Mission to Costa Rica is our outreach to serve families and children in desperate circumstances through assistance with food, care, and education. Assisting with physical needs provides an opportunity to share the hope that we have in God through Jesus Christ. We have seen that poverty brings a hopelessness that seems insurmountable. To be able to share in the burdens of these families we have an opportunity to share our testimony about the hope that God has given freely as explained in Romans 10, this forms the primary goal of our outreach.
Currently we serve in the community west of Atenas, Costa Rica, in the mountain regions where coffee is the primary economic driver. In our daily lives here we have learned much about the culture and customs that are typical for this area. One of the annual events is the coffee harvest where the local population doubles because of the Migrant Nicaraguans that come to work in the Coffee fields. During the harvest many Migrants bring their families to try and make enough money to help provide for the remainder of the year, due to low employment in Nicaragua. In the coffee fields the young children are often grouped together and left while the adults and older children work.
We have begun a ministry to provide care for the young children who would otherwise be left alone in the coffee fields. We have opened a Pre School named "Pescaditos del Salvador" or "Little Fish of the Savior". The Pre School allows us to work with the Nicaraguan families by helping with early childhood education, daily care, and food for the children, in addition we provide education for the mothers regarding child care and best practices. Assistance with these basic needs is a perfect opportunity to share the hope and love of God. We have seen over 400% growth year over year and the needs seem countless, we are very hopefull about what the future holds for this thriving minstry.
Discipleship through relationships is our goal! We are not here to tell people what to do, or what to believe, we believe that this is God's work in each individual's life. Our responsibility is to live the truth by Jesus' example, reflect who God truly is in our lives, and share the Gospel truth as the opportunity presents itself. As the relationships develop so do the opportunities to share our faith, and walk alongside these families and share in the burdens of daily life. What an opportunity!