Come Serve Away!
Our Belize Journey
Eight years ago, JK Students was looking for a new summer mission trip opportunity. We weren't interested just finding some cool place to serve so we could have an experience we could keep in a box somewhere but rather for a place and people we could partner with in ministry. We wanted the ministry and mission to have a significant impact, not only on us but on the people we serve alongside. After prayer and some internet searching, we came across Thirst Missions. We realized quickly that we have the same goals as Thirst, who helped us get our partnership with el Buen Pastor Church in Orange Walk, Belize set up and running. We have served alongside this church for the past seven years and have just started a new partnership with Orange Walk Baptist Church that we are excited about.
Our ministry in Orange Walk has been significant and important. We have learned a lot, gained brothers and sisters, improved living conditions, taught the bible to children, worshiped, played, laughed, painted, crafted, sweated, mixed a ton of cement, and had an absolute blast doing it.
For many of our students, Belize is their home away from home, a place where God speaks and love is expressed. We are excited about the next steps of this journey.
Come Serve Away!
Questions you might Have
Belize is a Democracy and is safe and stable from a government perspective.
Belizeans look up to and admire Americans. We have found that they naturally take care of people from North America and very much watch over our mission teams.
Tourism, particularly on the cayes, is a part of their economy. So they take pride in the safety of foreigners.
We travel in groups at all times, we sleep in the same building, and safety in numbers is a big safety factor.
Safety in Belize
We partner with local churches who watch out for our group. People from the church and community we partner with watch over us. They would be devastated if something happened to one of us. We are family and honored guests while we are there.
We have Belizeans on our staff who are with the group during the whole trip. They have knowledge and experience in Belizean safety precautions and know the country very well.
Our staff members have Belizean cell phones on them, know where the nearest hospitals are, and have plans in place for unique circumstances.
All members on the trip have our Belizean trip leaders cell phone number in the unlikely case they would be separated from the group.
We travel by bus, with a professional bus driver. We also have a Thirst Mission vehicle with each group in case there is a need for quick transportation to the nearest doctor or hospital.
We rarely travel at night, if there is a risky time of day, it would be after dark.
Thirst also provides our housing. We sleep at a school down the street from the church. We also hire a night watchman to make sure no one enters the property at night.
Belize 2017 Timeline
2017January25th Parent Meeting-Contracts Available
2017February15th Contracts Due
(due: $225 non-refundable deposit)
2017February19th Prep Meeting #1 6:00PM-8:30PM
2017March12th Prep Meeting #2 6:00PM-8:30PM
(due:Thirst Info Form, $225 payment #2)
2017April9th Prep Meeting #3 6:00PM-8:30PM
(due: Pancake Wash $, 7 support letters)
22rd Pancake Wash 7:30AM
30th Prep Meeting #4 3:00PM-8:00PM
(due: Auction Slips, $225.00 payment)
2017May20th Auction Setup 9:30AM
21st Auction 5:00PM-9:300PM
2017June11th Commissioning & Final Meeting 8:00AM-11:30AM
(due: $225 Final Payment)
2017August6th Report Sunday 8:00AM-11:30AM