Creative Arts Workshop


On this #MinistrySiteMonday, get to know the Creative Arts Workshop in Costa Rica! Located on the edge of Los Guido, this site helps reach at-risk youth who come from difficult family situations. In this community the youth are daily faced with tough decisions about drugs, dating, and temptations to drop out of school. The opportunity to come and learn creative…

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“La Casa Verde,” our Social Services Ministry in Costa Rica


This week for #MinistrySiteMonday get to know the Social Services site in SI-Costa Rica. This site is located in Las Fuentes, a small community made up of mostly Nicaraguan immigrant families. This is a multi-faceted ministry that has partnered with a local church and community center to offer a variety of activities for children, youth and their families to become involved. Cailah Pritchard and…

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After a two-week outreach, now what?


During the Outreach Since the moment we drove away from the airport I knew I was going to love Costa Rica. The familiar smells of Latin America filled my senses as I took in all the foreign billboards and stacked architecture. Muddled Spanish was being spoken all around me and I longed for a piece of fruit from one of…

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The Little Things


In my work teaching in our semester program and working with our site leaders I find myself often thinking about the various cycles we see repeated in the communities we serve in; cycles of abuse, family dysfunction, and poverty among others that are passed on from generation to generation. They are passed on until someone makes the decision to swim…

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Scribbles on Paper


I am blessed to have three children ages 11, 9, and 5. Ever since they were old enough to hold a crayon and scribble on paper they have loved to present their works of art to me saying, “Look what I made for you daddy!” Like fathers everywhere I would respond with an overly enthusiastic, “Wow!! It’s amazing! I love…

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New Ministry Site in Costa Rica: Special Education


Rebecca teaching at the Special Ed site In October we launched a new special education ministry site in partnership with the public elementary school in La Capri. In the school system there are a significant number of children who have disabilities and/or learning disabilities that are too significant to qualify for one set of services, but yet not severe enough…

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A New Year in Costa Rica


Happy New Year from Costa Rica! As we look forward to a new year of ministry opportunities, we also look back on 2012 and can see God’s hand touching and transforming lives. God is at work and it is a privilege to be eyewitnesses of his power. Ministry Sites We have watched as the sports site, along with the women’s…

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A Semester in Costa Rica


On January 12 we welcomed 8 students from Fresno Pacific University as part of our first ever study abroad program in Costa Rica. The students have been busy studying Spanish at a local language school, taking ministry courses from our SI staff, and working in the various ministry sites. Through it all they have been challenged to encounter God and…

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SI-Costa Rica: New Locations for Ministry Sites


We recently moved two ministry sites to different locations. The Tutoring Center in Los Guido had outgrown the rooms that La Iglesia Reformada de Los Guido had graciously allowed us to use. Days after we made the decision to move, God provided a two-bedroom house with a back patio area and a large front garage/patio area. SI Costa Rica staff…

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A Note from Janice Hansen: Our Women’s Outreach to Costa Rica


This past month I had the opportunity to lead a women’s outreach to Costa Rica. Our group consisted of 11 women from the San Joaquin Valley, one from Texas, one from Austria, and nine ladies representing the SI Guatemalan staff. Our ages ranged from 17 to 67, and what a blessing to be with this group! The SI Costa Rica…

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