When God is All Around
A small glimpse into the heart of Paradise Bound Ministries during a Guatemala Mission Trip: This is what it looks like when God is all around you. When God Is All Around from Adam Richter on Vimeo..
THE MOST AMAZING WEEK
of your life
Home Construction, Medical Clinics, the Gospel… and You
Your Paradise Bound mission experience is eight days long yet will live in your heart through eternity as you encounter and share Jesus Christ with those He calls unto Himself through You! You do not need construction skills, medical training or a Spanish speaking background. Let us handle everything; just come ready to serve, be served, and experience the joy of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Our home construction, medical clinics, and Gospel presentations are designed for you to participate at whatever level you can, no matter your age or ability. Our Guatemalan staff will handle the verbal Gospel presentation and invitation to accept Jesus Christ, however you will be right alongside us and alongside Him as he wraps His loving arms around His precious children for eternity.
Youth Pastors & Team Leaders
Paradise Bound schedules mission experiences for churches, organizations, adults, youth, families, couples, individuals or any combination of the above. To find out how to join or form a team, please contact us today.
If you are unable to attend a trip, there are still several ways to get involved with PBM.
- Pray for our ministry
- Become a financial partner
- Provide medical supplies
- Become an Open Doors Partner
WHO ARE WE?
We, the founders of Paradise Bound are fully hands on with every mission team that comes to serve beside us. That includes picking you up at the airport, building homes, conducting medical clinics, sharing team devotions, and presenting the Gospel. We even live in an apartment within the Mission Base where you’ll be staying! We count it a privilege to get to know you personally. After all we will spend eternity together.
We recognize the incredible potential of each team member God ordains to send our way. You and your team are as much a missionary and a part of Paradise Bound as we the founders are! Short term missionaries reach thousands of lives each year. We need you to accomplish the calling of our Lord Jesus Christ!
We know that your prayers, a week of your time, and your financial resources are precious. Together we will make a difference in Eternity.
Your Missionaries, and His Servants, Dan, Heidi, Malachi, Ben, Haven and Elijah Smith
START TO FINISH?
Our Lord has blessed us with a home design that allows a team, even without construction experience, to start and finish multiple homes for the oppressed during just three days of construction. Upon completion of the home the Gospel is shared with the family whom you have built a close relationship with. That is tangible on this earth and in Eternity.
We only invite one team at a time to minister alongside us. We handle no more than 40 persons per team, with 30 being a much better number. You will build deep relationships within the team, our staff, and those whom you are called to minister to. There are hundreds of individuals and churches that return repeatedly to Paradise Bound to continue the ministry our Lord began within their hearts.
ALL THAT BEING SAID…
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” —1 Corinthians 3:5-6. We recognize that we are absolutely nothing and give all the glory and honor to our Almighty God for allowing us the privilege of being a part of His kingdom through salvation in His son Jesus Christ, and as a small part of Him fulfilling His great commission on this earth.
Involving Others - SIGN UP FOR OUR MAILING LIST
Encourage your friends and family to sign up below for our mailing list. They can also visit this site and follow you on your personal and team blogs once you and your team are in Guatemala. The excitement is contagious: A recent team had over 20,000 hits on their blog during their week with us. There are many people in the U.S. wishing to support others following their heart and serving on short term mission trips.
MISSION TRIP FAQ
Testimonies from Team Members
Below are just a few representative testimonies of mission team members who have worked alongside us in our Kingdom Builders and Medical Clinics programs. For more detailed information on each team, view the blog page of prior participants. If you have a testimony about your Paradise Bound experience and wish share with us, please submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A unique encounter with the Living Word transformed my spiritual life on our second mission trip to Guatemala in 2015. In the remote village of San Ramon in the central highlands, we were the first group to stay in the village for a week. Our team leader Dan Smith encouraged us to go beyond just reading our Bibles and to connect with the living Word each day. During a morning devotion, I had a vision of the water trickling downhill from its place of emergence in the ground--itself a mystery, to have a spring at the top of a canyon. All 50 families who perched at the upper reaches of this remote woods used this water. I knew they could not survive without this spring. We drank the water, too. Then I realized that bringing the gospel to them was an offering of Living Water, an eternally renewable resource. All of us depend on both kinds of water to really live, a humbling awareness of our common needs. This simple focus for reflection showed me how God changes us from the inside out. This powerful strategy keeps me connected to God everyday now, no matter where I am.
Our group built a house for a younger family that had 2 small boys about 2 years apart. I also have 2 boys that are 2 years apart, though they are in their teenage years now, I remember when they were that young. Looking at that young family, I thought what if that was me and my family....what if no one came to tell me about Jesus? How would I be able to tell my kids about Him? Puts a desperation in my heart to bring others to Christ...
The family that I had the awesome privilege to work beside in building their home had a 14 year old boy just as I have back at home. I feel God placed us together because that commonplace helped us connect. I was able to genuinely tell him that I would pray for him as I pray for my own son on our parting day. This brought a big smile to our faces as we both felt a part of the larger family of God.
I saw God in so many ways through my trip to Guatemala. I saw him through the joy of the people. The people in the villages had so little, yet they were so joyful and thankful for what they did have. We have so much here in the US, but it still isn't enough. They taught me to find God and find joy in everything. I also saw God through answered prayers. God answered so many prayers and he answered them quickly. I truly learned the power of prayer and saw how important it is to pray. I saw God at work in Guatemala and I pray that I will be back soon.
MISSION TRIP REGISTRATION
We are excited to have you become a part of the incredible work our Lord is accomplishing in Guatemala. We look forward to working and growing alongside you as we Love “…the least of these” in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! If you are interested in joining or leading a team and you have missed the application deadlines please contact Maureen (email@example.com) for availability and more information.
2020 Winter Mission Team Dates
- Team Kerkstra | January 12-19: Follow Our Journey!
- Team Hudsonville Reformed | January 26 - February 2 Follow Our Journey!
- Team Woodhaven/Fellowship | February 6-13 Follow Our Journey!
- Team Ridgepoint/Lifestream | February 18-25 Follow Our Journey!
- Team Green Lake Calvary | February 27-March 5 Follow Our Journey!
- Team City Church Rockford | March 10-17 Register Now!
- Open Team Registration | March 23-30 Register Now!
2020 Summer Mission Team Dates
- Team Hope CRC | June 3-10: Register Now!
- First Christian Reformed | June 3-10: Register Now!
- Team Paradise Landing VBS | June 7-14: Register Now!
- Team Allendale Christian | June 14-21: Register Now!
- Team Calvary | June 15-20: Register Now!
- Team Sullivan | June 22-29: Register Now!
- Team Hillcrest | July 6-13: Register Now!
- Team Fremont | July 13-20: Register Now!
- Team First Covenant | July 29 - August 5: Register Now!
- Team Rehoboth | August 7-14: Register Now!
FIND OUT MORE
Want to read more about our mission trips or discuss possibilities with someone directly? Browse our Mission trips section for details and get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your interest!