Projects in Belize have been consistent since Legacy’s inception. Two churches, Whitehouse First Assembly and Cornerstone, have felt a draw to the Belmopan area, and Legacy partnered with them to invest heavily in this region.
We started with the YWAM campus where we built student housing for some of the boys who attended the soccer camp, and then we were connected with pastors in the small Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout.
In this poor community, elementary students often didn’t attend class because there was no incentive and no accountability. Michael Fleming, a Wonder Voyage board member, met with a pastor in the community who believed that if they could feed the kids, they’d come to school. The solution: Legacy funded the construction, and WFA and Cornerstone built a kitchen thereby feeding both the students’ minds and bodies.
The next problem was the high school kids. Teens had to trek two hours (one hour by foot and one hour by bus) each way to get to a campus, so most simply didn’t go to class. The same local leaders started construction on a high school campus within Spanish Lookout. They built until they ran out of funds. Stopped. Prayed. Waited. And then built more when more funds came in.
They were completely stalled on the final projects, which included bathroom construction, plumbing, a complete septic system, a computer lab, computers, networking, and software. They needed $43,000 to finish the project and open the school. It was here that we believed it was time to kick Legacy up a notch.
The Legacy investment team is born.
In 2019, Legacy established a team of initial investors with this school as our maiden project. Each core team member donated, and each was allowed to bring one additional person onto the core team. WFA and Cornerstone were also invited to donate to the cause, and the core team matched their donation.
Beyond the financial gift, each of these investors traveled to Belize in January to get their hands on the project, have a true Wonder Voyage pilgrimage experience including a three day sailing voyage down the coast of Belize, and then brainstormed options for the next major Legacy project.
The vision becomes a reality.
The Grace Instrument Christian Academy will open for classes in September 2020. You can see a tour of the school and follow their latest updates on Facebook.