School, Sports Camps, hosting a Game Day, serving children in our Feed-A-Child program, painting a Church, etc.
The people of Belize are amazing, and so is the food.
- Food: Lunch each day will be a local Belizean dish cooked and served by our local Pastors wives. Made with lots of love, and local flavors, they'll leave you craving more. From tacos to tamales, and garnachas to the traditional rice and beans. Whether it's local game meat or fresh mango, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
- People: You'll enjoy warm hospitality as you meet and interact with hundreds of locals that we serve with, from small children to teenagers to adults. The many diverse cultures of Belize will intrigue you as you get to know the local Mayas, Ketchi's, Hispanics, Creole's, East Indians, Garifunas and the list goes on.
Want more tour options? Be sure to ask us about the following tours: Monkey River, Rainforest Canopy Zipline, Zoo, River Tubing, Mayan Ruins, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Deep Sea Fishing, Private Boat Tours, Mango Fest and Lobster Fest.
Yes, you can make your trip as short, or as long, as you desire.
Your group must arrive and depart together, however, your group leader is welcome to arrange to have all of you arrive and depart on any day he/she chooses.
Most of our groups choose to come for 6 days, 5 nights. Arriving on Monday and departing on Saturday.
Our second most popular duration is 7 days, 6 nights. Arriving on Sunday, and departing on Saturday.
Our third most popular duration is 5 days, 4 nights. Arriving on Tuesday, and departing on Saturday.
Almost all of our groups choose to come for somewhere between 3-7 nights, but we are happy to host groups for longer or shorter trips.
To get the most out of your Belize Mission Trip, we recommend you have your group try to arrive on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and depart on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Missionaries, Pastors and Churches follow the Southern Baptist (SBC) Faith and Message.
Though most of our groups are Baptist, our Mission has hosted Church groups from almost every Christian denomination.
Our Team hotel has free wi-fi that's fast enough for you to check your email or Facebook feed, but not fast enough to support streaming the latest episode of Duck Dynasty.
Our Team hotel has cell phone coverage. During the day, when you're in our villages doing Ministry, you'll have limited or no cell phone coverage. If you leave your phone in airplane mode, you won't be charged. If you don't have your phone in airplane mode, expect to be charged for receiving texts or phone calls (to make/receive calls/texts in Belize, you must have your International Roaming turned on before you leave the US). We suggest you have your data roaming turned OFF at all times, to avoid getting a large bill from your phone company. Belize is often omitted from International calling plans.
If you don't bring your cell phone, you'll still be able to make a call in the case of an emergency by using the hotel phone or our Team Leaders phone.
We’ve been leading Mission Trips to Belize since 1990 and we have never had a death, major incident of crime nor even a car wreck. We work hard to ensure your trip is as safe as possible. When it comes to safety, going with an experienced, full time American missionary is vital.
Our lead Missionary, Dr. Paul Whisnant, has served as a Missionary to Belize since 1990, and has also served for over 2 decades with the US Embassy in Belize. So he is very familiar with what precautions should be taken.
Our staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times. In the unlikely event of an emergency, our staff will guide and assist your team with proper next steps. In case of emergency, your family in the US can get a message to you by leaving a message (or text) at 817-382-8484 (emergencies only).
We travel in groups at all times.
Most people in the US think that Belize is an island, because that's what they read on Google. However, Belize is not an island (although there are islands off the coast that are part of the country).
Belize is a country of just under 350,000 people located in Central America along the Atlantic Ocean, bordered by Mexico to the North/Northwest and Guatemala to the West and South. And just across the bay from Honduras.
Founded in 1981. Formerly known as British Honduras. And, yes, the Queen of England is still on the currency.
The interior mountain areas and coastline are beautiful, with Belize boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world and the Maya Mountains which rise to more than 3,000 feet at some peaks
Forty percent of the country is dedicated to nature preserves. Lush jungle forests are common in parts of southern Belize, with creatures that fly, swim and walk. Among them, the toucan, gibnut, jaguar, crocodile, iguana, tapir and howler monkey are the most famous. Rising from deep within the jungles are many Mayan Ruins/Temples, such as Altun Ha, Xunatunich, Caracol and Lamanai.
Famous movies filmed in the jungles of Belize: Heart of Darkness, Mosquito Coast and Dogs of War.
Belize was dominated by the Mayan empire for the better part of 1,000 years. Then, in the 16th century, the Spanish arrived for logging. Following that period, British and Spanish pirates inhabited the area, battling for naval supremacy. Finally, in 1798, the British navy defeated the Spanish and laid official claim to the area. In 1862, Britain formally named the territory "British Honduras", a title that lasted until 1981 when a peaceful independence was granted, and British Honduras was renamed Belize.
