Testimonies about our recent mission trip to Costa Rica:

 

2014 Mission Trip Testimonies


This trip connected me with the wonderful people of Costa Rica. Their need is great but their Faith is strong. Our group worked hard to show God’s love.

This trip had an incredible influence on me because I have never seen true poverty and this trip really opened up my eyes to the world.


Push beyond my limits.  Reach out of my comfort zone.  Be in the moment – Totally present in each experience.  Feel deeply.  Love deeply.  Share peace.

I came into this mission with my mantra being “feel the presence of God”. Although I expected this to be an inward reflection I felt HIs presence in the people all around me. From watching everyone play with the children at kids camp giving them their time and a smile no matter how exhausted you were, to all the  doctos’ and students kindness and devotion to helping care for the people. And finally in the appreciation of the Costa Rican people and how, despite not having much, they always had a smile and were so thankful and their faith was deep and contagious.  I came wanting to help them and left with them helping me. Trish (Doogie Howser’s Mom).


 I feel so blessed to have been a part of this amazing mission. I am in awe of the selflessness of the young adults who were immersed in a world so out of  their comfort zone. Their patience, enthusiasm and never ending energy was inspiring. Our medical team, practicing under extreme conditions, demonstrated such incredible compassion and concern for all their patients…making sure each and every one of them left our clinic knowing they were well cared for and loved. We came to serve the people of Costa Rica, but I am leaving feeling that I am the one who received the gift. I have never witnessed a more genuine and content people, especially in the face of such extreme poverty. Although there was a language barrier, no words were necessary when you connected with the eyes of a grateful heart. I will never forget those eyes. Julie D

I dubbed this trip Extreme Mission, 2014 Edition based on our schedule, the intense weather, and the physical and emotional challenges that pushed all of us so far outside our normal daily lives.  From the medical professionals, to the students, to the professional moms, we worked till we were ready to drop, then worked some more. And EVERYONE, despite the frenzy, pitched in with a smile, with teamwork, and ultimately with the grace given to us by the smiles, the words, and the prayers of the families we served. Everyone here embodied the five cornerstones of our trip –  F. A. I. T. H. and I’m so grateful to each one of you for the lessons I learned from you every day along the way. Hope to see you all again – maybe even on Extreme Mission, 2015! Love to you all – deb


So many missioners on this trip are at the threshold of working for or deciding on careers. many want a medical field, some have no idea, but everyone is just trying to find their place…God’s will on how to live their lives.  In one of the sites, as I was praying for these beautiful young people, I saw the most unusual beautiful bird nests, hanging on the exotic trees. It was God’s answer! Do not be afraid. Look at the birds in the air that do not toil, or the blades of grass that grows….He is saying “I Love You, You are my Chosen ones, Do Not Be Afraid!” Onward Christian Soldiers and have faith!
Tina Camara

This trip was powerful in ways that would be hard to experience in any other setting then a mission trip to a country that is less fortunate then our own. You realize how few possessions you need to truly be happy by looking at faces of the locals you saw. Honestly I don’t have words to describe it. Breathtaking.



The chemistry between the members of this trip was breathtaking. Everyone worked so well together and had a blast while doing it. Both the people I worked with and the people I served I spired me for life. This was truly a special trip that I will always look back on happily. -Joaquin



This trip was one of the most positive events I have ever experienced. The people on the trip stand out most of all. Everyone’s willingness to help, not only the natives,  but also fellow missioners, was astounding.  I am especially grateful for the guidance provided by the practitioners on this trip. It was a great experience in more ways than one.
Brian Peters


The trip was life changing with so many memories and the realization that God can use us to spread His love.  When give ourselves over just as we are he can use us to be His hands and Feet. I will treasure all the new friendships we have made and memories
Debbie and Adam.




This mission trip helped me trust God and gave me desire to know God more. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6. This was my favorite Bible verse during this trip and God provided everything we needed. I am so grateful that I had an opportunity to learn from others how to serve God and others. It was very nice to be with other believers who have the same interests.

