At this time, we are looking at renting a house that will adequately house our large family, giving us room to raise our children and also allowing us to be in ministry. This all being new to us, we are in need at this time. This is where we are new to the process. We are not accustomed to asking for support for ministry. We have always served in ministry, always shared the Scriptures and have always given to ministries, but this is where we are at.
To work in Costa Rica, you need a work visa. We were told before we came that it was ok to work in Costa Rica and teach English to Ticos without a work visa, but that is not exactly true. Sure, they will overlook it most of the time, because their main concern is that Americans do not move here and take jobs from the CR citizens, but it is still not legal to teach without a work visa.
So, the first and main project and expense after getting a home is to get Matt certified to teach Ingles which we are hoping will allow him to get a work visa. In addition to that main project, we have several other projects/ministries in the works, and are eager to get them started. In order to do this, we need to get our things to the home we have found about 4-5 hours away by bus and rent the house. We need to get set up to get a home bakery going in the ministry center at the house so that we can start to support ourselves. Once we get there and settled, Matt will be taking the online class to become certified to teach English to the local Ticos. This is a good thing for us and for them, as it will help them to get better jobs and to move up in their chosen career fields.
Another project we have in the works is a family project that will take some time to construct, but will be mainly selling our products online to home school families and parents. You will be hearing more about this project as we progress in it… We are currently working on it with our children.
Upon sharing some of the delicious baked goods we enjoy in our home, we were told that breads and baked items of this quality are hard to come by here. Yet another project we are planning is to have a continuous bake sale from our home. We have been blessed with daughters who love to cook and bake and are very organized and proficient in these areas. Since we have been here, they have shared their wares and have taught a local friend how to make Challah bread. They are eager to get into our new place so that they can teach baking and cooking classes to new-found friends.
Our estimation at this time of what we will need for expenses is $800-1000. We feel this will adequately take care of housing and utilities, food, and other necessities. Anything that you can give to us in support of these endeavours will be greatly appreciated. We know, from administering to the widows and fatherless on Gleaning the Harvest, that no gift is too small. Every dollar will be put to good use and greatly appreciated.
We are living in what we believe the Scriptures point to as the last days, and these are exciting times. We are greatly looking forward to sharing these times with you from Costa Rica.
Blessings and Shalom~