We know what you are thinking. St. Lucia? A mission trip to St. Lucia? Yes. The needs are many and we have the incredible opportunity to work with a team that will serve the people of St. Lucia and share with them the Gospel. The trip is just around the corner (more on that later) but let's talk about the needs that we are trying to help first.
Why St. Lucia? Let's talk first about the economic condition of its people. The main source of jobs for its citizens is tourism. But if you go outside of the local tourist hotels, it is a third-world country as with most of the West Indies Islands. St. Lucia is its own sovereign island country in the Eastern Caribbean and is part of the Lesser Antilles. St. Lucia has around a 40% unemployment rate. While the poor live in their own homes, the quality of housing is very inadequate in terms of the amenities available: About 20.8% of households have no form of toilet facilities, and 29.2% are dependent on kerosene for lighting. The average wage is between $1.50 - $3.00 American dollars per hour. It is a very poor country with 23% of the population being children ages 1-14.
Spiritually, this country is thirsty for the Word of God. The leaders of our trip, Darryl and Kimberly Beckum, have been praying and building relationships with the people of St. Lucia for two years now. They have heard the people desire for ways to learn about God, understand His Word better, and grow as a church. We want to help deliver the wisdom and passion we have for God to help grow the people of St. Lucia.