The church/state educational system in Belize offered amazing open doors for the Gospel to reach children. Educators caught the vision and were part of establishing 114 new weekly Good News Clubs in schools.
A team of 31 Child Evangelism Fellowship® missionaries from the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean converged for Good News Across Belize earlier this year. This ministry team partnered with local churches that were willing to adopt a school in their neighborhood for ongoing outreach. As a result of the partnership, 258 teachers received the first level of training, and over 10,000 children heard the message of Christ clearly presented.
Schools in Belize are part of a church-state system in which the churches operate the schools on behalf of the government. North America/Caribbean regional director Myron Tschetter said, “We were able to go from school to school. Even beyond the churches catching the vision, the schools caught the vision. School principals said, ‘Please, we need this. Would you come in and have a Good News Club® in every classroom? We have missed it. We have had the opportunity in our religious school to be reaching the children, and we have not been sharing the Gospel. I want all of our teachers to take this training and to come back and be able to share the Gospel with the boys and girls.'” Clubs were held in 40 schools.
School general manager Brenda Kidd said, “We have this golden opportunity to reach the children and by extension the families. The greatest joy is to see children accept the Lord as their Savior.”