January 16-20, 2020
Children and Family Ministry is going on a mission trip to Costa Rica! We will be partnering with Homes of Hope, a ministry sponsored through Youth with a Mission (YWAM), to build homes for families in the area of San Jose, Costa Rica. Family members of all ages will join us over the MLK holiday for this fulfilling and amazing opportunity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Homes of Hope?
Homes of Hope is an outreach ministry of Youth with a Mission (YWAM). YWAM is an international, interdenominational Christian missions movement launched in 1960. Homes of Hope began in 1990 and since that time over 100,000 individuals have volunteered to construct over 5,300 homes for the needy in 21 countries. They will help us construct a home from start to finish in 2 days!
What is YWAM Costa Rica?
Youth With A Mission- San Jose, Costa Rica is a community of 70 missionary volunteers who exist to raise up and equip relevant leaders who will impact and transform society. Through evangelism, training and mercy ministries they are building individuals and communities. Some of their key ministries include bible distribution, kids camps, soccer ministries, medical outreaches and Homes of Hope. When we refer to YWAM or Homes of Hope staff, we are really referring to this group of volunteers. All YWAM personnel are volunteers and must raise money to support themselves and their families.
How are families selected for a home?
Each family is selected on the criteria of need. Key factors considered are income, family size, present living conditions, and if the family has the title or rights to the land the house will be built upon. To obtain a Home of Hope, families must go through an extensive application process. Once approved, they are required to prepare the home site for the new foundation, tear down their old structures, and work together with the visiting team on the building days. Homes of Hope is not just a house-building organization, it’s a people-building movement. They build homes for the underserved because it changes people’s lives.
How long is a typical trip and build?
Homes can be built over 2 days. This allows participants to travel on a Friday afternoon, build all day Saturday and Sunday and then return home on Monday.
Is it safe?
In the experience of Saint Michael groups, this is a very safe trip. They have never had any concern for safety. We do ask that children not leave the group without an adult. There are often staff members around to help keep an eye on our children and neighborhood children.
The mild Costa Rican climate is delightful. January temperatures average 75 degrees! January is typically a drier month, but some showers are likely.