About Us

Praying Pelican Missions is called to further the kingdom of God and our Lord Jesus Christ by providing missions experiences for people with a heart to serve others for His glory.

Praying Pelican Missions is a short-term international missions organization serving the needs of indigenous local churches, pastors, and communities around the world. We set up and lead mission trips for churches, small groups, families, and individuals from North America, continually expanding and strengthening a network of pastors and communities both abroad and in the United States. Each year as lives are touched and hearts are transformed, there is an increasing number of pastors, churches, and communities inviting mission teams to serve alongside them through Praying Pelican Missions. We are continually amazed to witness and be part of God's movement in the world, from Chicago to Costa Rica to South Africa and everywhere in between.

Through Praying Pelican Missions, more than 12,000 short-term missionaries have served in over 200 different communities throughout Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and parts of the U.S. Teams join us from all over the United States and Canada, making us the largest provider of short-term mission opportunities.

History. it goes back a bit.

The Beginning: Praying Pelican Missions (PPM) began in 2003 serving two communities in Belize. We expanded to Jamaica in 2007, and now annually serve more than 100 communities between the two countries, making us the largest provider of mission trips to Belize and Jamaica in the U.S. Curious about the name? Since pelicans are common in Central America and the Caribbean where our ministries began, the founders decided to incorporate a pelican both to add an element of fun and to make a memorable logo to help spread the good news of Jesus Christ. As the pelican is an ancient symbol of Christian sacrifice, this turned out to be the perfect choice for a mascot: the legend states that a mother pelican, in times when food was scarce, would sacrifice her life by pecking herself to feed her baby. In the same way, Jesus gave His life for us. This has become a great way to share the gospel and communicate our mission wherever we serve. (wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelican)

Now: Praying Pelican Missions is currently serving in many locations throughout the world. Our staff includes more than 100 individuals both in the U.S. and in the local communities where teams serve. We now serve in hundreds of communities all around the world and are continually seeking to add more locations and opportunities as the Lord leads and opens the doors.

Philosophy. why we do what we do.

From the very beginning, our heart and vision has been to impact the world for Christ - one country, one city, and one community at a time. Praying Pelican Missions' scope of ministry has expanded significantly through God's blessing thanks to a unique, healthy, and dynamic ministry environment. Read on to learn what makes us different from other mission organizations.

Pastoral Vision: Praying Pelican Missions teams serve within the vision of the pastoral leadership of each nation. We believe that healthy ministry is done through the local church; this provides opportunity to learn what God is doing another part of the world, shows us how we can encourage and empower the local pastor and congregation, and inspires us to continue sharing resources and follow up after a trip is completed. We are approved and authorized to serve in all our locations by the local church, and we respect and honor their leadership. This philosophy ensures that our teams are ministering within the overall spiritual vision for each country, determined by those who know it best.

Authentic Partnership: The pastors, Praying Pelican Missions staff, and community you'll be building relationships with are part of a genuine partnership between the local community and Praying Pelican Missions. We have native staff in almost every location we serve who help guide, lead, and direct our teams, in conjunction with our staff from North America.

Your Direction: Nobody knows your mission team better than you. Praying Pelican Missions respects and supports your leadership in ministry, allowing you to continue leading your team on the mission field and choosing the ministry options that best suit your team's gifts. In addition to serving the local community, our goal for your mission trip is to create a safe, healthy environment that will promote personal and spiritual growth for your team at an unprecedented level. We handle all of the logistics so that you can focus on day-to-day relationships and ministry.

Long-term Relationships: After connecting spiritually and socially with a community on a mission trip, Praying Pelican Missions offers you the opportunity to continue those relationships and watch God work year after year. More than half of our teams return to the community they first served in and continue to foster and develop those relationships on deeper levels.

Expectations. what you can expect from us.

Praying Pelican Missions has had over 12,000 short-term missionaries serving in over 200 different communities throughout Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Western Africa, and parts of the US. We have had teams join us from all over the United States and in Canada. Each year, there is sufficient need to open the doors to 20 new communities. Now, more than ever, we need people to do God's work in these communities.

Christ-Centered: At the heart of our vision is the desire to be an organization that glorifies Jesus Christ in all that we do. We strive to create an environment that positively impacts each individual coming into contact with us, including group participants, community members, cooks, bus drivers, and the community at large. Before, during, and after a PPM mission trip, we're intentional about making room for quiet time and reflection so each participant can fully engage in the mission experience in a meaningful way.

Hassle Free: When you sign up for a Praying Pelican Missions trip, members of our staff provide you with everything that you need to prepare for your trip. When participants arrive in their host location, on-site Praying Pelican Missions staff members guide your group according to a trip itinerary that has been arranged prior to the trip. We focus on logistics and safety so you can focus on serving. Whether sleeping at a church or hotel, enjoying meals from local cooks or at restaurants, your trip is tailored to your specifications.

There are so many ways to serve on a Praying Pelican Missions trip. Many different ministry options are available from mercy to service, so you are certain to find a way to glorify God that fits your team's unique gifts and skill sets. Your trip can be simple yet purpose-driven, or it can be specifically oriented and educational. We can offer a range of opportunities for you and your group!

