Costa Rica Mission
Young Adult Mission
“’For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”
CHECK BACK IN FALL OF 2020 FOR DATES & DETAILS REGARDING THE JANUARY 2021 MISSION TO COSTA RICA
In January our Young Adults will head to La Montaña Christian Camp in Costa Rica to help prepare the camp for students, execute programmings, and counsel Costa Rican students.
Check out the 2020 teams experience
Tina: This trip to Costa Rica was my first (Lord willing not my last) international mission trip. God showed me I needed to step aside and let Him use me where He wants me. God showed me that even though the heart wants to, sometimes the body can’t, and I need to be okay with that. I also came away with a much higher appreciation for being obedient to God’s call right where I’m at. He will do mighty things through me, I just need to let Him. The time spent at La Montaña and with the camp staff was such an enormous blessing!
Jessica: I have been on countless mission trips to Mexico, primarily as an interpreter and as a leader for the High School group. This time around, I was able to reflect on my own understanding of the Lord and where I am in my walk. Being able to disconnect from the distractions and comfort of “home,” I was able to really see where God has been evident and faithful in my life. I am thankful for the reminders I was shown through the people of La Montaña and my team members. This was an experience like no other in which I am thankful and blessed to have had experienced with the help from those who supported us!
Jason: I went on the trip with very little of what to expect. La Montaña has been called the “Hume Lake“ of Costa Rica. I’ve heard about Hume and the type of programs they run there but have never experienced it, so it was neat to see how a youth camp is run and the mountains of work it takes to get the program running for the year. One “Take Away”: God works just as much (if not more) through prayer, as he does through productivity.
Laura: Through our trip to Costa Rica, I was able to be reminded of the simple truth – “God loves me.” Growing up Christian, this is something you hear all the time, yet it is obnoxiously challenging to constantly embrace. I could say I know that truth, yet I wouldn’t live in it. Though those same words are said just as powerfully or intentionally here as in Costa Rica, it took me going all the way over there to be willing to hear them.
Aaron: During my mission to Costa Rica I came to realize that God isn’t always going to put me on the front lines, and that He can use me wherever I am. I was able to pray constantly during the trip. Additionally, I got to know some of the staff better and totally fell in love with the camp, as well as growing very close to all our team members. God willing, I’m hoping to return next year and serve in whatever capacity God wants me to do so.
Chloe: Distance, time, fear, change, confusion- nothing separates us from His presence. He meets us where we are, in the moment, in the very room. His presence is not only what I could feel, but tangibly see in those around me. In the labor, the love, the people, the worship. It was incredible to see the people of Costa Rica (and our team) love others, as a result of love from the very same God we serve here. He is no different of a Father to them than He is to me. No closer of a friend, no less of a King. He is the same. Mighty. Faithful. Consistent. It was my privilege to see such a thing, an honor to know and feel, and a blessing to hold as a model for truth.
Gabe: Definitely one of the greater things the trip in Costa Rica did for me is remind me how to be uncomfortable. Whether it was bugs, beds or cold showers, it reminded me to be content with whatever I’m being given, because it is enough. These things railed against my American sensibilities, but when I got home and took that first hot shower, it was a real moment of thankfulness, because it truly is a blessing, not a need.
Marissa: This trip was an amazing experience that I won’t forget in a hurry. Being a part of the “behind the scenes” work was such a privilege as God has always given me a heart for manual labor and helping others through my hands rather than my voice. However, God reminded me that week that I can be used through my voice as well. I can only hope that my testimony gave some of the campers hope and a certainty that God can bring you out of any dark situation.
Jay: I was reminded of a lot through the process of preparing to go to Costa Rica. Mostly that we are not the ones that are ultimately in control of anything. I prepared with the team and was fully prepared to go but I got sick pretty much the day right before we were to fly out. I’m reminded of Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” It was a privilege to help mentor and prepare the team before going out of the country. The lasting effects of the little I feel that I accomplished will go much further than I will ever know. God just reminded me to do whatever I do seeking Him with my whole heart, mind and soul and it will be used for His glory, no matter if the outcome is the way that I thought it would turn out or not.
Lauren: I am so grateful to those of you who have supported me and my team through this experience, whether in prayer, financially, or simply by asking to hear more about our week. One of the most impactful parts of our time in La Montaña was the power of people’s stories. I was struck time and again by the life stories of the staff at the camp, the struggles they’ve overcome, their memories of “meeting Jesus” at the base of the chapel, the love of God that they cling to and share with everyone who comes across their path. I have been inspired by their stubborn joy and constant energy that is poured out daily in every task, and am grateful God brought me to experience a piece of that life in order to emulate it here at home.
Young Adults will be headed back to Costa Rica to serve at the La Montana Christian Camp in 2021. At La Montaña Christian Camp many of the Costa Rican students have their first ever opportunity to see student specific programming & camp just for them. Young Adults group will be assisting by running activities and counseling the students.
This trip does come at a cost. The team will need to raise $20,000 for transportation, room and board. If you are interested in being a part of this journey, there are three ways you can help:
- Share: Tell everyone about this opportunity
- Pray: We believe in an all powerful God that can do all things
- Donate: Prayerfully consider donating to the group