Although the small country of Belize is breathtakingly beautiful, it is a very spiritually dark country that is suffering from the fallout of centuries of works oriented salvation, black magic, voodoo, and witchcraft.
Belizeans are largely professing Christians, but nominal at best. The Spanish-Speaking immigrants with their superstitions, the Mayans with their underlying paganism, the Garifuna with their black magic and the many old colony Mennonites relying on their cultural and religious heritage as a means of salvation- each needing a culturally relevant and sensitive presentation of the Gospel. Also present in Belize are the East Indians, Chinese and Arabs. All with the same spiritual needs.
The Belizean people are a mixture of ethnic groups unique in their individual cultures, but mingle together to create a unique Belize culture.
Many of the Belizean children suffer from broken homes, teenage unwanted pregnancies, and simple neglect and abandonment. Belize has long been an important trans-shipment link in the chain of drug supply between the producers of South and Central America, creating a deluge in illegal drugs.
As always, the children become the victims. Many of the children do not have school supplies, proper shoes, and uniforms that are required for attending school. Though few orphanages exist, countless children are neglected.
To sum it all up - Belize is a country that is spiritually mal-nourished. Of the country's nine major religious groups, the Roman Catholics are the largest with 3 in 5 Belizeans claiming to be followers. Anglicans and Methodists comprise the two largest Protestant denominations. The next largest groups are the Pentecostals and Seventh Day Adventists. And of course the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses are ever seeking inroads into Belizean souls.
With all this being said - the spiritual climate is cold & dry. Belizeans need to hear a biblical gospel message and expository teaching of God’s Word. These two needs are predominantly missing in Belize. God has given to Debie and me a clear calling to come along side in helping others meet these needs through the development and ministry of ‘Calvary Chapel Missions Reaching Out to Belize‘.