Costa Rica Partnership
Bethany partners with Christ for the City International and Pastor Cristian Leon and his team in the Pavas neighborhood in San Jose, Costa Rica. Through this partnership, Bethany sends both adult and youth Mission Trip Teams to work with Pastor Cristian’s PAVAS outreach ministry serving the community of Pavas, one of the most dangerous areas in Cost Rica because of the gang violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and poverty.
See the PAVAS life-changing ministries
PAVAS operates a number of life-changing ministries serving men, women, children, and youth including:
Providing food three times a week for children in need
Fresh Produce Program
Utilizing 2 trucks donated by Bethany, Pavas picks up donated fresh local produce to bring back to their church. This food is then offered to local families in need.
Children have a safe place to come and learn Bible stories, play games, experience the love and hope of Christ, and be discouraged from entering gang life
Ministry providing accommodations and vocational training to new Christians coming out if the gang lifestyle
Pastor Cristian and his team hold worship services which are attended by ex-criminals and ex-gang members who have come to a life-saving relationship with Jesus
Extreme Weekend Retreats
Serving 12,000 youth per year, these weekend retreats are offered to gang members who want to submit their lives to Jesus.
The “Art House”
Ministry serving more than 80 women a week offering sewing classes where women receive vocational training, food, and spiritual support.
How you can support the Costa Rica PAVAS Partnership
Change Lives By Supporting Bethany’s Partnership with Pavas:
Pray for Pastor Cristian, the Pavas team, and the men, women and children whose lives are being changed by Christ through this ministry
Bethany’s Refuge Worship Service
The Refuge is modeled after PAVAS’ Refuge Ministry offering an authentic, stripped down worship experience through music, testimonies and the power of the Holy Spirit. Join us the first Sunday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Place
Through our Christmas Sponsorship Program
Bethany families can donate money for Christmas presents for the children in the feeding program. (Please provice a link to this video
Donate Financially to Special Projects
Bethany donates funds for special projects such as the 2020 Truck Project where Bethany donated funds to purchase two trucks which Pavas now uses to distribute fresh local produce to families in need. They named the trucks Bethany and Pavas.
Join us on one of our adult or youth mission trips. During these trips, you will deepen your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, form deep and lasting friendships, serve others in need, and experience the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.
Through Bethany’s partnership with our sister church in Tanzania, Africa, we build relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ through sharing our faith, lives, and experiences. Bethany and our sister church, Uduru, walk together in a mutual relationship. We interact with one another as colleagues, fellow workers in the vineyard of Christ. Each partner, with their own strengths and characteristics, learn from one another with mutual respect.
Bethany organizes yearly vision trips to Tanzania to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray and worship with them, and to bring encouragement, support, love and assistance. We learn to walk in the shoes of the Tanzanian people and the hardships and joys that come with that walk. While in Tanzania, we see how the Tanzanian people value their faith above all else. They show us that although the Tanzanians have very little materially, they make time for family, friends, relationships, and people and give to others what they can.
Bethany also has a child sponsorship program which enables Bethany members to sponsor a student for a year providing school fees, uniform, and books for as little as $50 a year. In addition to the student sponsorship program, Bethany is currently partnering with Uduru Parish to build a preschool for the community.
Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief puts faith into action by responding to the needs of people throughout the world. Help is provided to victims of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, famine and war through personal care kits, school kits, baby kits, fabric kits, and quilts. Lutheran World Relief also works to provide clean water, prevent malaria and educate people to learn a trade and improve agricultural practices.
Lutheran World Relief lets those in need around the world know that God loves them enough to inspire someone thousands of miles away to provide loving care for them. Personal Care Kits given to displaced persons create an opportunity – to stay clean and healthy, to walk with dignity. School Kits give children an opportunity to become educated even in times of disaster. Baby Care Kits are often the only clothing for infants in refugee camps and orphanages. Fabric Kits are used to teach girls a trade to provide an income. Quilts not only provide warmth but are also used as room dividers, shelter and a way to carry possessions.
When Bethany’s donations join those of hundreds of other Lutheran congregations across the country, millions of people who are in need throughout the world can experience God’s love and care that we send in every quilt and every kit.
See the list of items needed for each kit. These are collected and assembled each October.
- 70 page spiral notebooks (4)
- Pencil sharpener
- School scissors (blunt tip)
- Box of 16-24 crayons
- Eraser (about 2 inches)
- Unsharpened pencils (5)
- Ballpoint pens (5)
Personal Care Kits
- Light weight bath towel (dark colors)
- Nail clippers with file
- 2 bath size bars of soap
Baby Care Kits
- 2 t-shirts up to size 2T
- 2 sleepers (without feet) up to size 2T
- 2 receiving blankets
- 4 cloth diapers
- 1 jacket or sweater with hood or cap
- 1 hand towel
- 2 pair socks
- 2 bath size bars of soap
- 3 yards 44’ wide or 4 yards 36’ wide cotton or cotton blend fabric
- 2 large spools matching or neutral thread