It has been a blessing to serve on TWAW Board since its inception. God has allowed us to partner with the people of Belize to make a difference in their neighborhoods and country. Words cannot really express all the work that God has done since I first started going in 1998. You really need to go and see for yourself.
If you want a hands-on mission experience that will impact you and your church there are numerous opportunities. If you want an overall perspective of what TWAW is doing, a Vision Tour offers an excellent opportunity to see the many opportunities that exist for you to minister in Belize.
La Jolla Presbyterian Church
Gene Day is in the scrap metal and steel business in West Texas, and eastern New Mexico. His companies include: Jarvis Metals, Steel Depot, Hobbs Iron & Metal, and Artesia Metals.
Gene is an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Lubbock where he has been a member since 1992. He has been on numerous mission trips to Belize with WPC over the past 10 years, many of them through The Word at Work.
Gene resides in Lubbock with his beautiful wife, Beverly, two elderly cats, and five fat goldfish. Both of his daughters also live in Lubbock - Brenna and her son, Jacob; Geanna, her husband, Ryan, and their son, Ryland. In his free time, Gene enjoys hunting, especially with his grandson, Jacob.
Northeast Regional Director
"I've been active with The Word at Work since 2002 leading over 24 short-term mission trips to Belize and working closely with Tim Tam on many fronts. I'm involved with TWAW because it provides me, my family and the people I bring on short-term missions the purest example of the type of life Jesus calls us to live--never ceasing to motivate us in our faith walk. If you're interested in deep, lasting spiritual growth, either personal or for your own congregation; come and serve with us in Belize, we look forward to serving with you."
Dan is a life long entrepreneur, spending over 25 years starting and building small businesses performing marketing communications, strategic communication consulting and interactive educational services for Fortune 500 companies.
Over the last 28 years he's served in churches as worship leader and teacher, and helped found several para-church ministries, including being a founding board member of Hope for Orphans of Ethiopia Ministries (www.hoeministries.org), a ministry Dan has helped mold into a functioning mirror-image of TWAW, focused on the orphans of Ethiopia.
Congratulations on being called by God to participate in His Work on this mission trip. These projects are only one part of the equation. The greatest part of these trips is praying for God to do things only He can do. This is the real excitement of mission. We get to see God do extraordinary things, and many times we get to participate. Those amazing things include changing hearts and minds and lives, building His Church, the building of the body of Christ, the sharing of Christian love between seemingly incompatible people, and other miracles we will witness. So be praying about not only the successful completion of our assigned tasks, but that God will do the things that only he can do. He will be glorified.
In 2000, my husband (after returning from his first mission trip) strongly suggested that I go on a mission trip outside of the US. Reluctantly I agreed and went. Around that same time, we decided to read through the Bible and try to look at it as though we had never read it. Those two decisions have forever changed my view of Christianity.
I thank God for the opportunity to serve alongside my brothers and sisters of Belize. My life has been enriched by the relationships that I have made in that tiny country. Christ called us to, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. " What a blessing there is to receive by following the simple words of our Savior! Sharing our faith in BOTH word and deed will change this world!
TWAW does incredible things through Christ, but doing Christ’s work requires two things: hearing and doing. I am constantly energized and amazed at the way TWAW actively seeks God’s will and relentlessly acts upon it. We never know what God is going to place in front of us next, which is so refreshing and exciting. Whether building medical trailers, building churches, or taking children from American orphanages to disciple Belizean orphans, TWAW does not ask ‘why’ or question whether the work can be done. Instead, TWAW asks, “Why not?” CPA with KPMG for 3 years. Attorney with Baker Botts for 2 years.
Geoff Wright is an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat physician) in Amarillo, Texas. He grew up in Amarillo and returned to practice medicine in his hometown in 1986. He is an elder and has been a teacher at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Amarillo for several years. Since a medical mission trip to Belize with the Word at Work, he has been involved with the Board in finding ways to accomplish God's mission both in Amarillo and Belize. Geoff is pictured here with his wife, Lacy.