Global Shore Opportunities exists to bring the light of Jesus into the dark of the world. We create opportunities for people through education.
Global Shore Opportunities was founded by the owners of The Shore Group, a family run produce business. Several of the owners of this business are committed practicing Christians and were involved in some type of short term volunteer mission work earlier in life. It affected each of their lives in an extremely positive way, changing outlooks and approaches to life. It was their desire to see other young people be able to experience something similar.
Each had also taken post-secondary education and understood how daunting funding an education can be in today’s world. They also saw how financial pressures restricted a student’s ability to become involved in volunteer mission types of work. They wanted to play a role in changing this reality for at least a few students.
The Shore Group initiated the Summer Student Program in 2002 to respond to this situation. Students were hired to work in the farm’s asparagus produce packing plant for two months and then a scholarship was offered if they would volunteer their time in some type of Christian service for the last two months of the summer.
After a trip to Guatemala and through relationships and contacts that were made there, God led the founders to send students in that direction. The summer of 2004 was the first year that a small team of three students was sent to El Tizate, Guatemala. Shortly after this, Global Shore Opportunities was formed by the principals of the Shore Group in order to continue to impact students and to give them an opportunity to impact the world.
As the years have gone by, the LORD has led in miraculous and surprising ways and the ministry has done it’s best to say “yes!” to whatever His will is. As the result of saying “yes!” many times over, we now find ourselves spearheading a dynamic and explosive Christian school within the village of Tizate. GSO has gone beyond simply hosting a student program for four months in the summer and is now active year-round. The school is our main initiative, with continued housing construction as a close second as we continue to meet the physical needs of the locals within the community or in neighbouring communities. We also partner with national pastors and host short-term teams throughout the year with the desire to invite as many as possible into the tremendous work of the Lord in Guatemala.
The Summer Program is still in operation to this day and has had many changes over the years as it has grown and developed. It is now an opportunity available to young adults on a whole and is no longer exclusive to students. It continues to be a transformative and life-changing opportunity for many.
WE BELIEVE in one true God, uncreated and eternal, co-existing in three persons: Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE in God, the Father, who is Creator of heaven and earth, the Almighty God, the LORD.
WE BELIEVE in God the Son, Jesus Christ, who was in the beginning with God, only begotten Son of God, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born to Mary, a virgin betrothed to Joseph, that He willingly suffered and died for the sins of the world making those who place their faith in Jesus righteous before God. We believe that on the third day, Jesus was resurrected from the grave to later take his place at the right hand of God as our eternal high priest, making intercession for the saints, until He comes again.
WE BELIEVE in God the Holy Spirit and that Jesus desires to baptize believers in the Holy Spirit. We believe that the role of the Holy Spirit includes a continual filling and empowering of believers to live for Christ, accomplish the purposes of Christ’s kingdom and that the Holy Spirit always upholds and promotes the person of Jesus.
WE BELIEVE in the inerrant Word of God, present in the sixty-six books of the Bible, inspired by God, living and active in the lives of believers.
WE BELIEVE that all of humanity, though made in the image of God, has sinned as all have joined the rebellion that began with Adam and Eve. We believe that it is only through God’s grace and faith in Jesus Christ that a person is saved from his or her sin and reconciled with God.
WE BELIEVE that water baptism is a visible symbol of our repented life and our personal choice to follow Jesus and a powerful act of dying to self and being raised in Christ.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus has commanded the church to go, proclaim the good news of Jesus, make disciples of all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that He has commanded. This includes caring for the least of these: the poor, widows, and orphans.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus is coming again at the end of the age, that He will bring in a new heaven and a new earth and will then establish His everlasting kingdom of justice and righteousness.
Meet the founders and Canadian staff of Global Shore Opportunities. Click on an image to learn about a person’s involvement and history with the ministry.