Costa Rica Mission TRIP

    Our sixth Trinity mission trip is planned for January 12-20, 2019.  Trinity sponsors this trip with the approval of UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission).  Currently, we have 16 missioners registered for this team.  Missioners provide their own funds for this trip. Tentative plans are to stay at the Methodist Rural Center, located in Ciudad Quesada, CR.  This may change as we continue to be in conversation with Mary Woods, Director of the Center.  She and her colleagues determine the needs and where we can best serve with the people of Costa Rica.  Our goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus, working hand in hand with our Costa Rican Christian brothers and sisters offering projects and ministries that include construction, Vacation Bible School, and women’s ministries, and distribution of items such as Bibles, toys for children, reading glasses, etc., as they are available for us to take with us and hand out in the neighboring rural communities.

    Churches in Costa Rica often start in someone's home.  They will build a lean-to on one side of someone's house and cover it with metal sheeting.  Black plastic tends to be the materials for the walls.  There is no other protection for them during the rain.  One lady removed a bed from a small 8'x8' room in order for us to have children's activities in there (15 children, if you can imagine), while the women were outside in the rain under the lean-to for the women's ministries.  The average yearly income in Costa Rica is $10,000 so we offer skills and teach crafts so the women might be able to make things to supplement their income.

     We thank everyone who donated items, helped set up, run, and clean up, and who visited our yard sale and silent auction on June 2.  With your help we raised a little over $4,400.  We  are required to provide a minimum of $5,000 for the construction project(s) that we are asked to do.  This does not include the funds  needed for VBS or women's ministries.  We will continue to accept donations throughout the year and thank you in advance for your generosity.  Every donation, large or small, helps us offer these ministries in Costa Rica.  We had our Annual Chicken BBQ along with another Silent Auction on Saturday, October 27 which raised over $4,000.  Monetary donations can be made to Trinity UMC Mission Team,  c/o Trinity UMC, 1809 N. Main Street, Anderson, SC  29621.  Again we thank everyone for their support.  We couldn't do it without you!

 Thank you for keeping Costa Rica Missions and Trinity Outreach in your prayers.