888.PPM.4090Contact UsEmploymentDive DeeperDONATE
Praying Pelican Missions Logo
ATL + FT staff

About Us

To build up, encourage, and assist the local Church in serving and reaching their communities for Christ.
word vision
To see a united global Church reaching its fullest potential for the glory of God.
word values
We operate internally on the guiding principles of: 


We are unifiers, building bridges through our commonalities as Jesus followers.

We cultivate a culture of honor and dignity, putting our partners first.

We hire locally, investing in trained, year-round leaders who know their communities best.


We strive to do what's right, guided by biblical principles.

We work diligently to be lifelong learners and good stewards of the calling before us.

We lead with professionalism and experience in our field to do what we say we're going to do.


We are passionately rooted in Christ.

We submit first in prayer, ensuring that our bold "yes" aligns with the Holy Spirit's leading.

We move forward with confidence, trusting God as we make ourselves available to His calling.

We carry out our mission through the lens of:

Genuine Partnerships

Our heart is to be wholly invested in the communities in which we serve, providing a connecting point for the global Church.

Long-Term Relationships

We build lasting relationships with local churches and ministries, partnering alongside them 365 days a year.

Sustainable Ministry

We operate under the authority and direction of the local Church, ensuring that the ministry we do leads to a healthy and lasting impact for the Kingdom.


The Beginning

Praying Pelican Missions (PPM) began in 2003 serving two communities in Belize. We expanded to Jamaica in 2007 and now annually serve more than 65 communities between the two countries, making us the largest provider of mission trips to Belize and Jamaica in the USA.


Praying Pelican Missions is currently serving in 17 countries around the world which includes more than a dozen cities across the USA. Our staff includes more than 400 individuals both in the U.S. and in the local communities where teams serve.

We now partner with churches and ministries in over 350 communities across the globe and are continually seeking to add more locations and opportunities as the Lord leads and opens the doors.

What's With The Name?

Pelicans are common in Central America and the Caribbean where our ministries began, so the founders decided to incorporate pelicans into the name of their new organization both to add an element of fun and to make a memorable logo to help spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

As the pelican is an ancient symbol of Christian sacrifice, this turned out to be the perfect choice. Legend states that a mother pelican, in times when food was scarce, would sacrifice her life by pecking herself to feed her baby. In the same way, Jesus gave His life for us, and that kind of selfless giving is what each Christ-follower is called to. This is our mission everywhere we serve


At the core of who we are and what we stand for is our statement of faith. The following statements outline what we at Praying Pelican Missions believe.

The Bible is God’s complete and perfect Word and our ultimate authority as followers of Christ. (2 Timothy 3)

We are all lost, fallen short of the glory of God, and in need of a Savior. (Romans 3)

Jesus came to earth for the purpose of seeking and saving the lost. (Luke 19:10)

Jesus died on the cross. Three days later, He rose from the grave, paying the ultimate sacrifice and conquering death for all who believe in Him. (1 Peter 3:18, 1 John 2:2, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9)

As a result of God’s grace alone, through faith in Christ alone, we are saved. (Ephesians 2, John 14)

Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit are One. (John 1)

Jesus Himself commissioned His followers (the Church) to go into the world and make disciples. (Matthew 28)

Praying Pelican Missions Logo




8011 34th Ave S, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Pelican Account


We have arrived

First United Methodist Church

Puerto Rico | May 27, 2023

Arriving in Belize

FBC Ponchatoula

Belize | May 27, 2023

Praying for each other

Mt. Pisgah UMC

Guatemala | May 28, 2023

Dinner With Families

We Belize In Him

Belize | May 28, 2023

Team has arrived!

St. John Lutheran Church

New England | May 28, 2023





Our customizable mission trips allow each person on your team of adults to find a place to serve, regardless of their interest or skills.


Africa's many countries boast a wide array of beauty, culture and needs. Destinations include South Africa and Ghana.


Serve with Praying Pelican across the Caribbean—locations include Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.


Serve with Praying Pelican across the Central America—locations include Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.


College students are looking for a place to make a meaningful impact. Amplify that impact by partnering alongside a local church.


This is your opportunity to serve alongside a local church and experience God in a different culture—from Belize, to Cuba, to South Africa and beyond.


Get all the information you need about our mission trips and what your group can expect as they serve on mission with Praying Pelican.


From our hometown of Minneapolis to the island of Puerto Rico, USA mission trips are diverse in service opportunities, cultural experiences, and community needs.


Deepen your youth mission trip by doing ministry built on genuine partnerships, long term relationships, and sustainable ministry.

Privacy Policy|Terms & Conditions|© 2023Praying Pelican Missions