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Blue Water Surrender Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Foster Care

Mission: Provide a safe house for abandoned and abused children in Guatemala through Casa Agua Azul on Lake Izabal in the Rio Dulce.

Results: The House provides a stable long term home where children are loved, cared for, and educated to become well adjusted and productive members of society.

Target demographics: Abandoned and abused children in Guatemala

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15+ children, 50+ missionaries

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: Child education, Child care, Child protection

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bluewater Surrender is amazing in all they do for others ! They truly do the Lords work! It’s so inspiring to see how they work for others to help and build them up in their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. I look forward to doing mission work with them and helping as much as I can!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Ted And Gal several years ago and there are truly a blessing for this organization. And we are truly looking forward To doing a mission trip with them to Guatemala in the future. We helped them with there last fundraiser in the keys and it was a great success surrounded with great people .

Donor

Rating: 5

Bluewater Surrender doesn't tell you what they're "going" to do, they are doing it!! They're a hands on ministry providing both physical and spiritual help through the love of Jesus to the broken-hearted. They're taking aid and bringing light to the hurricane torn Bahamas while housing and feeding orphaned children in Guatemala! Ted and Gail and everyone who assists on these missions- you are amazing!!! We are honored to support this growing ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

I traveled to Honduras and Guatemala with Blue Water Surrender several years back. It was an amazing trip sharing the love of Jesus with many. I have watched the safe house Casa Aqua Azul go from being a prayer to a reality...Blue Water Surrender cares for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the children. Beautiful ministry!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been on multiple mission trips with Bluewater surrender and each one has been absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend them, they are helping to change the lives of so many people both at the children’s home and in many remote villages. So many adventures and so many ways to be apart of this amazing organization! Go. Love.serve!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blue water surrender is an incredible organization that supports God’s children in a variety of ways. One of the ways they support these children are to organize mission trips.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blue Water Surrender non profit is led by an exceptional team of individuals who our intentionally providing hope, peace, and love to those in need by beings Jesus's hands and feet!! I am honored to be a part of the vision God has put upon Gail's heart, as she reaches the lost, and broken around the world, to bring restoration!!! Much blessings to this organization, and prayers for strength, support along the journey, and planting of many seeds for His kingdom!!

1 Lauri J G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love Blue Water Surrender and All the Amazing things they are doing to help others. We love all of the leaders and pray God's Abundant Blessings upon all that they do for others in their community and Beyond!!!

Katie Ries

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blue Water Surrender has a beautiful mission and is doing incredible things! Gail's vision is coming to life and I feel blessed to have been a part of a mission trip that helped to achieve some of these goals and make her dream and God's plan come to life. I took my first mission trip through Blue Water Surrender and had my world rocked! The selflessness of the entire Blue Water Surrender family and anyone who teams with them is absolutely incredible! Gail is a true child of God and great leader. My world and outlook on life and my faith in God was renewed on this trip. THANK YOU! Thank you for always putting others first and for following God's plans. Every individual you help or cross paths with sees God's work within you.... Keep dreaming and following His plan! You and the team are a true inspiration!

Claire F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gone on one mission trip with Gail and Blue Water Surrender and it was INCREDIBLE! You can tell that the Lord has gifted Gail with such a huge heart for Guatemala and missions. I highly recommend a trip with Blue Water Surrender if you want to experience a life changing experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on my first mission trip through blue water. It has been my favorite experience to this day. I learned so much about other people, another culture, and how I can help others. Gail is an amazing leader filled with so much spirit and joy. It was an honor to meet her and work with her. I can’t wait to go back! “When you refresh others, you will be refreshed.”

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Bluewater surrender for 4 mission trips. These trips have changed my life, as well as every person that I have brought. Gail is not only a mentor but a true example of being the hands and feet of Jesus!! Bluewater Surrender is much more than a safe home for children. Everything thing they do is intentionally done with LOVE! The needs of the children are always first and they line every decision up with Scripture. Staff are people with deep integrity and because of this organization’s kindness, Guatemala is now a second home for many...because of their wonderful experiences with Bluewater Surrender !

