A Celebration in Heaven!


One of the goals for the health care site in Nicaragua is to have a devotional time with the community members who visit the clinic. Each day looks different, but they often read the bible and pray together. Today we want to share an incredible story that happened at one of these devotional times a few months ago with three…

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Reckless Love in Jarabacoa


Today we’re hearing a story Daniel Czaplicki, the site leader at our Special Education Site in Jarabacoa. I’ve worked with the children of Centro Especial Genesis for about two years, and during that time God has taught me far more lessons through the children there than I can mention in one short update.  Of these, a recent experience with two of…

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A Birthday Celebration in Costa Rica


This week we’re sharing a story out of one of our ministry sites in Costa Rica. Jessie Rybaczyk leads our women’s health and fitness site in the community of Los Guidos. She hosts boot-camp style workouts, teaches on nutrition, and leads weekly Bible studies.  Since starting the women’s health and fitness site in Costa Rica in September of 2018, I’ve seen a…

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Celebrating One Year at the Medical Site in Quinigua


Today we’re hearing a story from April Ether, a heath care site leader in Santiago. Yesterday, our newest medical site in Santiago celebrated its first anniversary. In the first nine months of operation, we served over 1,200 patients! As we rejoice in all that the Lord has done with us and for the community, we’re reflecting on specific moments in which we…

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Cooking Towards a Better Future


Earlier this month at our Special Education site in Guatemala, we had our first official cooking class with the students! You may be wondering– what’s so exciting about a cooking class? Well, we believe that teaching these skills can have a long-term impact on the community and on the lives of the students. The heart behind having a cooking class…

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Planting and Watering Seeds


At times, short-term mission trips can leave us wondering “did I really make a difference?” Many of us have seen the negative effects of short-term missions and want to be sure that our time invested makes an impact in some way. At Students International, we believe that our short-term outreach participants play a key role in planting seeds of the gospel in the…

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The Fruit of a Long-Term Investment


Today we’re hearing a story from Nate Slabach, our Vice President of Staff Care.  There is something so inspiring when I witness the positive, life-changing impact of long-term, holistic community development. Several months ago, during a visit to the Dominican Republic, I had the privilege of sitting with Ramona as she told me her story. When the Students International micro-finance ministry site…

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Witnessing Transformation


Today we have a story from Cailah Pritchard, one of our site leaders at our Boys and Girls Club in Costa Rica.   A few years ago, a group of teenage boys started spending time at Casa Verde, our Boys and Girls Club in Costa Rica. As they began to spend more time with us the site, my co-leader Juan…

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A Milestone We’re Excited About


Alex Jimenez has been running our appropriate technology site in Santiago for the past five years. He hit a HUGE milestone earlier this month when he delivered his 200th water filter, and as of this week, he’s delivered 224 water filters! This milestone is wonderful news because it means we have provided 224 families with filtered water. As a result,…

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This one’s for the dreamers.


Today we have Steven Hinkeldey, co-leader of the sponsorship site in Guatemala, sharing a story about one of the students in the program.  Saidy has been in our program since she was in the fourth grade. She is now sixteen years old and is going into her first year of high school. In Guatemala, High School is run on a vocational…

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