The members of Adventure Sports Ministry (ASM) in Houston are conducting their first international mission trip this summer, and have chosen Belize as their destination! To facilitate this important missionary work, Grand Baymen and Exotic Caye Beach Resort have donated housing for the 35 missionaries for the duration of their trip.
Adventure Sports Ministry is a youth organization that promotes community service and Christian outreach among its members. This will be the organization's first missionary trip abroad, but they are very active in the Houston area, where the youth spend their Friday nights speaking with and aiding the homeless, Saturdays bringing fun activities and Bible lessons to children's shelters via ASM's Outreach Group.
One of the striking things about this group's efforts is that its high school members routinely sacrifice their weekend nights to reach out to others. They also spend many of their summer days treating underprivileged youth to boat trips on area lakes via their Wake the World program.
Graham Gamble, ASM's founder, believes this sort of sustained effort is a key factor in the success of missions like the one heading to Belize this June. "Mission trips tend to change people," he states. But even though your problems seem smaller and your assets greater, people often fall back into old routines shortly after returning from a mission trip."
Mr. Gamble anticipates that this missionary effort in Belize will have a lasting effect on the community in Belize, as well as on the lives of his missionaries. By taking the lessons learned on the trip and continuing to put them into practice back home, ASM hopes to foster a lasting commitment to service among its members.
ASM will be working in the San Mateo community on Ambergris Caye, and has partnered with several local institutions to bring their program to fruition.
San Mateo is an impoverished community on the otherwise pristine island, and lacks basic necessities such as running water, electricity, sewage systems and roads. ASM's local partners will include Holy Cross Anglican School and Sagebrush Church.
International partners have joined the group as well, including Mission Critical International and Tre9, of Hip-Hop Hope. These activists bring with them years of experience working with underprivileged and at-risk groups around the world, as well as a great deal of energy.
Grand Baymen is very much looking forward to hosting this adventurous, altruistic group of youths and adults, and other businesses on the island have also stepped up to offer their services. The Hot Spot Grill and Pineapples will both offer discounted meals to the group of 35, and the missionaries will also be taking a diving tour off Caye Caulker in Shark Ray Alley.
The ASM BoundForBelize 2015 group consists of 18 youths aged 14-24 and 17 adults. They hope this trip will facilitate cultural exchange and also bring some joy to the lives of the San Mateo residents. ASM and its missionary partners will be in Belize from June 7th-15th and are hosting a large community event on Saturday the 13th. They are currently seeking donations of sports equipment to provide to San Mateo schoolchildren.
To learn more about Adventure Sports Ministry and how to get involved, visit their website, or check out their Bound For Belize 2015 Facebook Page. Check back here closer to the time of their visit for updates on their progress. This is an exciting program, and the Grand Baymen community looks forward to seeing the positive change brought to the island by ASM and their partners.
If you want to join Grand Baymen in helping fund this important mission trip to Belize, visit Adventure Sports Ministry's GoFundMe page.