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Caribbean Light and Truth had its beginning in 1974 as a missionary endeavor of Salem Mennonite Church of Keota, Iowa. The purpose of the organization was to bring the gospel message to the people of the Caribbean Basin. The name is derived from Psalm 43:3: "O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me." The first workers sent by the church in July 1974, were David and Nancy Stutzman and Daniel Stutzman, members of the Keota congregation. Daniel later married Judy Miller. Chosen by the church in Belize, Daniel was ordained to the ministry in 1976. As the number of believers increased, there was need for more ordained leaders, so in 1980 three native Belizean ministers were ordained. One more was ordained in 1987 and two in 1988. There were 14 ordained and lay leaders in 1987, with a total membership of 151. Services are held on a regular basis in 14 different areas. There are three schools organized and supported by Caribbean Light and Truth. To meet some legal requirements the organization has become incorporated in the state of Iowa as a nonprofit corporation, with the board of directors from the local congregation.

2010 Update

In 2010 the Caribbean Light and Truth had 13 congregations and 131 members:

Congregation City State Members Founded
Aguacate Mennonite Church Aguacate Belize 15 1978
Berea Mennonite Fellowship Mafredi Village Belize 12 1976
Bethel Mennonite Fellowship Blue Creek Village Belize 14 1976
Colombia Mennonite Church San Pedro Belize 18 1977
Corazon Mennonite Church Corazon Village Belize 1989
Crique Jute Mennonite Church Crique Jute Belize 12 1976
El Mango Mennonite Church El Mango Guatemala 4 2004
Jordan Mennonite Church Jordan Village Belize 12 1984
Marble Ha Mennonite Church Marble Ha Village Belize 7 1987
Punta Gorda Mennonite Church Punta Gorda Belize 16 1997
Red Bank Mennonite Church Red Bank Village Belize 7 1997
Santa Cruz Mennonite Church Santa Cruz Belize 4 1980
Santa Teresa Mennonite Church Santa Teresa Belize 10 1985
Total 131


Mennonite Church Directory 2010. Harrisonburg, VA: Christian Light Publications, Inc., 2010: 55-56.

Mennonite World Conference website.

Mennonite World Handbook Supplement. Strasbourg, France, and Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1984: 51.

Author(s) Wilford Stutzman
Date Published September 2010

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Stutzman, Wilford. "Caribbean Light and Truth." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2010. Web. 5 Feb 2023.

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Stutzman, Wilford. (September 2010). Caribbean Light and Truth. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 5 February 2023, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 127. All rights reserved.

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