Just wanted to highlight a new blog! Everyone who has a heart for children in need, or who is working in this field or simply desires to make a difference in childrens’ lives should definitely follow along with Jill Aspegren and family as she shares her heart and years of experience in the Casa Viva greenhouse blog. Click here: Casa Viva Greenhouse to find out more.
Multiplication is happening, people!! The past two years we have been running the Children at Risk School at YWAM San Jose. This is a University of the Nations course that trains and equips new workers and advocates for children at risk. It’s an amazing school with an incredible potential to impact many children’s lives around the world. As we’re moving on to Jaco and a new ministry opportunity, one thing we truly desire is to see this school continue to run.
Spotlight on Rachel Grimes
This is Rachel. She’s been working with us the last two years and helped us pioneer the first school and lead the second school. She has been a huge encouragement to us as she’s completely embraced not only the school but our family as well. She was there for us when Koa was born and has been a really good friend to us. She is such an excellent staff and completely invests her life and heart into the students. Rachel is taking on the school and will run it next year. We know that she will be an excellent school leader and this next school will be AWESOME. Yay Rachel!!!
Spotlight on Amanda Noyes
This is Amanda. She came to us from YWAM Tijuana and has such a heart for this school she is taking it back to run at the YWAM Tijuana base! Not only will the school continue to run in San Jose, it will also run in Tijuana – the training is multiplying!!! We’ve been meeting with her and passing on everything she will need to run this school. She has also plugged in with the Women and Children’s Advocacy Centre who are committed to help her make this school a success. Hooray!!!
Our hearts are so encouraged by these two and we are so glad that this training will continue to be offered!
Yes, that’s right. You heard it here first. We are MOVING! This is something that we’ve been praying about for over a year now. After much prayer, research and investigation, we finally feel that this is the time to GO. We have had a fruitful two years with YWAM San Jose, leading several DTS’s and 2 Children at Risk Schools. Working with young people in discipleship and training them to reach children at risk has been such a blessing for us. It was not easy to make this decision to leave. We love the work we do here and we are sad to leave so many of the wonderful friends we’ve made. But, we really feel this is the right step for us and the right time to move forward into a new ministry. Thank you for all your prayers and support through this decision making process! The good news is we’re only moving about an hour away! We will still be “YWAMers” and under the covering of YWAM San Jose, working as an outpost or satellite ministry.
5 Children at Risk School students have decided to do their 6-month internship in Jaco with us! We are so excited about this and will spend our first six months coordinating and overseeing the 6-month outreach. This will be a great time for us to network and build relationships with the people already living and working in Jaco. We will come alongside churches and projects in Jaco to serve and learn from them. We are all about networking! We feel it’s the best way to get started in a new location. Before jumping in and starting any new ministries, we have to meet people, find out what the needs are, find out what’s being done, and then we can determine the best way to move forward most effectively. We’re excited we can spend our first six months doing just that.
For those of you that don’t know about Jaco – it is one of the top destinations for sex trafficking and prostitution. Poverty, drugs and crime also mark the town. At first glance, the town can appear attractive, but just below the surface it is a dark place in need of light and hope. Local youth and children are only in school half a day (if they go) and have no safe places to go afterwards. There are so many needs and lots to be done here. We truly desire your prayers!!!
Read our update here