Jieun

 

2013 Mission Trip Testimonies

Inspiring and great experience .  It was a privilege and a honor to participate in this mission.  Will always cherish the friendships and memories created!
Dr. Martha

Amazing and eye-opening experience. An incredible blessing to be able to be part of this mission. Met lots of amazing people and strengthened my faith through service beyond all boundaries. 
Nicolas 

Exceeded all my expectations. It was an incredibly rewarding experience that has brought me closer to God and has humbled me. I feel so blessed to be a part of this trip, and I will cherish the memories and the friendships I made forever.
Megan 

This trip helped me to realize the unique nature of human free will, and the benevolent gravity of choosing to spend one’s time making our imperfect world a better place. 
Charlie

To serve others is both a calling and a blessing.  The grateful smiles of those you have helped without obligation is a wonderful reward.  The trip was an amazing demonstration of cooperation and teamwork in the mission of serving God’s will.
Dr. Jeff 

Working with the wonderful and the amazing providers helped me find inner happiness and peace.  I am truly blessed to serve among these awesome people.
Sonu 

Once again I feel guilty that I  received more then I gave on this trip. I was reminded of the goodness of man and saw it within those I had the privilege to work with.   I experienced and was reminded of the difference between sympathy and empathy. Telling a 19 y/o girl she does have a lifelong disease and that she could never have children and telling a  young mother that her 7 y/o  son should learn Braille as he is going blind,  reminded me of the difficulty of separating empathy and sympathy as we care for others. 
Dr. John 

This trip opened my eyes to the pulsing presence of goodness in the world, the humility and sacrifice that must prelude service, and the significance of doing “small things with great love”
Elaine 

Awesome experience. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of this trip. I have so many great memories and I have met many amazing people, both those we had the opportunity to serve and those a part of this trip, all of whom helped me to grow closer to God. 
Claire 

It was surreal to see a mini hospital, Walgreens and summer camp being set up and taken down every day of mission and to see everyone throw themselves into their work for no better reason than to serve The Lord. I feel so incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such incredible people and learn so much about the inner workings of the Lord’s love. 
Mira 

Every year on this trip just gets better and better. I am able to understand more Spanish and continue to have the opportunity to learn new things. I am so grateful to be able to go on this trip because it helps you to grow as a person.  We are pushed to our limits and still manage to persevere. That is why going to Costa Rica is such a valuable experience. Not only do we learn more about the world around us but also more about ourselves.
Kelly 

I’m very grateful that I was able to go on this trip and have this experience. Allowing me to come out from California was great. It was unreal to be able to help out the people of Costa Rica. This was a very humbling experience and I learned a lot. Thank you for everything!
Mark 

I didn’t expect to get such a crazy experience before I went off to college. Getting to know all the people on the trip, learning so much new stuff about medicine, and meeting the people here. The people here made everything worth it. I’m almost worried going back to the states that people there can’t even match up to the sheer optimism and warm greetings of the people here. I’m grateful for getting a chance to experience that.
Kevin

It was by far one of the best things I have ever experienced. When I decided to go on this trip I had no idea what to expect at all. I’m so grateful that I got to go on this trip and would for sure go again. I met so many great people on this trip. I even met a future pen pal. But most of all, working in kids camp opened me up to meeting the most amazing, enthusiastic kids. They were all so eager to get their face painted, to make bracelets, and to color pictures. Their smiles truly touched my life. I certainly enjoyed that. This whole trip really changed my life in the best possible way. 
Isabella 

I’ve never felt needed before, and the idea of it really scared me yet fulfilling others needs through serving them brought me so much happiness, and I felt a lot of love throughout the course of the whole mission. I know I’m blessed, I know I saw God, and I will never forget our 10 day family. I was humbled and truly appreciate who I am and what I have.
Elise 

Coming on this trip truly did open my eyes. I may say that about certain events but this time I do mean it. Before coming on this trip I was scared. I thought I was scared because of messing something up, forgetting something , or hurting someone but then I realized there was no need to be scared because I had God with me the whole way. I am blessed to receive the opportunity to go on this trip and will surely be thanking my parents a lot when I get home. Thank you so much Mrs. Salvino!!
Bridget 

I don’t think people understand how much it really means to be able to do something like this. All year when people would ask what plans I had for summer and I said a medical mission trip to Costa Rica they see it as just another cool experience and so did I until it was actually happening. This trip has changed me in so many ways for the better. And when i get back and explain my experience I feel bad for the people hearing my stories cause they will never really be able to understand how incredible this was to be apart of and all the inspiring people I’ll never forget .
Allie

I dream of being a doctor one day and hopefully work with charitable organizations as a doctor as we