Belize, Latin America
Rev. Duane and Elizabeth Meissner
Church Planter Missouri District
Area: 22,965 sq km
A Caribbean coastal enclave bordering Guatemala and Mexico. It has the world’s second-largest coral barrier reef.
Population: 312,928 Annual Growth: 2.08%
Official language: English. Spanish spoken by the majority of the population
Largest Religion: Christian
Challenges for Prayer
Pray for the Meissners as they serve in Belize. Pray for safety and sustenance as they travel around the United States for their pre-deployment support-raising efforts. Please pray that the support they need is received. Ask God to give them strength as they make their many transitions. Pray the hearts and minds of the Belizean people are prepared to receive God’s Word.
HIV/AIDS is a serious threat. The 2.4% (and rising) infection rate is the highest in Central America. He Intends Victory and Lighthouse Christian Radio both serve to educate, prevent and minister on this issue and to those who suffer.
Many mission trips focus on this small nation. Much medical and literacy work is positive, but their constant presence creates reliance on foreign believers and not the national Church. Pray for fruitful partnerships where everyone can contribute for Kingdom purposes.
The less-reached peoples include the Garifuna, Mayans, Chinese, and Indians. Pray for clearer and more culturally thoughtful ministries.
Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Rev. Todd & Rebecca Krey
Area: 48,443 sq km
The eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, shared with Haiti.
Population: 10,225,482 Annual Growth: 1.41%
Capital: Santo Domingo
Official language: Spanish
Largest Religion: Christian 9,647,742 Evangelicals 931,234
Challenges for Prayer
The Kreys ask, “Pray for our new Dominican brothers and sisters in Christ, as men are formed to establish Word and Sacrament communities and women are formed as deaconesses. Currently, the Dominican Lutheran church consists of 300 baptized and confirmed members in the entire country. Pray for us as we work in different parts of the country and this region, seeking to teach those who will respond to hearing the Gospel.” Please ask the Lord of the harvest to call more men and women in service to Him.
Prayer Requests from LCMS Missions in Dominican Republic:
For Mount Horeb Medical Clinic and Amigos de Cristo Lutheran Church in Las Americas.
For Concordia Lutheran School in Palmar Arriba and Concordia Lutheran Preschool in Licey, and staff.
For our seminarians, vicars, and deaconate and their studies
For our Foundation, Good Shepherd Lutheran Homes, our group home and the children.
For Christ-centered preaching.
For our mission team and all new missionaries preparing to serve in Latin America.