2016 Missions Trip to Curacao
- Spread the love of the Lord Jesus Christ . We will be doing that in a number of significant ways.
- Building a Church for Pastor Kenneth Thijm congregation which is named Iglesia Bida Nobo, [ New Life Church ]
- Pastor Thijm is also the superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Aruba, Bonnaire,and Curacao [ also known as the ABC islands].
- The facilities will serve both the Dutch and Spanish congregations.
- The type of construction will depend upon the progress of construction teams at the time of our arrival.
- Missionary Sam Mayeski envisions us doing a variety of finishing work on the church
- Previous MAPS teams will be doing building projects on the church before our arrival.
- A Mega Sports camp ministry is a strong possibility .
- The island of Curacao is a great baseball island [ like the D.R.] Some great players in the MLB come from Curacao.
- Every young boy dreams of growing up to play MLB in the U.S. some day. Soccer is also quite popular.
- Orphanage ministry and “Latch Key after school ministry” is a strong possibility. These “Latch-Key children are Kids at risk” who are alone for some hours after school due to family situations [absent parents, single parents, etc.] This would be done in the Capital City of Willemstad. This would be a great opportunity for team members with a heart for children's ministry.
- Evangelism and preaching opportunities are also a possibility.
- Anything else the Holy Spirit opens the door for us to do!
Facts About Curacao
- Curacao [ KUR-a-sow] is just off the coast of Venezuela, South America in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 40 miles north. It is the largest and most industrialized island in the Netherland Antilles, covering 182 square miles.
- A self-governing part of the Netherlands, Curacao is a major tourist destination boasting white-sand beaches, crystalline waters, and popular casinos.
- Curacao has a 320,000 barrel per day oil refinery, Isla, operated by the Venezuelan state company PDVSA. It generates heavy oil-shipping traffic.
- Once the center of the Caribbean slave trade. Curacao was hard hit by the abolition of slavery in 1863. Its prosperity—and that of neighboring Aruba—was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of refineries to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields.
- Curacao is known for its multi-cultural population, it has Dutch, Papiamentu, and English as official languages.
- On the east end of the island is the colonial-style capital and major port or Willemstad, most of Curacao’s 130,000 residents live in the vicinity of Willemstad.