Costa Rica Mission Team Expanding Its 2017 Ministries

shelter-stormsChuck Graff2Our Costa Rica Mission Teams have been serving faithfully in the northern part of the country for the past 11 years. We have helped build a new sanctuary/children’s worship center, a medical clinic, Sunday School classrooms, a new parsonage, and helped with local rural church buildings. We have also provided Vacation Bible School (VBS) lessons and gifts for thousands of children and their families. You have also helped us provide shoes, blankets, medical supplies, and other items for the children at the Methodist Children’s Home near San José on our visits there.

We thank you for all of your prayers and financial support over the past years that have made this all possible to support the spread of Christianity and Methodism across Central America. The local church in Puerto Viejo that you helped build has been housing flood victims in the community from Hurricane Otto that struck there with high winds and flooding a couple of weeks ago. Your support is now helping this congregation reach out with a new satellite congregation and ministries in neighboring Nicaragua to those families living on the local garbage heaps, offering job training, school lunches for children, and medical assistance. We are now excited to share with you that next summer we will launch a new Medical Mission Ministry and Team.

packing-lunchRev. Phyllis Barren is going to lead the existing Adult Costa Rica Mission Team (VBS and Construction), and I will be leading a new Medical Team at the same time to host our first Medical Mission Fair at the medical clinic that we have all helped build. The trip is scheduled from Friday, July 7 – Monday, July 17, and we need a variety of medical personnel to join us. We need dentists, pediatricians, general practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, dermatologists, and everyone who has medical expertise.

We will all be traveling together and working in the same vicinity, worshipping with the congregation together, serving with other local medical personnel (there will be a local doctor working with us at the clinic and the Medical Mission Fair), and touring the beautiful rain forests. Please contact me (cgraff@myfumc.org) or Rev. Phyllis Barren (pbarren@myfumc.org) for more information. We hope that you can join us — there is a job suited for everyone who wants to come. Special thanks to Dr. Wes Alderete who is helping us organize the medical plans for our new team.

Pastor Chuck Graff

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