Mandatory: Bible, Passport, pen, small notebook/journal, personal toiletries, travel alarm clock (unless you're using the alarm on your cell phone), reusable water bottle to carry into the village, medications you personally need, medical info/insurance card, and your favorite snacks (especially for your arrival and departure travel days).
Recommended: Camera, hat, sun screen, bug spray, swimsuit, sunglasses, flashlight, tissue travel packs, money for souvenirs or donations, individual sized gatorade or pedialyte packets to mix in your water bottle, and a tote bag or backpack with travel lock to carry into the village.
In the village during the day (including VBS): Everyone must wear closed toed shoes (i.e. tennis shoes or boots) with lightweight clothing, such as scrubs, pants or modest shorts (modest means "longer than fingertip length"). Many choose to wear a hat and sunglasses for sun protection. Do not bring/wear: expensive clothes or expensive jewelry, clothing with non-Christian ads (i.e. beer), mini-skirts, midriff tops, short shorts, low cut shirts, sleeveless shirts, tank tops or spaghetti straps.
There are additional clothing requirements for those serving on our Medical Team (see below).
At the hotel in the evening: Most people shower and change into clean clothes, usually shorts, t-shirts or sundresses, with flip flops or sandals. Bring a swimsuit and light weight sleepwear.
Sunday Morning: If your Team will be with us on a Sunday morning, be sure to pack an outfit for Church. Church members in our villages dress conservatively, so please do the same. Men: long pants (no holes) with a collared shirt. Girls: Skirt, dress, capri's or pants that go below the knee, with a top that doesn't show your shoulders (no sleeveless, spaghetti straps nor midriff tops) and isn't low cut.
Medical Team: During the day in the Medical Clinic, all medical/dental/pharmacy team members (even if you're serving at Check-In) are required to wear:
1. Shoes: Full body shoes (tennis shoes, boots, etc).
2. Pants: Full length pants or scrubs.
3. Shirts: Scrub top or one of our Mission t-shirts.
A short term Mission Trip allows an individual to experience a new dimension of their Christian life. It develops a gratefulness and passion for people in different circumstance and cultures than our own. It can stretch the limits of a person emotionally, spiritually and physically. The best benefit is the blessings that come from giving of oneself without the expectation of receiving back but knowing that change occurred in both you and the persons you poured into.
Two Belizean dollars equals one US dollar. US dollars are accepted everywhere in Belize, so you do not need to exchange currency at a bank. There probably won't be ATM's near where you will be. You will likely only see ATM's at the airport or on your free day.
Tropical, sub-tropical, usually 70 - 80 degrees (F) and very humid. Rainy season is from June till November. Dry season is from December to May.
English is the official language. Other common languages in Belize are: Spanish, Creole, Maya, Garifuna, Ketchi.
Electricity, when available, is supplied at 110 volts, the same as the US, so adapters aren't needed.
The per capital income in Belize is just over $8,400 USD annually, though many families barely survive on $60-100 per month.
By going on a Belize Mission Trip, you are putting yourself in a position to learn about serving others and to share God's love. When people contribute to your trip, they are helping send you out to meet a need, answer a calling and assist the Belizean missionaries and Pastors. An important experience offered by participating in a Missions Trip is to see the Lord provide the necessary finances. It is important to allow family and friends to partner with you through financial, emotional and prayer support. During this process, you will find that people want to be involved in what you are doing, to impact lives through you.
FINANCIAL AND PRAYER SUPPORT
- We encourage you to enlist others to spiritually and financially support your Mission Trip.
- Having other believers support your endeavor is not only ok, it is Biblical. Many people want to participate in Mission but are not able to go. It is a joy for them to help send people like you.
- Ask people to be part of your Prayer Support Team as well, and send them updates by email on how they can be personally praying for you while you are in Belize.
- The process of raising funds can be an uncomfortable one. It is an exercise in humility, which is certainly not a bad thing. Also it enables you to receive the blessings from others. Keep in mind that our God is gracious and good.
- God is the owner of all things (Psalm 50), and if you believe the Lord is compelling you to go, please do not let the issue of money stop you. He can and will provide for you.
- We encourage you to read 1 Cor 9:13-14 to understand that requesting money to further the work of the Lord's Kingdom is acceptable and Biblical. That's a good realization.
SEVEN WAYS TO RAISE SUPPORT
- Yourself: Your savings, work.
- Your Family: Their support and belief in what you are doing. Very affirming.
- Your Friends: They would love to enable you to go by providing support. Even if all they can give is one dollar, every penny counts.
- Your Church. Ask your Pastor, Sunday School Teacher and/or small group leader for help. Also ask if you can share for a few minutes in a Church Service or at a Church group, or show our Mission Video.
