Dear heavenly Father, through your Son, you commended us to proclaim the gospel to all nations, make your gospel bear fruit in the mission of Belize, so that many more who do not yet know you may come to you and receive the great benefits of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Bless all our missionaries and their families. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen
Rev. Herb and Markie Burch serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Belize, Central America. From Belize, they support other Lutheran ministries in Central and South America.
The Mission took its first steps in the Placencia peninsula, specifically in Seine Bight. Currently we have a new building that serves as a house of mercy and place for divine services.
The mission has since expanded the work to include Riversdale in Stann Creek district, Valley of peace and Maya Mopan, both in the city of Belmopan, and Orange Walk in the northern part of Belize.
Working together and in partnership with the Belize Mission Society, we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, plant Lutheran Churches and continue to show mercy. Mercy ministry includes scholarships for students in public schools. The Belize Mission Society also supports a school lunch program at St. Alphonsus School in Seine Bight.
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In 2002 St John Lutheran in Ellisville, MO began sending short term mission teams to Belize. There, they established relationships in the village of Seine Bight on the Placencia Peninsula that grew and eventually led to the formation of the Belize Mission Society. They sent more short term teams to Belize during the off-season months, because the rates for lodging were less, and the opportunities to serve the people greater. Leaders of the Belize Mission Society realized they needed a “flip flops on the ground” missionary who could foster the relationships they had established, and build a permanent presence in Belize.
Working together and in partnership with the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, they share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, plant Lutheran Churches and continue to show mercy.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
The desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ combined with human care, has motivated many short-term teams to travel to Belize to support teaching, catechism and the Word. This turn in church planting where short term teams first explore an area, then bring in long term missionaries opens doors to evangelism, Blble training and outreach that multiply the efforts of our valuable long-term missionary families.
Benjamin and Karina serve the Lord in the mission of Belize. Benjamin is realizing his vicarage, focusing his work with Spanish speaking people. He is a Bolivian and a student at Concordia the Reformer Seminary.