Smiling tourists never imagine the truth of life in Puerto Rico.
A commonwealth of the United States, Puerto Rico offers wealthy residents and tourists the comforts of America as well as exotic beaches and a relaxed Caribbean culture.
Sadly, almost half of the population lives below the poverty line, and unemployment always remains high. Most of the Puerto Rican people do not have access to services such as police protection and emergency medical care.
Many families have been torn apart by emigration—almost half of the island’s people have moved to the United States.
Those who remain need hope.
You can share the promise of life in Christ to the people of Puerto Rico.
Build relationships and trade stories with them. You’ll learn about Puerto Rican life beyond the resort walls, and you can share the promises of Jesus with forgotten people.
You will have opportunities to get to know and impact children and families in the community through Vacation Bible School. You will work with a local missionary to plan songs, games, arts and crafts, and Bibles lesson for children in the barrio nearest Juana Diaz, which is home to over 5000 people.
You will work with Camp Caribe on the beach in Juana Diaz, supporting the ministry as they provide local children the opportunity to have a weeklong camp experience that most cannot afford. What an incredible opportunity to build on the investment and simple friendships you will make with the children in the barrio through VBS and your time spent there!
Helping these children to see beyond the life of the Barrio will be instrumental in moving kids and families away from believing cyclical poverty, drugs, and crime are their destiny.
Puerto Ricans need Jesus and the hope his message brings. Will you help?
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