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About Us

Everything we do, we do for His glory.

Connecting the Local Church on a Global Level

Praying Pelican Missions exists to inspire unity within the global Church. As an interdenominational ministry, we seek to celebrate the variety of the Church while leveraging what binds us together. There is no more powerful example of God’s love to a community than when His people come together to serve and advance the Gospel, all in the name of Jesus.

Each year, we set up and lead mission trips for churches, small groups, families, and individuals, continually expanding and strengthening a network of pastors and communities both abroad and in the United States. Our trips are built around three main pillars for healthy short-term missions: genuine partnerships, long-term relationships, and sustainable ministry.

Through Praying Pelican Missions, more than 50,000 short-term missionaries have served in over 450 different communities throughout our locations. As lives are touched and hearts are transformed, there is an increasing number of pastors, churches, and communities inviting mission teams to serve alongside them through Praying Pelican Missions. We are continually amazed to witness and be part of God's movement in the world, from Chicago to Costa Rica to South Africa and everywhere in between.

Mission team and host church together at the front of the sanctuary.



Throughout the world, local churches are engaging their communities and working to share the love of Christ. Praying Pelican Missions believes that these local churches are the catalyst to spreading the Gospel across the nations. We exist to stand behind these ministries, supporting them with our time, resources, and efforts. This is the ministry we are inviting you into as you serve with PPM.

Three key ministry “pillars” help to further define these efforts: Genuine Partnerships, Long-Term Relationships, and Sustainable Ministry.

Genuine Partnerships

We believe in the local Church. This is our mission base. Each of our teams are partnered alongside local ministries to encourage and assist them in serving their communities during their mission trip.

Long-Term Relationships

Our heart is to be wholly invested in the communities we serve. Your team will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships on your mission trip with local churches and ministries by serving alongside them throughout the week.

Sustainable Ministry

We remain under the authority and direction of the local Church to ensure each mission trip has a lasting impact. Our fully customized approach aligns your team's gifts with the needs and initiatives of local ministries.


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.

There is only one triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was sent to earth in human flesh. He lived a perfect and sinless life, and died on the cross to take away the sins of the world.
All humans are sinful, and the only way to eternal life is through personally accepting Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross for our sins.
All who believe in the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ are a part of God's church that reaches over the entire world.
We believe in The Apostles' Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.


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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.

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