Missionaries were finishing their last endeavors over the weekend as part of their annual visits to Belize. We are talking about volunteers of the Thirst Mission which provides volunteers from North America to come to Belize to serve on short term mission teams. Once here, the missionaries partner with host churches across the country and spend up to ten days conducting a series of community oriented projects. These include bible schools, sports outreach, construction at churches and schools and medical and dental ministries. Jason Phingsten has been leading teams on an annual basis for at least twenty-five years.
Jason Phingsten – Group Leader
“We have a pastor training and so we have Pastors from around the countries that are here to learn more about hosting a team, what our expectations are for them, and our staff here as well we just got back from four days of training on Caye Caulker too, spend time in the bible and learning about the bible, going through our manuals and our policies just to figure out the best way to provide a great short term mission’s experience for these teams from around North America; they come from Baptist Churches, Presbyterians, and Methodist all different nominations from all different states and even from Canada and they come to serve for a week and their lives have changes when they come down to serve, there is something about getting outside their culture and something about getting outside what they are used to and then coming down and then giving themselves and so many times in the United States run from that people are spoiled and they don’t know how good they have it until they come down and they don’t have air conditioning and see Pastors are working other full time jobs and don’t get paid much by their church and the condition of the church is and the needs of the people down here and they are changed when they go back to the United States and so just a blessing of being a part of bringing people down here and trying to provide great mission experienced for them.”
The missionaries have conducted hundreds of projects. Among their constructions are works done on private residences. Coordinator for the organization in Belize, Angel Castillo, says Thirst Mission has been a blessing within the communities they have served.
Angel Castillo – Coordinator in Belize
“One of the benefits is to provide jobs for the Belizeans and as well the host church that host those churches from North America you know it helps them both on doing different activities such as BBS or even construction of even work in the community. It’s been a great experience; one they get to soak more in our culture, hey get to know more about us and we get to know more about them so it is a great experience between two parties.”
The missionaries visit on an annual basis.
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