Location: Belize, Latin America & Caribbean
Ministry Focus: Eddie and Renata believe in actualizing the potential of youth. They believe that through skills building, mentoring and strategic investment, disadvantaged youth can break the cycle of poverty in their lives, families and communities. As they transition overseas, the Josephs will take their experience developing young leaders and open a teen discipleship program connected to a Bed and Breakfast. They have a passion for discipleship that prepares young believers to lead in the real world, not just in theory. Seat at the Table will give the teens opportunity to grow their skills in hospitality and tourism, while being mentored in a safe and supportive home. In Belize, the family, including children Brooklyn and AJ, will continue their missional lifestyle in an exciting new context.
Ministry History: Eddie and Renata grew up together in the Montreal area. Right after university, and before they were married, Eddie and Renata served as missionaries in Belize, Central America for a year. As they returned to Canada to marry and start a family, they felt that their work in Belize wasn't finished and believed that one day they would return. Throughout their marriage the Josephs have focused on ministering to youth in a variety of ways. Eddie's work with the YMCA focused around youth leadership while Ren worked with Latinx teens and foster youth. The family also fostered several teens from Central America, incorporating the culture and language into their home and raising their own children within the context of a missional lifestyle.
- Provision and open doors in purchasing property for Seat at the Table.
- Friendships and peace of mind for AJ and Brooklyn.
- Strategic and meaningful relationship with Belizean pastors, leaders and community members.