The Bridge church in Mount Olive held its annual fundraiser for its Belize mission team by hosting “Sunday Night Live: Belize” on June 9.
The Bridge’s Sunday Night Live is inspired by late-night talk and comedy shows. Attendees were treated with crowd participation games, scavenger hunts and meme challenges. The kids had their own special contests as well and faced off in a Fortnite dance competition.
Leaders at The Bridge interviewed Jerry Allen, who heads the Belize mission team, during the SNL event and gathered the crowd to pray for the team and its upcoming trip.
“Our primary mission in Belize is to witness for Christ and promote discipleship. This year’s trip will be 10 days which is a little bit longer than our normal trip,” said Sarah Wiggs, the church’s communications director. “Once in Belize, we will head south to the small village of Jalacte in the Mayan mountains. There, our work continues in that village church — The Bridge at Jalacte. We never really know what work needs to be done to the church until we get there. Last year, we realized the church needed painting, so we painted the church.
“We will also led a Vacation Bible School at the church with lots of crafts and games for the kids,” she said. “We have got some new games for them this year and are going to install a set of horseshoes. Last year, we began working in Crique Sarco, another Mayan village. We helped a congregation dig a foundation for a new church. Weather permitting, we will go back to help them as well.
“It’s important to help as many churches as we can. Then, we will go to northern Belize for an ongoing project involving the development of a 25-acre site — the campground,” Wiggs said. “This property is being developed for the adults and youth of all IPHC (International Pentecostal Holiness Church) churches throughout Belize. To date, teams have cleared the land, put in the first road across the property, erected a wood working shop and installed bathrooms. Further development plans for this property include a school and a medical clinic.
“On this trip, we’ll be setting up for a dedication of the tabernacle,” Wiggs added.
SNL ended early due to a power outage, but Pastor Andrew Price said he thought the night went exactly how it was supposed to.
“The night was a great success. To be able to have fun and raise money for such a great cause is a win-win,” he said. “We have been going to Jalacte, Belize for five years now, so the relationships we have been able to establish and the work we have done over there for those people has been life changing... for them and us.”
“It was exciting to see so many children be able to take part in the games,” he said. “I have never seen so many smiles or heard so much laughter with an event we have done.”