The Beautifully Broken Place We Live
San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye is a tropical island south of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean sea. I know what you are thinking; tough “beach” ministry. While this is an area with beautiful blue water filled with colorful fish, it is also a very broken place that is often overlooked because of its incredible natural beauty. Just beyond the perfectly manicured resorts you find many different ethnic groups living in basic shacks above raw sewage. Home upon home and shack upon shack, abuse, in all it’s forms, is the norm. The great majority of kids grow up in one room, single parent homes or living with their mom and her current boyfriend. To quote a local missionary, “this is an island of kids.” The clique phrase kids having kids truly exists here and because of the lack parental presence or involvement in their lives, they never grown up. In the glow of the beautiful blue sea, coral reefs, and tropical fish, exists an environment ripe for drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, and spiritual oppression from satanic practitioners as well as cults like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons.
SoundS of Hope
Our team has partnered with local ministries to share the hope we have in Christ. We were first drawn here to support a local christian radio station, next we connected with an elementary school to use music to start a mentoring program. At the school we have also assisted with the excellent existing literacy program. Part of the Sound of Hope team have medical skills and have plugged-in to the local clinic assisting the nurses and doctors. And there are Christian churches but none with the ability to reach the island like Sagebrush Community Church. Sagebrush is a large church based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. For years on the island they had prayed about a live worship team. On one of our last trips of preparation before moving here we connected with Sagebrush and began to dream about a partnership. We were truly an answer to each others prayers. Our responsibilities include leading weekly worship service, training future worship musicians and discipleship. Of all the ministries we’ve been part of in San Pedro, past and present, Sagebrush has been our sweet spot. Ministry hasn't always been easy but it’s where our team seems to have had the most success. The church has grown in our time here by roughly 100 people. Every week more than 100 kids show up without parents on their own for the children’s program.