This will be our third year to have an international mission trip over the May Break. We will go to Costa Rica and work with St. Bryce Mission from May 17-26. The group consisting of 18 students and two staff members will share in St. Bryce’s mission of evangelization. The group will be stationed in Grano de Oro, a village at the edge of the Cabécar reserve and work with the local Catholic priest to do evangelization activities for diverse age groups and services. Participants must be physically fit to be able to hike for several hours per day in the mountains. It will be a great opportunity to minister to the needs of remote communities in Costa Rica and grow in faith through prayer and humble service.
Contact Clotilde Pichon if you are interested in learning more.
We will go to Costa Rica and work with St. Bryce Missions. St. Bryce Missions exists to put faith, hope and love in action and bring Christ-centered transformation to the world’s most vulnerable communities. St. Bryce Missions has been present in Costa Rica since 2011. St. Bryce’s mission is to minister to the needs of the Cabécar indigenous peoples. The Cabécar Indians is the largest Indigenous group in Costa Rica and is considered to be the most isolated. They have been pushed up to the Chirripo Mountains in reservation lands, which is accessible only through dirt roads in the mountains and cloud forest. The reservation lands comprised of many small communities, only accessible by foot after a few hours long hikes. Therefore, the Cabécar Indians have not been exposed to many basic items, including health care and education; they are very traditional, still preserving their culture, and speak mostly their own language rather than Spanish. St. Bryce Mission ministers to the Cabécar pregnant mothers through their maternity home in Turrialba, where mothers and children can stay for free around the time of childbirth or when having medical treatments at the nearby hospital. St. Bryce also provides assistance to Cabécars through yearly medical clinics and building projects for the reserve. They also do evangelization in the Cabécar reserve and surrounding areas.You can learn more about St. Bryce Missions by visiting their website at www.stbryce.org.
The total cost of the trip will be about $1,200 (depending on the cost of airline tickets)
There will be several opportunities for fund raising. Through dedication and hard work, you can raise a part of the money needed for this trip. If accepted, a deposit of $200 will need to be paid at the receptionist desk by November 13.
Completed applications must be returned to the receptionist or submitted online no later than Sunday, October 23, 2016.
Required Meetings and Activities
"Coming into this mission trip I was nervous. It’s a new country and I did not feel spiritually ready to evangelize others. During our first Holy Hour I really asked God to work through me and give me the strength I needed for this week. I got out of my comfort zone and really felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in everyone this week."
"I never realized about these mission trips is how they really are just one ripple in the Giant Ocean that is God’s workings, but all the same, they are important if we ever want to inspire lasting change. I brought what I could offer to God’s love to Costa Rica, and in the process, I experienced His love for me and for his people like I never had before."
"The Cabecar people are so strong. I served children, colored and sang songs with them with all the suffering and pain I saw so much light and strong will. I saw Jesus Christ in every single person I met. Even the people who didn’t talk to me at all and simply listen...Costa Rica is a wonderful place full of Jesus."
“My favorite parts of the trip were the sincerity of the group, the focus on prayer, the friendships developed with community members, and the immersion in nature.”