DAVID & PAMELA
In February 2006 we moved to Playa Jaco with a clear vision to plant a church. Our son Josiah was three years old and Pamela was three months pregnant. We lived out of several suitcases and rented an apartment while we looked for a house to buy. Because there were no available places to begin a church in Jacó with our small budget we held services in Playa Hermosa for the first year and a half. There we meet near the beach at a small school under a mango tree. During this time our second son Josué was born and God provided for us to purchase a house and remodel.
In early 2007 a space became available to rent in downtown Jacó in a commercial center called “El Jardín.” We added a second story in the space for the children's ministry and began services on a Friday night, June 1st at 7:00pm. with 98 people in attendance! As the church grew God provided the possibility to rent additional spaces in the same comercial center to make room for the growing children's ministries. In 2008 our daughter Lidia was born. Both Lidia and Josué were born in Costa Rica.
We wondered how God was going to provide land to build a permanent facility for the church. Prices for land in Jacó were extremely expensive but we continued pray, cast the vision God had given us and believe Him for a miracle. In 2012 the miracle happened. God provided the funds necessary to purchase land and a year later we began construction. The permitting and construction process lasted two years and we held our first service in our new facilities was held June 6, 2014!
The new facilities have been a huge blessing in so many ways. We host many outreach events and ministry training seminars. We are currently renting the facilities to an International English speaking church called Horizon Church. They are in the process of building their own facilities in Jacó and should be completed in 2019. The property is also an official shelter registered with the Costa Rican and Red Cross to use during emergencies. In March of 2017 we finished our multi-use gymnasium. This additional facility is used every week by our youth group and throughout the year to host different types of events that further the ministry of the church. We are so thankful and amazed how God has confirmed His vision to establish a Bible believing, Gospel centered church in Jacó.
For many years God has given us a passion for equipping leaders for the work of the ministry. We have personally trained leaders and piloted scholarship programs to help leaders graduate from seminary in San Jose on both the bachelor and master degree levels. However, we have learned this is not a sustainable or reproducible model. We believe God has called us to advance on His plan to develop spiritual infrastructure on the Central Pacific coast. We believe the next step is to establish a Bible Institute to train leaders and a Christian Academy for children
here in Jacó.
In November of 2017 God provided the funds to purchase the land next to the church that will be the future home of the Bible Institute and Christian Academy! In the next few years we will work towards the development of the land for these purposes. We are excited to see what God will do!
PO BOX 1248
Keystone Heights, FL 32656
Apartado Postal 119-4023