- Your Local Newspaper. Ask them to write an article about you and your trip.
- Your Party: Hold a Belize Party at your house and invite all your family and friends, and share with them about your trip.
- Your Fundraising Letter: Mailing a Fundraising Letter is how most Team members raise their funds. Here's some Fundraising Letter pointers and a sample letter to help you get started:
- Make a list of a the people you know. Friends, relatives, neighbors, associates, schoolmates, people from your Church, clubs and groups to which you belong. Start with a few and then expand it.
- Send each person a letter or talk with them in person explaining your Belize Mission Trip and asking for them to give to help you go (see sample letter). Include a self addressed, stamped envelope (with your return address on the envelope).
- Send a thank you note to all who do choose to support you and a letter after you return (include pictures).
Dear (insert their first name),
As you know, I have always been active at my Church. I love helping others and volunteering. Lately, I have felt the need to really get involved in a more personal way. I've felt God has been leading me to serve on a short term Mission Trip.
The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to travel to Belize this (insert date) with a Mission Team from (insert the name of your Church) to serve with a Christian Mission called International Servants, which is bringing hope to children in Jesus' name. Visit iServants.com to learn more about the Mission.
Belize is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with thousands of needy children and families living in desperate poverty.
I would like to invite you to partner with me both in your prayers and your financial support as I begin this journey. This is such a great opportunity for me to serve through the talents God has given me. For this trip to become a reality, I am working to raise $______ to cover my expenses.
If you feel led to contribute financially to this mission, any amount will be greatly appreciated. Please make your check payable to: __________________ (probably the name of your local Church). And mail it back to me in the enclosed, self addressed envelope. In order for your donation to be tax deductible, do not write my name anywhere on the check. You will receive a tax deductible receipt from (insert name of your Church).
Thank you in advance for your prayers, financial support and encouragement. I am excited to share my mission experience with you upon my return!
Blessings!!! (insert your name)
Most of our groups love helping our local Pastors by hosting a VBS for the village children in partnership with our local Churches.
Here's how it usually goes, but you're welcome to customize it:
- 45 minute program: fun songs, skits, Bible teaching.
- 15 minute craft time (great for one-on-one interaction).
- 30 minute game time.
- Total length of each session: 1 and a half hours.
- Pavilion at our Mission Center, School Classroom, or Church building.
- Most groups will choose to do one session in the morning from 10 am - 11:30 am with the first set of children. Then they do a second session in the afternoon from 1 pm - 2:30 pm with a second set of children. However this is all customizable.
- What to bring:
- Bring crafts and snacks for the children for each day, plus sports equipment. You can even use the leftover material from your Churches' VBS. At the end of your Mission Trip, plan to leave your VBS materials and sports equipment with our Mission so we can distribute them to our local Churches who did not get a Mission Team that year, and who want to use them to do a VBS at their local village Churches.
- The Pastor from our local Church here in Belize will be present for your VBS. Focus on reminding the children that they can learn more about Jesus by attending our local Church with our local Belizean Pastors.
- If anyone prays to accept Christ, write their first and last name down on a piece of paper, along with the name of the village they live in. Turn that piece of paper in to our Missionary in Belize at the end of your trip for follow-up.
BELIZE MISSION CHURCH PLANTING STRATEGY
International Servants ultimate goal is to build self-sustaining Belizean Churches, so they someday will no longer need missionaries or aid. We currently have a network of 54 Churches in Belize that we planted, built and/or helped reach full or partial self-sustainability.
We use Belize Mission Trip volunteers like you to help with the Parenting phase. When leading Belize Mission Teams, our goal is to help a Parenting phase Church become a Partnership phase Church (self-sustaining). Our Belize Mission Teams help accomplish this by opening hearts to Jesus, showing God's love, sharing their faith and building new Churches.
Here's our 3 part Church Planting strategy for the country of Belize:
We go into villages that do not have a Church. We share about Jesus, leading a handful to Christ and discipling them. We begin teaching and holding services in a home. This phase requires constant oversight and receives all its funding from us.
The Church begins to become like a teenager. It’s growing, getting larger, learning to do more on its own. It now has a Pastor and a building. It requires a lot of oversight and receives about half its funding from us.
The Church becomes self-sustaining. It has its own building, a Pastor, and runs its own programs, i.e. Sunday School and VBS. The Church is now part of a network of Churches for accountability and encouragement. However, it is also autonomous and self-sustaining and no longer receives funding from us.
Our Missionary work in Belize operates all year-round, 365 days a year.
We are always in need of individuals or Churches willing to donate or raise money for larger projects, such as a new Church, School building or single family home.
