|Location||Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Cuba, east of the Florida Keys|
|Language||English, Bahamian Dialect|
|Religion||Protestant 80%, Roman Catholic 13%, other, none or unspecified 7%|
|Climate||Tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior|
|Ethnic Groups||African 85%, European 12%, other 3%|
|Motto||"Forward, Upward, Onward, Together"|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Safe Drinking Water:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Dorm style with available bunk beds||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade Bahamian and American meals||Homemade Bahamian and American meals||Homemade Bahamian and American meals|
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Prior to the trip you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Bahamas you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, safe drinking water, sleeping accommodations, group T-shirts, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation.
English is the official language. The Bahamians will speak a local English called Bahamian Dialect similar to an English Creole.
Yes. We take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Crime occurs in The Bahamas just like everywhere else, but we have never had a PPM team experience a major incident of crime. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in The Bahamas ensures there is always someone looking out for the well being of our teams.
The Bahama islands have no poisonous snakes. Black widow spiders and centipedes are rarely found.
PPM staff will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive in Bahamas. We will then provide transportation from the airport to the ministry location and back again at the end of the trip.
All transportation within the host country is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often, teams will be riding in buses or smaller buses called coasters.
Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) unless otherwise advised by your PPM consultant.
All food and drink provided by PPM during trips is safe for consumption. Tap water is generally safe to drink in The Bahamas.
Yes. There will be a time set aside to buy souvenirs if so desired.
The food in the Bahamas is very flavorful and generally made from local resources. A typical Bahamian breakfast may include salt fish and ackee, a native fruit, eggs, pancakes and fruits. A local dinner may feature fried fish or chicken with rice and beans.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to The Bahamas
The Bahamas, officially known as the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an island country consisting of more than 700 islands, cays and islets in the Atlantic Ocean. Originally a British colony, the Bahamas became an independent nation in 1973. As a result of slavery, as seen in other Caribbean islands, the population is 85% African with the other 15% being European, Asian and Latin.
Unlike most other Caribbean islands, the Bahamas are basically flat with the highest point of the islands at 207 feet above sea level. The climate is tropical and the islands are lush with beautiful colorful vegetation and flowers. The Bahamas is known mostly for its white sand beaches and crystal clear water drawing tourists and cruise ships from all over the world.
Between the tourism and banking industries and those that service these industries there is a wide gap in wealth with the average income at $23,000/year. The population of all islands combined is roughly 383,000 with about 255,000 living in Nassau alone
Warmed and cooled by the trade winds, the weather in the Bahamas is always perfect for tropical getaway with temperatures lingering between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
English is the official and predominant spoken language in the Bahamas. In addition, the locals have their own dialect and slang use of the language.
All who travel need to take necessary precautions and be reminded to be aware of their environment. The Bahamas has its share of crime, but generally it is confined to the urban areas amongst the locals.
The Bahamas' economy relies heavily on tourism as it not only accounts for over 60 percent of the Bahamian GDP but provides jobs for more than half the country's workforce with the financial sector accounting for another 15% of GDP. The Bahamian dollar is used (B$ or $BSD) and the exchange rate is 1:1 with the US dollar. US currency is accepted in all areas as well.
Bahamian dishes reflects Caribbean, African and European influences. It includes seafood such as fish, shellfish, and conch, as well as tropical fruits, rice, peas, potatoes, and pork. Popular seasonings commonly used in dishes include chilies (hot pepper), lime, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, garlic, allspice, cinnamon and coconut.
The national sport in the Bahamas is sloop sailing but most US sports are widely popular given the close proximity to the US mainland. You'll find interest in basketball, American football and baseball as well as soccer and the British sport of cricket which is found in most former British territories.
Originally inhabited by the Taino people, the Bahamas were the site of Columbus' first landfall in the New World in 1492. The Spanish did not colonize the Bahamas but they shipped the natives to Hispaniola as slaves. The islands were then mostly deserted from 1513 until 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled in the islands.
In 1718 the British colonized The Bahamas as they fought against piracy. The British then brought American loyalists after the American War of Independence who in turn brought their slaves and settled onto plantations. Slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834. Today the descendants of slaves and free Africans make up nearly 90 percent of the population; issues related to the slavery years are part of society.
The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch.
More than 91 percent of the population of the Bahamas professes a religion and most attend services regularly. The varied religions reflect the country's diversity. Protestant Christian denominations including Baptists, Anglicans, Pentecostals, Church of God, Seventh-day Adventists and Methodists are in the majority, but there are also significant Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox populations. Smaller Jewish, Baha'i, Jehovah's Witness and Muslim communities also are active. A small number of Bahamians and Haitians, particularly those living in the smaller islands, practice Obeah, a form of sorcery or black magic. A small number of citizens identify themselves as Rastafarians, while a few others practice Hinduism and other South Asian religions.