Answered by Roy Goble, President
In 2006 several things came together at the same time. First of all my wife and I were praying about what do to next in our lives, where to go with our energy and our passion for serving the poor. Then, I got a phone call from an old college friend who was running an organization that I had worked with for many years. He told me that their facility in Belize was really struggling and asked me to consider taking it over. That was a very quick answer to our prayers. Shortly after that I got a phone call from Mark and Adrienne Parcher who were finishing their missionary assignment with Latin America Mission in Costa Rica. They were looking for their next opportunity to serve in Central America.
All of these things came together at one time in late 2006. By January of 2007 we were up and running. We took over a facility in Belize called Jaguar Creek, a 1900 acre rainforest preserve with a full research and education center. Then we began to ask people in the surrounding villages and communities "what needs to happen in your community to create long lasting transformation"? The recurring answer was education. We began to create our program that integrates faith with learning and that became PathLight.
What is it like to be part of a volunteer service team?
What can I do to help without traveling to Belize?
How do I know that my participation is making a difference?
How are students selected for sponsorship?
How does PathLight protect the identities of students and sponsors?
I'm a sponsor, can I visit the student that I support?
How do sponsors and students communicate?
Does PathLight have a statement of faith?
How can you be a Christian organization and yet work with public schools?
Why focus on education?
How was PathLight started?
Why is PathLight focusing on Belize?
How can I support a student in high school?
Is a gift tax deductible?