Some of our readers have asked about our work here in Costa Rica. The pictures above show some of the folks who attend our Sunday A.M. Bible studies. Many of them are Roman Catholics who are showing a great interest in the gospel.
The response here has been very slow since we are working in what is probably the most Catholic area of Costa Rica. Our little town is home to the only standing Colonial RC Church still in use, http://www.360cities.net/image/colonial-church-of-orosi-valley and we live only a few kilometers from the country’s most well known Basilica. Every year, for a couple of weeks leading up to August 2, the road ways are clogged with pilgrims making their way, on foot, from all over the country to La Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgen_de_los_Angeles. They are coming to seek the virgin’s blessing or to give her thanks for some blessing they have received. The folks here take their Catholicism much more seriously than in other parts of Costa Rica.
Since the people to whom we are ministering are very poor, (most of them would be called “campesinos” or “peasants”), we seek to care for their physical and material needs as well as their spiritual needs. Thanks to the help of some of the Gringos who attend our English Speaking Bible Study, we are able to provide them with basic food supplies, clothing and medicine. Of course, as the number of those attending grows, this becomes more of a financial burden.
Unemployment in our area is a huge problem. Those who can find work must support rather large families on around 400 USD per month. It has become quite expensive to live in Costa Rica, relative to other parts of Central and South America. Most of the people you see pictured above must walk several kilometers to attend our Bible Study.
We do not receive any salary for our work here. Everything that is contributed goes directly to the ministry in which we are engaged. I understand that many of you are fully engaged in other ministries, but if the Lord should lay it on your heart to become involved in this work in Costa Rica, your gifts would be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, gifts to this ministry are not tax deductable.
Contributions should be Payable to H.I.M., Inc. and sent to:
Hispanic International Missions. Inc.
c/o Ray Taylor
7578 W. Tropical Ln.
Homosassa, FL 34448