Safe: Praying Pelican Missions staff members are experienced and prepared for anything. Safety is our number one priority. Staffers have cell phones, transportation, and medical kits on site at all times. They know where the local clinics and hospitals are in case of emergency. You can be assured that you are in good hands with Praying Pelican Missions.

Communication Back Home: While you are in your host location, your team's Trip Journal is continually updated so friends and family at home can read stories about what your group is up to during the week! See Trip Journals.

Statement of Faith. what we believe.

At the core of who we are and what we stand for is our statement of faith. The following statements outline what we at Praying Pelican Missions believe.

There is only one triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was sent to earth in human flesh. He lived a perfect and sinless life, and died on the cross to take away the sins of the world.

All humans are sinful, and the only way to eternal life is through personally accepting Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross for our sins.

All who believe in the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ are a part of God's church that reaches over the entire world.

We believe in The Apostles' Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.


Reviews. what people say about us.

"Praying Pelican Missions took care of all the difficult details so I could focus on training our team for ministry. As far as mission trips go, PPM is a youth minister's best friend."

Nick Mobley of Northside Baptist Church, Group Leader

"I have taken many mission trips, but this was my first with Praying Pelican. One thing that impressed me was that Praying Pelican seemed to truly have a heart for the people and churches of Belize. It was not just a "touristy trip for Christian Americans". We actually were strategically placed to bless a local church and to minister to the people of Crooked Tree."

Jacqueline L. Payne of Lexington Christian Academy, Adult Participant

"Thank you for all you do for our Belizean friends in service for our God. I am very impressed with the Praying Pelican mission team and their model for helping Central America."

Susan Alexander of Hope Community Church, Adult Participant

"Praying Pelican Missions is incredibly organized and efficient. They make the most of your time and use every opportunity to serve others, to give God the glory."

Dana Sisbarro of Immanuel Church, Adult Participant

"Praying Pelican Missions is extremely organized and reveals the love of God in their attitude and willingness to constantly serve. They give without thought and encourage with sincerity."

Jordan Conover of Second Cape May Baptist, Adult Participant

"Praying Pelican Missions has an incredible way of connecting its mission workers to the community members so that God's word is shared to all."

Allison Murray of Canyon View, Adult Participant

"Praying Pelican Missions relaxes me as a student pastor. To know they take care of all needs before and during our trip allows me to focus on getting my team prepared."

Ryan Holtzclaw of FBC Barnwell, Student Pastor

"They give students great opportunities to live out their faith and put their faith into action. The team leaders are experienced, well prepared and excellent at understanding a group's needs and meeting those needs."

Brad Echols of Field Street Baptist Church, Student Pastor

"They take care of the logistics so that our group can stay focused on Christ and serving others while nurturing an environment in which we can grow close to one another."

Candice Gardner of Florence Union, Group Leader

"Praying Pelican Missions sets the stage for youth teams to experience God on their own in settings that require them to step forward into their ministry gifts."

Crystal Stiltner of New Life Christian Center, Youth Pastor

"Praying Pelican Missions provides a great opportunity for a church or youth group to establish and maintain a relationship with a national church that will ultimately bless both churches."

Rob Witzig of Hope Missionary, Youth Pastor

"Praying Pelican Missions is a breeze to work with! It makes a group leader's job so easy. PPM provides so much spiritual nurturing before, during and after."

Pam Thesing of Hibben UMC, Mission Trip Coordinator

"Praying Pelican Missions takes the planning and logistics out of my hands and allows me to focus on forming relationships with my team, other teams we work with, the people we are ministering to and, most importantly, Christ."

Karen Maresco of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Group Leader

"Praying Pelican Missions is well organized and beautifully rooted in the community, with leaders that respect the people and the culture."

Andi Aguilar of Archdiocese of New Orleans, Student Participant

"Praying Pelican Missions gives its missionaries the chance to become a part of the community they are serving. This sense of community only strengthens our love of God, our love of others and our love of our mission."

Jennifer Landry of Archdiocese of New Orleans, Student Participant

"Praying Pelican Missions provides great resources for training, planning and fundraising. Is great with communication leading up to the trip."

Jared Gustafson of First Baptist Cambridge, Associate Pastor

"All of the ministries are geared toward pointing people to Christ through the local church. The group leaders are very personable and prepared."

Bob Littleton of Kings Baptist, Youth Pastor

"As a group leader, I appreciate how organized and thought out PPM trips are. There are no surprises. The process of bringing my group to a foreign country is a lot easier because of PPM."

Brian Garver of Milford Bible Church, Associate Youth Pastor

"Praying Pelican Missions coordinates well with the local Body, partnering with church leaders to share in the vision that these ministers have for their own churches, utilizing local resources, and supporting local communities."

Suzanne Noakes of Milford Bible Church, Adult Leader

"Great manual and devotions. I was able to find most everything I needed in the manual. We were able to get help or support no matter what we needed."

Kendra Mallory of Get Real Outreach, Group Leader

"Just returned from Jamaica with PPM. BEST trip ever. I will plan another with this ministry; they rock. Thanks to Jon and Brian and the team."

Steve Coleman of First Baptist Church Richmond, Group Leader

"Just got home from Haiti a few days ago, from delayed and canceled flights to an amazing week in Haiti. Full of miracles! I miss it already! Bondye beni ou! Thank you Bethany and Eric!"

Taylor Perez, Youth Participant
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