Belize is a small yet culturally diverse nation on the eastern coast of Central America, bordering Mexico and Guatemala. Renowned for Mayan ruins, beautiful rainforests, and Carribbean Sea coastlines, Belize is also known for its high violent crime rate (largely related to drug trafficking), a frail education system, inequality and high poverty rate. The local church, when empowered and mobilized into surrounding neighborhoods, can play a huge role in reversing the cycle!
6 out of 10
children lack basic needs for survival
of the population lives below the poverty line
In spite of the challenges Belize has overcome and currently facing, there are strong leaders who have been instrumental in the community and the story God is telling. Leaders who have weathered storms, overcome hurdles, and come out stronger than ever because of their unwavering faith and vision. Pastors Michael & Patricia Evans have been such pillars in the community of Dangriga.
Pastors Michael and Patricia Evans have been serving the Lord in the Southern town of Dangriga, Belize since 1980. In 1984, they also began a school that now serves 180-200 children, from elementary through 8th grade. They have a desire to provide free after-school tutoring services for underprivileged children as an avenue to spread the Word of God. Michael and Patricia hope for a revival in Dangriga and the country as people discover a deep hunger and thirst for God. They have been married for 45 years and have 5 children with 14 grandchildren. In their free time, Michael enjoys basketball and Patricia has begun vegetable gardening.
Stacee Strickland will be moving to Dangriga to become our Field Director in Belize, partnering with Pastor Michael and Patricia Evans. She is an avid athlete whose ministry includes athletic programs as outreaches into impoverished communities. Being raised with the values of generosity and missions, she looked to sports ministry as a way to spread the gospel.. Since 2005, she has traveled the world hosting sports camps with local churches. In her free time she is generally found outside with her dog Coach, watching baseball, or participating in athletics.
Pastor Evans' church, Faith Family Worship Center (FFWC) has been a staple in the community for 50 years and is located in Dangriga - a city widely regarded as "The Cultural Capital of Belize". What a strategic place to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
FFWC exists to transform, equip, and mobilize kingdom-minded leaders for Jesus Christ to bring the good news, heal the broken-hearted, proclaim freedom for the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind.
FFWC has several initiatives to reach the community, the most prominent being an elementary school that serves 180-200 children. We would love to play a role in helping this school grow in influence and in numbers in order to make a holistic impact in the lives of the children and their families.
Stacee is currently raising support with a goal of being fully fundraised by October and living in Belize by November 2021. She will partner with FFWC in the ongoing work they are already doing, while also using her God given skills in athletics to create a sports ministry. These sports programs will be a huge blessing to the community and also empower churches in the area to join together in reaching out to others. People who might not ever step foot in a church will have new opportunities to step on on the field, step into relationship with people who love them, and be given an invitation to cross the line of faith.
We are thrilled to see what God does and invite you to be part of the movement!
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