March 12, 2017 thirteen Summit members traveled to Belize for five days of Global Missions outreach. Working with the Praying Pelican Missions this group started their week at the Pomona Christian Community Church in Pomona, Belize. While working with the Praying Pelican Missions our team serves to the needs of indigenous local churches, pastors, and communities.
"When we arrived in Pomona the first day Pastor Wayne asked us if we had brought our tools.... very confused we said we didn't know we were supposed to bring any tools. He then explained that our goal for the week was to build a new playground. With no playground building experience our team decided to give it a try. God definitely moved in some amazing ways through this process and at the end of the week had we're able to leave the church with a new playground for all the kids and the community." - Taylor Langley
Not only did our team build a playground! They also assisted in teaching school lessons and bible stories to preschool aged children. These children also participated in a local children's concert/competition. The team got to watch the children perform a song and dance they had been working on all week. Austin was honored to get to pray over the entire audience before the concert began.
During the week the team had the opportunity to deliver food to families in the community that were in need. This gave the team a chance to share the gospel, have intentional conversation and prayer over the families. During one of these visits some of the team met a man that had been severely injured in a motorcycle wreck. He told them the story of how he was nearly dead but prayed God would heal him and God completely healed him!
"I teared up as he told this story because it was so impactful. Hearing about God's miracles and being able to heal His people impacted us so much, and gave us more confidence in trusting God to do miracles in our own lives. It was such a cool story to hear and relationship to make while on the trip!" -Kassidy Cook
"Belize is an amazing country. The people greet you with a smile, are happy as can be, and treat you the way Jesus would. Serving alongside them brings it back to the basics and helps refocus and remind you of the simple command Jesus gave us in Luke 10:27 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ For me this trip did just that. Being able to let go of all the distractions in the US and focus on God is one of the best things you can do. I would encourage anyone to try a mission trip if they haven't before!" -Taylor Langley