To give a gift today, click www.iServants.com In the memo section, you can also make additional notes regarding your designation wishes, including changing it to be used for a Medical Clinic, School building or a single-family home.
We are also always in need of individuals or Churches who are willing to support our Missionary work on a one-time or monthly basis.
To give a gift today to make a difference in the life of a child, family or Church, click www.iServants.com
To give by Check, make your gift payable to:
Mail your Check to:
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About 65% of the population claim to be Catholic, but most are nominal.
Though there are still unreached villages, the evangelical witness is strong in urban areas. However, much of Christianity tends to be nominal, divided, undiscipled and syncretic.
The Cults are very present with most converts being Hindu, Baha'i, Jehovah Witness and Mormon.
Revival is needed to restore the Church and rebuild family life. In many areas, 80% of children are born out of wedlock, and stable, two-parent families are rare.
Few Churches have adequate programs for ministering to young people. High unemployment and limited prospects for advancement turn many youth to drugs, crime, and immorality.
The Spanish-speaking immigrants, with their superstitions, the Maya with their underlying paganism, and the Garifuna, with their black magic, each need a culturally relevant and sensitive presentation of the Gospel. Many areas still have no Churches or Church presence.
Rastafarians reject the Christian world-view and champion Black consciousness, immoral life styles and drug use. This attracts many young people.
The few who are wealthy, are mostly unreached. Some become rich through illegal banking, laundering of drug money, and trans-shipment of drugs from other Latin American countries. The corrupting influence of money and drugs has subverted many in the government, stimulated crime and damaged the society.
A current disheartening trend in missions in Belize is that most missionaries don't stay longer than 18 months before they leave Belize forever, or they simply lead short-term Mission Trip teams and are not involved in genuine, long term, strategic Missions Ministry (especially in the easier-to-access urban and coastal regions). Though they have good intentions, they are contributing greatly to the many problems.
Short-term mission trips done correctly are highly effective and will have long term, positive impact. But to have long term impact, teams need to partner with missionaries who are already having long term impact.
Short-term mission trips done incorrectly are highly destructive and very harmful to the growth of the Church overall and the cause of Christ.
Please pray for Belize, for the people, the Churches, the full time Missionaries and the short-term mission trip groups.
Pray that God will use us to reach this difficult, hurting, diverse, and needy harvest field.
1. What is Belize's national delicacy?
The Royal Rat (aka Gibnut). And, yes, its a large rodent.
2. Is Belize an island?
Most Americans think Belize is an island, but islands only make up 5% of the land mass. The rest is part of the Central American mainland.
3. What is the tallest structure in Belize?
The Mayan pyramid-shaped El Castillo is the tallest man-made structure in Belize and dates back 1,000's of years.
4. What wild meat is a common meal in rural villages?
5. What is the name of the national bird of Belize?
The Keel-Billed Toucan.
6. What is the national tree of Belize?
The Mahogany Tree.
7. What is the national animal of Belize?
The Tapir (it looks like a cross between a giant anteater, a cow, and a hippo).
8. What is the capital of Belize?
Most Americans think it's Belize City, but its Belmopan.
9. What is the area of Belize's land space?
8,866 sq. miles.
10. What countries border Belize?
Guatemala and Mexico.
11. What are 4 of Belize's major exports?
Citrus, sugar, bananas, marine products.
12. What other languages besides English are spoken in Belize?
Creole, Spanish, Ketchi, Maya, Mopan, and Garifuna.
13. What are the names of the three main highways in Belize?
Northern Highway, Southern Highway, and Western Highway. Although sections of the main highways have recently been given names like "Hummingbird".
14. What are the names of the two political parties in Belize?
People's United Party (PUP) and United Democratic Party (UDP).
15. Belize was a former colony of which country until 1981?
16. Who were the first settlers of Belize?
The Mayan Indians.
17. What reason did the Spaniards give for not settling in Belize?
Too swampy and too many mosquitoes.
18. What attracted the British pirates to Belize?
19. In what year did Belize become a colony of Britain?
20. What was the name of the country before 1981?
21. Besides the crocodile, what other animal did the Mayan Indians worship?
22. How many groups of Maya Indians exist in Belize?
23. What's the largest cat in Belize?
Jaguar (up to 333 pounds and 6 feet long. Plus their tail can be another 3 feet long).
24. What year was Altun Ha discovered?
Altun Ha was discovered in the jungle in 1961. The Temple to the Sun God is 52 feet tall. The earliest structures were built by Mayan Indians before the time of Christ.
25. How many types of monkeys exist in the jungles of Belize?
Two (black howler monkey and long-tailed spider monkey).
Hope you enjoyed these Fun Facts about Belize!
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