Mission Work

San José Ministry*

While abroad, students will be partnered with a Mission Mentor who will help them get involved with ministry opportunities and connect them with a local church and the Christian community in San Jose. Students will meet regularly with their Mission Mentor for prayer, reflection, and spiritual accountability; the spiritual support and opportunities will make their time abroad transformational!

In Costa Rica students serve with our Mission Mentor, Carlos Graugnard, with “Face of Justice” ministry which serves to defend shelter, empower and love survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and work through prevention and restoration. We also partner with "Hogar Fe Viva", which is an orphanage where students get to play games and share the Gospel with children. 

The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum will enhance and help students internalize their experience, and provides a great opportunity to reinforce cross-cultural missions, and earn college credit. The course formalizes the student's 7-10 hours of ministry including: reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research. 

 

Blog Post from San Jose Veritas student

Gabby B., Westminster College

"A group of my friends and I got in a taxi and joined up with a human trafficking ministry. There, two amazing women, Patty and Ashley, greeted us and shared with us about the ministry and told us our mission. After 30 minutes of crazy awesome worship, we grabbed the coffee and cookies and headed out to the corner. 

Because prostitution is legal, taxi drivers take these men all around the city of San José to all different “Hotels”. If the men want a 13-year-old girl, the taxi drivers know exactly where to find one. Sick, right? Something in the minds of the people who run the scene just shuts off. They think they have to provide for their family and that it’s “just a job”.  

So with that said, I sat in worship crying and praying that God would give me strength to see this face to face. That breaks my heart. I was so so angry. Then… I found out that our mission wasn’t to go and hate these men. It was to love them…How the heck was I going to do that? That’s impossible. They are terrible people who know exactly what they are doing. 
 
As I stood outside that brothel and made friends with the taxi drivers, I saw that they needed normal conversation, even if it wasn’t about Christ. Can you imagine being involved in that all day and not be able to have an innocent, loving conversation? Everyone knew our group there as the fun Christians who give out coffee and cookies. We weren’t a threat, but the hope in a messed up situation. 
 
A man walking by went up to one of the women who runs this ministry and asked, “Why do you do this?”. She responded, “Because we love to give out coffee and love on people.” He could not understand. After asking a few more questions and hearing that she does this to show Jesus, he broke down sobbing. He told her that he was a very wealthy man, but so poor in spirit and admitted that his people should be out there serving on the street corner as well. 
 
It was great to build relationships. We are not starting God’s work, but joining in His plan for us as a body of believers. I join in to proclaim that death has been defeated, and the power of sin has been broken, even in Costa Rica. Even in the United States."

 

*Mission work differs by site & term. For ministry details for a specific term, please email info@veritasabroad.com