To be willing servants of God and the local churches
We haven't come to Belize as experts, but as colaborers and servants. Our desire is to be obedient to God's call in our lives, living and serving, much like we did in the States, but in a much different context here in Belize. Mike works alongside a national pastor, preaching and leading worship every other week, teaching regularly at weekly Bible studies, and assisting with whatever pastoral duties are necessary. We've submitted ourselves to the local Presbytery here, and are committed to serving them according to their needs and their vision for ministry in their churches.
To develop mercy ministries in the impoverished areas of Belize City
There is no shortage of needs or ministry opportunities in the city. Our church, St. Andrew's, is in the heart of downtown, surrounded by the homeless. Currently, we are developing a feeding program to this community, as well as exploring microfinance opportunities for our local friends with business aspirations. Our other city church, Unity, is right in the middle of a cemetary and community called the Burial Grounds. Many families are living in poverty, and our church and school comes alongside of them, giving them hope in difficult circumstances, through education and children's programs.
To live as broken people in a community among broken people, demonstrating grace, mercy, and love in everyday contexts
Our family maintains gospel-centered relationships with friends, neighbors, and community, in order to demonstrate Christ-like family values and Christian living, and to reach into their lives with love, grace, and service. We feed hungry kids, give out clothing and school supplies, babysit and spend time with kids in our neighborhood who need love and attention, visit the sick in the hospital, give rides to doctor appointments or into the city, visit with those in prison, and pray with anyone needing some encouragement and support.
To assist with short term teams and interns
Many teams travel to Belize year round to serve through short term trips. We assist in coordinating these efforts, from logistics to facilitating ministry partnerships between US churches and churches/pastors here in Belize. While teams serve our churches and communities, Mike pastors the team members and provides any needed support for the team leaders. Chrissy joyfully prepares lots of delicious meals and snacks for the teams, and enjoys serving the teams through hospitality.
To equip the national church to reach the next generation by developing local youth ministry programs and leaders
We firmly believe that the future of church leadership lies currently in its young people. With a national population of more than 57% UNDER the age of 24, there is no greater time to be reaching out to the young people of Belize. With that in mind, Mike works alongside Belizeans to train, equip, and encourage them in developing youth ministry programs through their local churches in the Presbytery.