This is not your average mission trip.
Our trip has been postponed to 2021
Noah is continuing to work with the Kampers to try and make a trip possible next year. Additional COVID insurance will be necessary, and the dates we are looking at are June 11-19!
This is the most recent update from the Kamper fam.
With unemployment now hitting 24% here in Costa Rica (the great depression was 25%) and protests beginning to happen outside the president's residence as well a general sense of isolation and sadness and fear, we see this as a significant moment in history to be able as a church to care for people's immediate and longer term needs through the Iglesia Union Covid Relief fund.
Just as Christ had compassion on people and took care of their physical needs through healing and feeding the masses which led to people coming to faith, our hope is that as we, in love and intentionality, care for people here in San Jose that we would see an increase in the Kingdom as well.
With this in mind, our goal is $10,000 by the end of December 2020. This would provide much needed financial relief to families and individuals. Iglesia Union's members who are financially well off have already begun to donate towards these needs but their resources are limited. As more and more people are without work and have no savings, they are unable pay electric and water bills as well as daily food supplies. The $10,000, managed by a committee would have multiple impacts.
It would take care of our Costa Rican missionaries who are suffering and have no other support network. It would give ongoing long term support to the people who need it most as we expect things to only get worse. It would allow Iglesia Union Church to reach out to the community and surprise people with God's love as we give intentionally with compassion and the hope of the gospel.
Funeral expenses, monthly food donations, opportunities for micro loans for small business startups as people lose their jobs.
Example from this past week. Last Saturday morning at 8 am Noah walked to the house of Eduardo, a man he has been discipling who lives in poverty, can't work and every day has to find food to eat for his elderly mother and himself. His mother who he has done his best to take care of died the night before and Noah was the only one who could come to pray with the family. Later that afternoon Noah went to pray over the house of a family who had been robbed. Crime is on the rise as more people are becoming desperate. The family is a month away from having their second child and all the money they had saved up for the birth was taken.
We are extremely grateful to the Lord that we as a family are fully supported through our financial ministry partners like you all at First church. It is enabling us to stay on the field while many many missionaries have lost their jobs or are being forced to head back to their country of origin. We plan to see you all in July of 2021 during our planned home assignment. In the meantime, we are asking you to join us in raising $10,000 see God's Kingdom extended, to care for the needs of the hurting, and to make a significant impact in the lives of Costa Rican's during this trying time.
We are excited that by establishing the Costa Rica: Iglesia Union Covid Relief fund we are going to be able to give 100% of every dollar directly to the people who need it without any assessment fee or taxes taken out which is normally the case for regular donations.
Thank you First church for your heart for the gospel, for the Word, for missions and for people. We are honored to be serving the Lord on your behalf here in Costa Rica as we do discipleship in community, together.
Noah and Liz Kamper
along with all the pastoral staff at Iglesia Union Church.