Project Sonrise

General

Classification: Church Extension
Type of Organization: Both (MSO/UMO)
Legal Name: Project Sonrise
Established: 1985
Alias/Other Name(s): Belize Basecamp

Organization Description & Goals:

Our main goal is educating and equipping the children of Belize with the gospel of Christ. We do that by helping keep less fortunate kids in school via our student sponsorship program and through the generosity of visiting teams. Our ministry, Project Sonrise was started in 1985. My wife and I purchased the property from a retiring missionary couple and signed on as Directors in 2010. Since then we have felt called to house short term mission teams eager to share the gospel! We can house teams up to 35 in size. What we do is really unique! First off we plan the trip WITH the team leader based on how he/she feels the team is best equipped/called to serve. Then we give them options of local ministry partners to choose from and plan their itinerary accordingly. Some teams come to VBS or bible Camp while others do Sports Ministry or Jesus Film showings in remote villages. Other teams opt to do construction projects or serve in the local schools, churches or childrens homes. We have also had team do concerts in the parks, street evangelism, disciple-making and pastor training sessions and more! We offer low cost (think TOTAL trip cost of $1000, including airfare!)gospel-centered, trips and we serve you while you serve! We also encourage teams to take sometime to soak up the culture and really experience Belize. See the needs so you can communicate to others back at home why they should consider a mission trip!

Organizational Principles

Purpose & Mission Statement:

Turning the hearts of youth and families to God and each other and to help people experience Christ rather than man’s creation of religion, so they can grow strong in Christ . And to teach and equip the children of Belize with the gospel of Christ

Denomination(s): Nondenominational
Open to New Locations: No
Service Locations: International
Active Cities: N/A
Active Regions: N/A
Active States: N/A
Active Countries: Belize

Core Values:

Christ-like Like many developing countries Belize has a strong need for mission-minded, compassionate volunteers to show Christ's love. Many of these young children and teens have been abused and brought up in a broken home, searching for love wherever they can find it. Or at least something that looks like it. They need to learn of the hope and redemption found in Christ. They need to know what true love looks and feels like and that Christ has a plan for their lives. They need Christ-like people to teach them what it is to live Christ-like lives. They need Christ.

Missions-Sending

Ministries Offered Agricultural
Children
Church Planting
Construction
Distribution
Education
Evangelism
Internships
Internships (Collegiate Accredited)
Internships (High School)
Language Lessons
Medical
Optical
Outdoor Adventure
Prayer Walking
Prison
Sports
Missionary Durations: 1 to 3 Weeks
Individuals: Yes
Divorced: Yes
Married Couples: Yes
Families: Yes
Groups: Yes
Educational Requirements: No
Does the organization provide funding? No
Does the organization provide benefits? No
Does the organization require training? No
Does the organization provide training? No

Application Process:

Make contact, set dates, make 25% deposit 60 days prior to teams arrival, remaining balance 30 days prior to arrival.

Speaking to Past or Present Missionaries:

Contact me and I will arrange for conference call.

Characteristics of the Ideal Missionary:

Flexibility and compassion for others are the two key characteristics! Things can change on the mission field in a hurry so being flexible and keeping in mind who you are there to serve and why you are there are necessary.

Unique Services & Resources

Provided Services & Resources:

Agricultural
Camp Ministry
Collegiate Accredited Class
Community Outreach
Missions Field Training
Networking
Prison
Sponsoring
Water Outreach

Agricultural:

Description:

We would love to have (for instance) 4H or other teams to come teach locals how to be more efficient in their methods. Urban farming would be great to teach as well as raising animals for food and profit.

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Students
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: No
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: Yes

Camp Ministry:

Description:

We encourage teams to bring camp to the Caribbean! We would LOVE teams to come do week-long VBS camp or Sports Ministry camps or any type of fun gospel-centered camps that will engage and equip the local children with the gospel of Christ!

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Retail Customers
Students
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: No
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: Yes

Collegiate Accredited Class:

Description:

We have helped students from PLU in Seattle, NNU in Idaho as well as students from Central Washington University receive Cross Cultural credits, Sociology credits and History and Spanish credits. We will gladly provide your institution with necessary documents to help you earn credits in these areas of study.

