The Work of the Lord in San Jose Costa Rica


Winter 2019
Written by Kory and Rebecca Crawford - Costa Rica
korycrawfordmrx@gmail.com


Kory and Rebecca Crawford

We arrived in Costa Rica in September of 2017 and our first year was spent engaged in working with most of the very small number of assemblies that exist in the country. Our purpose was to try and get to know the believers and see what needs we could help meet and encourage along the way. We encouraged a few of the younger men in the assemblies to get active in gospel work in and around their local assemblies and had them take part in different children and gospel outreaches both in the communities around the assembly building and in the building itself. As is probably true in most regions, bringing the gospel to a community for them to hear has shown to be more effective than trying to bring a community to listen to the gospel somewhere else.


Costa Rica is a Roman Catholic country, but most would be nominal and generally indifferent towards church and religion while still believing in God. We found some communities to be much harder and less interested than others, but we're glad that in our first year we were able to encourage the Christians in this way and see the gospel spread in different areas.

In November of 2018, we decided to move to the far east side of the capital city of San Jose, with the heart and desire to work in a new area and see a further testimony raised by God in this part of the city. As far as we know, there is no history of gospel work in this area, and the only other assembly that would be considered part of San Jose is over 40 minutes away. This indeed was new ground, and the sheer size of the population of the capital humbled us as to where and how to get started.



Kory Crawford preaching the word Costa Rica

A dear sister in the Lord named Rosa had also recently moved to this area of Costa Rica to come to live with her daughter after the passing away of her husband and one son in Nicaragua. She had the desire for her family to hear the gospel, as she has four daughters who all married Costa Ricans and most of whom live in the east side of San Jose. We were able to rent a small community event center and begin gospel meetings just a five-minute walk from where a large number of her family lives. We had a dinner for the community on the first night followed by a gospel message and then several nights of gospel preaching. Three of Rosa's daughters, two of her son in laws, and a number of her grandchildren have been able to attend and hear the gospel. Her one son in law brought out a number of his family members as well. Mark Bachert from Nicaragua was able to take the bus down to come to help us during the first week, as the work of inviting, visiting, and preaching on your own has proven to be a difficult task and much less effective than going out two by two.

It has been noticeable at the level of respect and attention given every night to the preaching of the gospel. Even a group of three children who live down the road from the event center attended almost every night and listened to the whole meeting. This work is still, going on and the meetings are planned to continue on a part-time basis of two to three nights a week and start up again every night when two different brothers are coming down from Canada for the last two weeks of February and into March.

We ask for your prayers for continued work in this area of Ipis on the far east side of San Jose as we trust in the Lord to bless in the salvation of the souls of those who have been attending and in the family of dear sister Rosa. When we think of the sheer size of the greater area of San Jose (over 2 million of the total 5 million population), we pray for the Lord to continue to move our hearts in compassion like He had in His own heart when He saw the people scattered about like sheep without a shepherd. Indeed it could be said of Costa Rica "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest."

Winter 2019
Written by Kory and Rebecca Crawford - Costa Rica
korycrawfordmrx@gmail.com