Belize at a glance
English, Creole, Spanish, Maya
Roman Catholic, Protestant, None
English, Creole, Spanish, Mayan
Roman Catholic, Protestant, None
2018 BELIZE MISSION TRIPS
We'd love to host your group! We've been leading Belize Mission Trips since 1990, so your trip will be well-planned, Christ-centered and safe.
Our full-time Missionary in Belize, Dr. Paul Whisnant, has lived in Belize for 28 years, and is a dual citizen of the United States and Belize. He will work with you to design your groups trip to benefit your group and our Churches in Belize. We will handle all the in-Belize details from start-to-finish, making your trip planning easy.
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.
Kids ministry, church planting, sports ministry, choir performance, evangelism, feeding needy children, construction and medical 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 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 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 grab your heart in such a way that you will want to form a long-term relationship with your host pastor and community. Most of our groups choose to return to the same community each year to continue to encourage the local pastor in the vision God has given him.
Is your Team large? Some of the largest Churches in the United States have trusted us to lead their groups. We've hosted the largest Mission Trip groups in Belize, with many of our groups being over 100 Team members. Our average Team size is 50-100. Whether you have 20 or 150, we'd love to partner with you!
We specialize in custom, short-term, Christian Mission Trips to Belize in the following 4 categories: Adult Mission Trips, Family Mission Trips, College Mission Trips and Youth Group Mission Trips.
Contact us today to learn more about how you can make a difference in Belize on a mission trip.
Belize Mission Trip
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- What's Included:
- Duration: 7d/6n
- Unlimited Consultation
- 35+ Hours of Ministry
- Safe Drinking Water
- Transportation to/from Airport & Ministry Sites
- Partnerships with Local Pastors, Churches & Schools
- 100% Easily Customizable
- Serving with veteran 28 year Missionary
- Sleeping Arrangements: Hotel
- 3 Meals A Day: 2 at Restaurant, 1 in Village
- Recreation or Local Cultural Experiences: Beach or Island Trip, Snorkel, Jungle Waterfall, Living Maya, Monkey River, Zoo or Mayan Ruins Visit
- Materials Provided: Group Leader Handbook, Participant Devotionals and Guides, Trip Promo Videos & Materials, Group T-Shirts, Fundraising Ideas
Prior to the 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 have access to online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promo videos and materials, group t-shirts and unlimited consultations. We will help you utilize your customizable ministry options and will identify a ministry partner 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, transported to/from the airport and to/from ministry sites, have plenty of safe drinking water, appropriate sleeping accommodations, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening 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.
Airfare, passports, vaccinations, spending money, offering at Church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and extra recreation options outside of the normal recreation outing (example: zip lining, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing). Extra recreation options vary depending upon location, be sure to speak with your consultant about these options if you desire to add them to your trip.
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.
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.
In a hotel with usually 2 people per room. All rooms are designated either male or female. Exception: We strive to give married couples and the Team Leader their own private room. If you're coming with your Church group, your Church group leader will make your roommate assignment, otherwise we will.
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 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.
International Servants holds safety as the top priority. Our staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. Our lead Missionary, Dr. Paul Whisnant, has served as a Missionary to Belize for 28 years, and has also served for 20 years 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).
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 will be a language barrier. In those locations, International Servants will provide amazing local staff who will serve as translators for your team. We strive to place Mission Teams in villages or communities where at least half of the local population speaks English. If your group has a lot of Spanish speakers, let us know.
Here's the schedule for most of our Teams. Of course, if you wish to change it, we can easily change it for you.
Sunday: Fly to Belize.
Monday-Thursday: Breakfast with morning devotions, 6-9 hours of village Ministry, dinner at Team hotel.
Friday: Fun day relaxing at a Caribbean beach and souvenir shopping.
Saturday: Fly to USA.
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.
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 2.5 direct hour flight from Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Direct flights can also be found from Charlotte, Los Angeles, Denver and the list keeps growing!
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 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 150, we can lead your group with ease.
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.
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.
The interior mountain areas and coastline are beautiful, with Belize boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world. Forty percent of the country is dedicated to nature preserves. Lush jungle forests are common in parts of southern Belize.
Founded in 1981. Formerly known as British Honduras. And, yes, the Queen of England is still on the currency.
2:1 ($1 dollar US equals $2 Belizean dollars). US dollars are accepted everywhere in Belize.
There are no ATM's near where you will be. You will only see ATM's at the airport or on your free day.
Tropical, sub-tropical, usually 70 - 80 degrees fahrenheit 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.
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.
1. What is Belize's national delicacy? The Royal Rat aka Gibnut
2. What are the primary colors of the Belizean National Flag? Blue, Red, and White
3. What is the name of Belize's National Anthem? Land of the Free
4. What is the national flower of Belize? The Black Orchid
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
8. What is the capital of Belize? Belmopan
9. What is the area of Belize's land space? 8,866 sq. miles
10. What country borders Belize on the west and south? Guatemala
11. What are two of Belize's major exports? Citrus, sugar, bananas, marine products
12. What other languages beside English are spoken in Belize? Creole, Spanish, Ketchi, Garifuna, Maya
13. What are the names of the three main highways in Belize? Northern Highway, Southern Highway, and the Western Highway
14. What are the names of the two political parties in Belize? People's United Party (PUP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP)
15. Belize was a former colony of which country until 1981? Britain
16. Who were the first settlers of Belize? The Maya
17. What reason did the Spaniards give for not settling in Belize? They claimed it was too swampy and had too many mosquitoes
18. What attracted the British pirates to Belize? Logwood Cutting
19. In what year did Belize become a Colony? 1862
20. In what year did Belize achieve its Independence? September 21, 1981
21. Who is the Father of the Nation? Rt. Hon. George Price
22. How many groups of Maya exist in Belize? Three
So how did you do on the quiz?
Statement of Faith: Our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Missionaries, Pastors and Churches follow the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, and the Apostles Creed.
Another frequently asked question is: what denominations do you usually host? The answer is: We've hosted Church groups from almost every Christian denomination. Here's a sample of some of Church denominations we hosted last year: Southern Baptist, Nondenominational, Independent Baptist, Bible, Calvary Chapel, Willow Creek Association, C3 Global, Evangelical, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc.
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)
In the village during the day, wear lightweight clothing (i.e. scrubs, pants or modest shorts) with closed toed shoes (i.e. tennis shoes, boots). At the hotel in the evening, most people shower and change into clean clothes, usually shorts or sundresses.
Pack a flashlight with extra batteries, Bible, pen, paper, toiletries, bug spray, camera, hat, sunscreen, travel alarm, reusable water bottle for the village, individual sized gatorade or pedialyte packets to mix in your water bottle, tissue travel packs, tote bag or backpack for village, any medications you personally need, swimsuit, personal favorite snacks and personal money for souvenirs or donations. Do not bring: expensive clothes, clothing with non-Christian ads (i.e. Beer), mini-skirts, short shorts, midriff tops, bandana's (no blue or red) or expensive jewelry.
A 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.