Project ID: BZ0001-65032
When God opened a door for the LCMS to begin working in Belize, He opened the back door. Short-term teams in the remote village of Seine Bight ignited a desire for a permanent presence; OIM called Belize’s first full-time missionary in 2016.
A ministry hub closer to the centrally located capital city of Belmopan only expands the work of Spreading the Gospel, Planting Lutheran Churches, and Showing Mercy, largely among children. Ministry in Seine Bight marches on through the country’s only Lutheran congregation with a physical worship space, Christ Lutheran. In Belmopan and surrounding areas, children look forward to weekly VBS-style kids’ clubs, conducted in English. On paper, Belize is an Anglophone nation, but pockets of Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna, Belizean Creole, and even German explain the need for bilingual ministry workers and LCMS-sanctioned ESL classes. Occasional Christian radio spots further the dissemination of the Good News.
The potential for ongoing short-term team involvement is significant, and partnerships – in-country, with pastors in neighboring Mexico, and stateside – will facilitate sowing additional congregations, sustaining a fledgling school, and forming national pastors.
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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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