Marlen W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blue water Surrender is where I went on my first mission trip and it was life changing! The love, support, and community this non profit has is incredible. I will forever be thankful for Gail & Blue Water Surrender.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The time I was able to have with three incredible woman,with Gail, Jerry and his wonderful wife, ladies from the house was incredible
And then, the children. I was afraid going, that I will see sadness, brokenness and pain. What I saw was love.
Thanks to Blue Water Surrander founders, people who are weeling to help, share and see, darkness is being conquered, love wins once more.
Being there was a gift, I took so much more then I could ever give.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bluewater Surrender is an incredible ministry covering so many aspects of the development of people's lives.
Starting with the boating part of the ministry, they have impacted many youth and adults with being able to impart boating skills while doing ministry trips with their vessels. The vision for the future of this part of the ministry is an awesome one and grows daily.
The children's home in Guatemala has already changed the course of the lives of many and has impacted those who have visited as missionaries.
The relief work being done in the Bahamas is now an added area of the ministry-------incredible work being done through Ted and Gail and the many that assist them.
It is my pleasure to highly endorse this ever growing ministry.
Pastor, Marlin Simon, Spirit and Truth Ministries, Islamorada, Florida

Jenna B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful Organization, amazing work that goes on here. Working hard for the hearts of Guatemala!
Team building, hard work and adventure!

Greg O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I felt lead to donate items and time to this yard sale fundraiser in 2015. I didn’t know anything about Bluewater Surrender at the time, but after meeting Gahl and hearing her story about Guatemala, I wanted to help as much as I could. Years in the making, the hard work has paid off for the children now housed at Casa Agua Azul. Many teams have visited and worked with the orphanage bringing the love of Christ to the abandoned children. I am so grateful to be a small part of this great ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"I'm Jackie Ruiz from Nicaragua and I spent two months in Guatemala at Bluewater Surrender. I'm not the same person since I came back, I think about the kids every day of my life! The country, the kids, the staff and the house made a huge impact in my life, I will never forget my beautiful experience there! It's interesting to see how someone can change your life with a hug, a smile, I can see Jesus in them. During my time there I was the happiest person in the entire world. Thank you so much for everything, Bluewater Surrender, Mrs. Gail, her husband and her amazing staff for showing me love and compassion."

-"To every child - I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy" -M.Y.

1 Leslie W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BlueWater Surrender is a life changing non profit. Not only are they providing a beautiful safe home in a remote Guatemalan village for children in need, but they do so much more for the country at large. The team is a remarkable testament to the love of Jesus Christ. They are good stewards of what’s been given to them and have a team that works with excellence in all they do. On a recent mission trip to visit them in Guatemala, they personally poured into each and every volunteer that came to the house. My life will never be the same. What an absolute honor and blessing to get to know the work of this organization. Thank you for all that you do and your selfless service to the Lord.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blue Water Surrender is an amazing Organisation that is motivated by love and most importantly the love of Jesus. Many young people are given the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone to love on the people of Guatemala - a different language and culture but the language of love is universal. Since Casa Agua Azul opened they are now also bringing up some of the nations most deprived and abused children in a loving family environment where each one is cherished.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of joining this organization on a mission trip and will do it again. They truly care about the locals in this area that needs our help. This area is known for poor living conditions with abuse and neglect for the children. This organizations has big plans to create many safe homes and education centers for the children in this area. They also have many intriguing plans in the future to make it self sustaining. I love this organization and will continue to support and help how I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love what Bluewater Surrender is doing, and have been a volunteer at many of their local fund raising events and a missionary with them on several trips to Guatemala. My husband and family support BWS monthly.

They are very honest, direct, open and most of all full of faith.

I would give them a 6 star rating if I could.

Christi Dupre

1 Josh S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked on multiple occasions with Blue Water Surrender Inc. and have been blown away by what they are doing. With very little time and limited resources they have been able to move mountains for the children of Guatemala. I have the utmost confidence in this organization and the way they handle business. I've seen the impact they are making first hand and couldn't say enough positive things about what they are doing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of helping at the Blue Water Surrender fund raisers and have directly talked to the directors and other volunteers that have gone to Guatemala over the past years. To say the least, I am extremely impressed with all that I have seen and heard. The volunteers have come back from Casa Agua Azul, the safe-house, with positive reviews on the construction in Guatemala, and now they are talking about how caring and qualified the staff is and that the children are happily learning that their life can be filled with love and caring as well as safe. This faith based organization moves in faith and has been rewarded for their continued trust that the Lord will provide. The doors of Casa Agua Azul, opened in March of 2019 just weeks before the fundraiser and the night before the event they received their first 2 children. Now they are full as they have continued to receive children and have gained the respect of the authorities that place children. Check out their website to see photos of the many happy children and the staff.

Robert O.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Blue Water Surrender Rocks!

Blue Water's Children's Home in Guatemala is caring for abandoned children and strengthening the community it serves. 100% of donations to Blue Water Surrender goes directly to food, housing, medical supplies, education, and a loving staff for the current 11 children at the home. Visit their website and see the photos of the children and the tremendous home that has been created for these children to thrive.

God Bless you Ted and Gail for your vision and leadership.