Behind the “Rich Coast” and thick rainforests in this beautiful country lies the challenge of a nation in transition.
Costa Rica is an adventure seeker's paradise. Its diverse plant and animal life, stunning beaches, and rainforest zip line tours attract thousands of tourists each year.
This rapidly developing country is one of the most stable, as well as most visited regions, in Central America.
Because of the growing tourism industry, many Costa Rican families have abandoned self-sufficient farming lifestyles for the work opportunities available in larger cities. As a result, the country finds itself in the midst of a significant cultural change.
For those elevated in status by foreign investment, traditional morals and lifestyles have given way to a modern, consumer-oriented world. For those left behind, suffering and poverty remain.
The people of Costa Rica need to remember the unchanging love of Jesus—and that it is still real and relevant to their lives.
Nicaragua has been called the land of lakes and volcanoes. Thick rainforests, rugged highlands, long beaches, and fertile hills define the country’s beautiful landscape. Its rich history dates back to the Spanish conquistadores.
As the poorest nation in Central America, almost 80% of Nicaraguans live on less than $2 a day. More than half the population lives beneath the poverty line. One in four Nicaraguans is starving or suffering from malnutrition.
Nicaragua needs your encouragement.
One ministry you will be partnering with is called Ocean's Edge, in Costa Rica. There you will help with Sunday school, Kid's Club, and the prenatal center. You will also get to do outreach on the beach with the organization's surf camp. Additionally, there will be a lot of opportunity to help with improvement projects around the property.
Will you join the Church in Costa Rica and Nicaragua in reaching their communities for Jesus?