A short term missions trip changed my life. No joke. No exaggeration. As an 18 year old, newly committed follower of Christ, I traveled to Kharkov, Ukraine with 5 other members of my church. It took planes, trains and automobiles to get to our destination, where we spent two weeks teaching the scriptures, sharing the gospel, and loving orphans. Along with my senior pastor … Read More Short Term Mission, Long Term Impact
When people return home from a missions trip, they are often asked, “How was your trip?!” Generally speaking, people want to hear, “It was great,” and then be relinquished to go about their business. It’s no one’s fault, really, but for those returning from a trip, whose lives have been forever impacted, it can be disheartening to so flippantly respond about our time away. I have been pondering how to … Read More An Imprint on My Heart: Thoughts On Our Time in Belize
Yesterday was a great reminder of Colossians 3:1-3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set 1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Before breakfast this morning, a young … Read More Kingdom Treasures
Today we traveled to Boom Creek to visit the students at Living Word elementary school. This was our church’s second time visiting this jungle village of about 100 people. About 40 students attend the school, grades K-8. I had so much fun leading the children in making salvation bracelets and teaching them how to share the gospel with others. Kendra then led the … Read More Adventures in the Jungle
Yesterday was the last session of the Healthy Church Conference. Because the pastors all needed to preach at their respective churches, they could not return on Sunday. As a consequence, our numbers were dramatically smaller. The upside of that was that we got some great one-on-one time with people, allowing us to get to know people better. Today was a lot of fun. It’s … Read More Home Visits in the Jungle
Yesterday the Belize Training Center hosted the first Healthy Church Conference. Mr. Bob personally invited many local, indigenous pastors and their families to come. Planning for the event was a challenge because we had no way of knowing how many would attend and what their backgrounds, knowledge level, skills or needs would be. Bob has expressed concern for the church in Belize that … Read More Healthy Church Conference
Today was our first full day of ministry in Belize. We started the day leisurely with breakfast at the Training Center, followed by a trip into Punta Gorda for market day. Local vendors come together to sell fruits and vegetables and other homemade wares. Joe challenged the group to look for open doors to encourage the locals and share the gospel and we prayed … Read More Evidences of Grace in Belize
So you may be wondering “Where in the world is Belize?” Belize is a tiny country about the size of southeast Wisconsin, just south of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Our team is in the southernmost part of Belize, just north of Guatemala. Our team is staying at the Belize Training Center, just a few miles north of Punta Gorda. The … Read More Where in the World????
The day began at 2:45…..AM!! By 3:20am Kevin and Kendra picked us up and we headed to the airport. We were joined by the rest of the team at the airport by 4:30am and by 6am, we were headed to Atlanta. Praise God! Our travel went very smoothly today- no hiccups whatsoever. It was really fun to watch Kelli and Ben see Belize from … Read More We Made It!
Today Joe and I, along with a team of 6 others, are heading back to the Toledo District in southern Belize. Last October we had the privilege of meeting and partnering in gospel ministry with Bob and Rhonda Farley, missionaries to Belize for over a decade. This region of Belize is the poorest of all the districts, with only 11 of 52 villages … Read More Heading Back to Belize