We lived on the island as a team for a year. Here is a glimpse into what we did during that time:
Singing with Friends (Leading Worship)
Moving to a new country, getting settled, and beginning ministry was a challenge. Thankfully our partner church Sagebrush has already gone through these growing pains and was well established. Even though we were ramping up ministry with our other partnerships and figuring out details, we almost immediately were able to pour our energy into leading worship at Sagebrush.
Growing with Friends (Discipleship)
Along with leading worship, discipleship is our main work at Sagebrush. The men of Sound of Hope jumped into participating in and now lead a men’s group. This has freed up the campus pastor to work more intentionally training up future Belizean church leaders.
The women of Sound of Hope began a women’s Bible study. Meeting every week has provided a rich time of fellowship and biblical discussions. The women who show up have received some much needed healing prayer and caring friends to share life with.
With the mission of training up future worship leaders, we began a Jam night. Jam night is an informal time where musicians of all skills get together to learn and play music. The evening begins with a brief teaching on worship, followed by prayer and then instruction and playing through about 5 or 6 songs.
Lastly is our personal relationships beyond the group times. Team members have built life-long friendships in which spiritual growth is happening. Some are already brothers and sisters in Christ, others are resistant to church and some are faith-curious and have visited church a few times. Encouraging conversations, personal prayer, sharing meals, and bible studies are happening weekly to encourage our friends into deeper relationships with Jesus.