This past May marks the first of many trips to Costa Rica for the team at Citadel Square. A group of 60 medical professionals, students, contractors, Generation Link interns, Pastors and servants committed two weeks to kick off our new partnership in Costa Rica to serve our brothers and sisters through medicine, reconstruction and pastoral care.
The focus of the trip was set on discipleship. We asked ourselves, how can we encourage our new partners in Costa Rica to continue in their discipleship and how can we inspire our team to take what they have learned and apply it to their everyday life.
The medical team worked with the local church to provide medical solutions to physical problems while both the medical professionals and young church leaders both addressed the more serious spiritual needs of knowing Jesus as Savior. More than 500 people had the opportunity to hear the gospel personally explained to them through young local church leaders who also offered follow up for those who were interested. More than 200 people responded to this desire of knowing more.
Meanwhile, a team of 15 on the church building itself. The main goal was to convert the kitchen into a neighborhood café. Through much creativity and hard work, it was accomplished. Through this new café, the church can engage their neighbors through engaging the culture. Coffee plays a huge part in Costa Rican customs and culture and providing a table is going to create a space for new relationships to form between people who otherwise may never step foot into a church on their own.
Last but not least, a pastor’s conference took place and principles from SATURATE were shared and brought to life through great examples and cultural contextualization. Around 15 local pastors gathered to talk about what it would look like to work together in order to reach every man, woman, and child with the Gospel. This was a big step because unity does not come naturally in Costa Rica, just like most all churches around the world.
We believe that this trip goes way beyond these two weeks. This partnership has potential to change lives indefinitely. It has the chance to influence both the goers and the nationals to truly give their lives away for Christ no matter what profession, job, or neighborhood you may find yourself in.
We have invited our partner church in Costa Rica to send a team to us in Charleston. There is a lot of work to be done and we believe that together we can better reach every man, woman, and child with the transformational Gospel of Jesus Christ.