Belize is on the Caribbean coast of Central America between Guatemala and Mexico. Belize has the second largest coral barrier reef.
Language: English is the official language, but Spanish is spoken by a majority of the population.
Ethnic Groups: Mestizo – 56.7%, mostly Guatemalan and Honduran; Belize Creole – 25%; Amerindian – 10.6% (the indigenous people of Belize); and Garifuna (Black Carib) – 6%.
Income: Average income per person is $4,241.
Religion: 84% Christian (50% Catholic); 7.8% nonreligious; 2.9% Baha’i; 2.3% Hindu; <1% each of Jewish, Ethnoreligionist, Muslim, and Buddhist.
Government: Belize gain independence from Britain in 1981 and is a stable parliamentary democracy, a member of the Association of Caribbean States and the Caribbean Community.
History: Belize gained independence from Britain in 1981 and established a similar form of government. The country relies primarily on ecotourism and has set aside 40% of its territory as national parks and reserves. Belize has the highest cost of living in Central America and poverty is widespread.
CCI Ministry in Belize: Belizeans are largely professing Christian, but syncretism is widespread. Superstitions, Mayan paganism and the mysticism of the Garifuna have confused the gospel. In addition, legalism has largely replaced true spiritual transformation. In 2014 CCI certified two instructors in Black Man Eddy, a small community near the capitol city of Belmopan. Through partnership with Bridge the Gap Ministries, CCI has two classes in progress. For more information and project needs, please contact us.