We have been invited to join a church planting team in San Jose, Costa Rica for two years. Our goal is to reach and disciple youth and college students with the gospel of grace as we aim to encourage, love, and serve the church. Dylan will be working with the church’s counseling ministry in rural communities that face tremendous challenges surrounding addiction, abuse, and poverty. John will be using his gifts to serve and disciple the youth of the church and to connect with college students and young professionals outside of the church. We hope you will come with us on this journey!
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!…The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.” Psalm 98:1-2
In July of 2017, Dylan went on a short-term mission trip to Costa Rica with our church, Altadena Valley Presbyterian. It was truly an impactful week, as she was able to see how God was using a local Costa Rican church, ICRICEN, to equip others to serve and love their own community. Dylan loved being able to serve as a translator for the team and use her gifts to work alongside the Costa Rican church members.
God was already preparing my heart in ways that neither of us could have imagined prior to Dylan’s trip. It really struck me when Dylan expressed that the goal of the ministry was to “build relationships, not buildings.” This resonated with me at a time when I was so focused on building projects at work, while neglecting to build relationships with my own co-workers. During this time I began to see more clearly the idols of success and performance in my career. I decided to go to Costa Rica for myself in September 2018 on a “vision trip” where I was able to get a glimpse of the work occurring in and through the church ministry. I saw God transforming lives through the gospel of grace, and I wanted to be a part of His work there. I met people that had felt God’s love so deeply, they couldn’t help but share it with others. I called Dylan from San Jose and said, “Let’s do it! Let’s come down here!” And from her comfortable 4-bedroom suburban home she said “Woa now, hang on!” When I got back home, we began to pray and consider what the Lord might be calling us to. A few months later, we began the extensive application process with Mission to the World (MTW) to join the team in Costa Rica.
It isn’t as simple as “Let’s go!” We have been invited by the Costa Rican church and missionaries to join their team, and this is a huge part of why we feel strongly about embarking on this journey. We will be spending the next year raising our support team to pray with us and partner with us financially. Please consider joining us as partners in the Lord’s work in Costa Rica.