Knoxville to Belize City
Many members of First Presbyterian Church, including youth, have been involved in hands-on mission work in Belize, a small country in Central America, for more than a decade.
FPC groups have often stayed at Jaguar Creek Mission and Conference Center, a Christian social ministry located about 15 miles south of the capital of Belmopan, between the villages of Armenia and St. Margaret in the Cayo district of central Belize.
Our mission work in Armenia and St. Margaret has focused on delivering medical care, and meeting requests to improve village schools, usually coordinated through Pathlight International a Christian mission agency providing educational opportunities to students in Belize.
Many recent trips to Belize have focused on providing clean water to communities with available but contaminated drinking water. Several FPC members are trained to work with local communities to install and operate Living Waters for the World (LWW) water-treatment systems.
FPC members have installed LWW systems at a nursing home, several schools, and even at Jaguar Creek itself. In 2017 a system was installed at a mission center in the Toledo District of southern Belize, and new relationships continue to develop with communities in need of life giving clean water.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supported the development of relatively low-cost LWW systems to provide clean water for drinking, cooking and infant care to reduce deaths and illnesses from preventable diseases.
All members of the congregation are welcome to go on Belize mission trips. Scholarships can be arranged to meet the travel costs of volunteers in need of partial support.