Belize is a small country in Central America whose people are from various ethnic groups. The largest religious group are Roman Catholics who comprise 49 % of the population. Evangelical Christians make up about 12% of the population. However, being a Christian in Belize for the most part only means going to church and not being different from anyone else.
- 13 tertiary institutions, 4 IVCF groups
- 1 full-time staff and 12 volunteers (teachers)
- high school ministry in 15 schools
- graduates fellowship under development
- largest group: over 30 members
- smallest group: 8 members
IS/IVCF thanks God for students willing to step out in faith. The group at the University of Belize in Belmopan has had a consistent witness on their campus from the year it started (1996) to the present. In 2014, IS/IVCF had an outreach to San Pedro, the capital city of an island called Ambergris Caye, about an hour away from the mainland of Belize. A number of contacts were made and they now hope to start a group at a high school there.
The movement’s camping ministry has also had a big impact on the spiritual lives of young people. Over the years, their pre-Easter camp brought together 50+ students and a dozen helpers – with some of the campers coming to faith each year. The movement thanks God for committed volunteer teachers in its high school ministry.
View from the inside
Lance Lewis is an associate staff worker for IS/IVCF Belize. He says, ‘I was saved at high school as a direct result of an ISCF group.’ He is grateful as he sees the Lord’s faithfulness over the years and looks forward to be able to thank God for 25 years of the movement in 2015.
Philippians 4:13 encourages Lance in the ministry: ‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’
- for passionate staff to stand alongside the students;
- for students to resist the lure of materialism and traditional religious practices;
- for the pioneering of new groups.