Mission to Costa Rica

Twenty seven years ago, Joy and I left Highworth with our three young daughters to start a big adventure in Latin America. We were members of Highworth Community Church and God had called us out to be missionaries.

During that time Educación Plus, a charity working with children and families in the shanty towns around the capital of Costa Rica, was started. Recently we retired – sort of – and are back in Highworth, but the work of the charity continues. I had the privilege of joining them again for the first two months of this year.

Channel 4’s recent series on Costa Rica presented a different world to the drugs and gangs and violence that is the reality of the shanty towns. During the main school holiday, January’s annual camps provided an opportunity for 120 kids aged between 9 and 14 to get away from all that for a week; first the boys and then the girls. Lots of sports, three good meals a day and basic Christian teaching were on the programme. Education is one of the most important tools for fighting poverty and in February the Educación Plus “Back to School” programme enabled 370 children and young people to start school with new uniforms and equipment. These were delivered personally to their homes before school term began


There was no time to be bored. 127 people visited me at home during the time I was there and, as well as going into the shanty towns, I was able to organize some kids’ days out and visit some young men in prison. And, of course, there was lots of football to be enjoyed! All part of sharing the good news of God’s love in a practical way.

We are looking forward to going back again in July and this time we’ll be joined by Richard, also from Highworth. Would you be interested in joining us on a future trip (not necessarily for two months!)? If so, please email me at: keith_holder@edplus.or.cr


Shacks Pavas Girls camp singing New uniforms Dilan and Genesis Shacks La Verbena Boys camp pool game Boys camp free time


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