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Local youth group giving back far from home

By August 19, 2015Headlines

A group of 16 youth and five adult leaders from North Bay know all about hot summers and hard work.

The group, from Lakeshore Evangelical Missionary Church, is on a ten day mission trip to San Joaquin, Belize.

The students are working with an international team and local residents, and are sponsored in part by an American group called Thirst Missions Belize.

So far, the students have spent some of their time in a local orphanage, hospital, senior’s home and been involved in a daily Vacation Bible school, where they have run a program for village children with things like games, crafts and even dinner and movie nights.

Merv Shantz, one of the team leaders, in an email interview, says the students have also been busy helping their adopted community and its teachers.


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  • Lois Spencer says:

    My grandchildren, Avery and Holly Spencer attended their mission trip in August,2015, from North Bay Ontario. I would like to give them a Christmas gift by donating to your missions in Belize. How would I be able to do this?

    Thank you for all their experiences.

    Lois Spencer

    • Ashley Binneboese says:

      Hi Lori! I’m sorry for the delay in response, I didn’t see my notification e-mail. Thank you for your heart and encouragement. We are thankful that Avery and Holly were able to experience short-term missions in Belize and for the love that they and their team shared with other. If you are still interested you can send a check with the girls’ names and their church name to our address on the ‘Contact Us’ portion of the website. Any donation will be sent to their partner church in Belize to help their congregation and we’ll let them know who it was from.

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