Resource Availability: Churches
Individuals
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Students
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: No

Costs of Service or Resource:

As it requires staying in our facility for one month to receive course credit students are asked to raise $250 for lodging as well as their own funds for meals and extra-curricular activities.

Community Outreach:

Description:

Belize culture does not revolve around community as you might see in the U.S. and Canada. Most often it is the "look out for yourself" mentality as poverty does not allow for helping the neighbor. We would love to have teams come do teaching on community and loving thy neighbor. Mark 12:31 Also it would be great to have teams come teach single mom and parenting classes. Half the population of Belize is under the age of 18. And most of these kids are raised by single moms who work 2 or 3 jobs to provide food and pay for schooling, so they don't know what it looks like to be a caring, nurturing mom. We would encourage Men Teaching Men classes as well. So many kids in the villages do not have fathers present in their lives and miss out on learning basic automotive or carpentry skills.

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Retail Customers
Students
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: No

Costs of Service or Resource:

Depending on what exactly teams would like to do we do ask for a minimal fee to help with costs of materials. Exact amounts to be determined.

Missions Field Training:

Description:

Belize is a great 1st trip for youth teams as it is the only country in Central America where English is the primary language. Also, it's close proximity to the United states means teams won't spend a fortune on airfare and the currency exchange is a simple 2 to 1 U.S. dollar. We feel our facility is the perfect place to teach teens what it looks like to be on mission. We are also in the process of developing a Missionary Boot Camp for those looking to be long term missionaries. This month long course will teach individuals to be reliant on God,share the gospel, disciple others, survive in the jungle and much much more. Details coming soon!

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Retail Customers
Students
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: No

Costs of Service or Resource:

Current rates for basic team stays apply. Future Missionary Boot Camps will have a fee but that is still in development.

Networking:

Description:

We work with many local ministries in Belize and we believe in networking for the greater good. In the planning process we find out how teams wish to serve and connect them with local ministries doing what they are seeking to do. For some teams that means Sports Ministry with XYZ while other teams may opt for construction projects at the local school. We work with many pastors, ministry leaders and community organizers to accomplish the task of spreading the gospel using the gifts and abilities of the visiting teams! We also have a sister church program that partners churches from the U.S. and Canada with new church plants/start ups in Belize to educate, encourage and teach them to further their walk with Christ. This is not a financial partnership but one to encourage as Christ's disciples encouraged the new churches by sending teams to work with them and encourage them.

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Retail Customers
Students
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: No
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: Yes

Prison:

Description:

We work with Freedom House, a sort of halfway home for recently imprisoned felons and recovering addicts. Several of the pastors we work with also have prison outreaches and we are looking for teams willing to serve in this field.

Resource Availability: Church Members
Churches
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: No
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: No

Sponsoring:

Description:

Belize has no free schooling. Our ministry started as a way to keep less fortunate children in school. We have a great student sponsorship program that works directly with school administrators so that all donated funds go directly to student development. We do not charge an administration fee or any other hidden costs. 100% of donated funds go toward student education. And we encourage sponsors to come visit their students to further encourage them! We are happy to partner with churches and christian schools in keeping kids in school and providing communications for both parties. Sponsors receive hand-written thank you letters as well as pictures and progress reports.

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Students
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: No
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: Yes

Costs of Service or Resource:

Student Sponsorship costs vary greatly depending on level of education of each student.

Water Outreach:

Description:

We have had Engineering students come develop Bio-sand filtration systems for local schools and communities and are always searching for ways to partner with individuals and organizations to further produce clean drinking water.

Resource Availability: Church Members
Church Staff
Churches
Individuals
Ministry Personnel
Missionaries
Missions-Sending Organizations
Non-Profits
Retail Customers
Students
Other
Location(s): International
Active Countries: Belize
Cost for Resources/Services: Yes
Open to expanding to new locations: Yes
Open to helping duplicate ideas in new locations: Yes

Costs of Service or Resource:

Teams wishing to construct any type of water filtration system will need to contact us directly to discuss options and costs as these vary per system and style.