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A Remarkable Story

A year and a half ago, we shared the remarkable story of Kendri Beltre, a young man from Jarabacoa who grew up in our baseball program. Kendri had returned from a baseball academy, disheartened, directionless, and behind in his education at age 15. Today, we are thrilled to...

Meet our New Staff Member, Grettel

A friend invited Grettel to go to the exercise program that had started in the community center. Needing to do something active she agreed to go. Little did she know that going to work out would lead to becoming a part of a community of women. A community...

An Opportunity for Change

In the small community of Vista Alegre is a man named Bismark Obregón who has farmed the community for over 60 years. Bismark is a very kind and hard worker man and has a deep desire to learn more about agriculture. Bismark joined to agriculture site ministry about two years...

"La Casa Verde," our Social Services Ministry in Costa Rica

This week for #MinistrySiteMonday get to know the Social Services site in SI-Costa Rica. This site is located in Las Fuentes, a small community made up of mostly Nicaraguan immigrant families. This is a multi-faceted ministry that has partnered with a local church and community center to offer a variety of activities...

#GivingTuesday and the Ancient Mandate to Give

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. I mean, a day dedicated to feasting! It feeds the soul since it is also a time of gathering and sharing our blessings. Plus, Fall has just hit its peak out here in California, so we are excited...

The Power of Long-Term Investment

At the beginning of the summer, Maggie and I made a pastoral trip to Students International in the Dominican Republic. The goal for our pastoral trips is always to meet individually with staff: to listen, to give advice, to encourage, to bless, and to pray. It was an...

After a two-week outreach, now what?

During the Outreach Since the moment we drove away from the airport I knew I was going to love Costa Rica. The familiar smells of Latin America filled my senses as I took in all the foreign billboards and stacked architecture. Muddled Spanish was being spoken all around...

Are Short-Term Mission Trips worth it? ­ Part 3

Part 3: What benefit does short term missions have for nationals and our long-term staff? One of the biggest questions people often wrestle with in doing short-term missions is “What benefit to these trips have for nationals (people who are native to the country you’re visiting), as well as...

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Worth It? Part 1

Part 1: Short-term and Long-term missions working together If you’re anything like me, you’ve asked the questions, “Are short-term missions even worth it?” “Wouldn’t it be more effective to just raise the money and give it to the ministry?” “What benefit does it really have on the people...

SI Leadership Team

Once every couple years the SI leadership team (including field directors) meet to plan, pray, and share their lives together. Last week they gathered in Magdalena, Guatemala. Our theme verse this year was from Isaiah 55:12, “For you will go out with joy And be led forth with...