*Update 3/20/2020: Due to safety concerns, this trip has been postponed until further notice*
Dear Current/Potential Impact Team Volunteers,
I wanted to take a brief moment to talk about the conversation around every dinner table…the Coronavirus began taking the world by storm first via news outlets and social media and now seems to occupy most conversations. This is now our globally reality, as virtually every country in the world has or is in the process of closing their borders. This is no small deal and we have sought to respond in an appropriately and timely manner.
The Coronavirus has and will continue to have a significant effect on our ministry. We have taken the steps to postpone all Impact Teams scheduled from now through May 31, 2020. All volunteers on these teams, departing before May 31, should have received communication specific to them earlier this week. Impact Teams scheduled after May 31 will be evaluated as the situation unfolds.
Humankind has a real need, and it’s not to beat the Coronavirus (though we can all agree we’re looking forward to the day that is true). Humankind’s REAL need is Jesus. The REAL need is salvation. While we have been temporarily limited from traveling abroad to expand this effort, let’s not neglect coming alongside of those close by who have fears, pointing them to the true source of freedom from fear. As Paul reminded Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7)
Do not forget that while this element of our work had been reduced, around the globe children are still meeting in regular Story Clubs to hear and be transformed as their life story comes in contact with the story that God has been telling since the moment of creation.
Please join us in prayer. Prayer for these children. Pray for those that are and will be inflicted with this virus. Pray for those leading the way to combat the outbreak. Pray for those that are living in fear. Most importantly, pray that God will be glorified in all of these things.
Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.
Join us in beautiful Costa Rica as our team constructs a wonderful ADA accessible playground on the campus of Abundant Life Church in San Jose. Our team will get to work alongside wonderful local volunteers and laborers during the construction and other opportunities to serve the church and bless them. Experience the joy of celebration as we dedicate the playground to bless the kids and seeing them get to play on their gift from their new “KIDS” friends for the first time! Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today!
Local Partner Info
We will be working alongside family members from the Zachary Johnson Foundation who are sponsoring this project, and serving with Casa Viva Ministry in Costa Rica, to partner with Abundant Life Church and Pastor Marco Vega, with their ministry to children in the San Jose area. Among their children’s ministry teams are a group of children with special needs who the church loves and serves. This playground project will give them an opportunity to bless those special kids and offer an opportunity for them to play right along with the kids who don’t have those needs – bridging an important gap in the social culture of their community.
Meet the Team Leaders
Mike has had the joy of serving with KIDS since March 2008. His passion is seeing people fall deeply in love with Jesus, grow in Him and trust Him more. When he is not leading Impact Teams, his role is to help provide Spiritual leadership to the staff and volunteers through devotion materials and prayer. He helps with our staff team development and personal development, as we strive to grow personally and professionally as well. Mike also helps our Ambassadors stay connected and involved in the work God is doing through KIDS. In his spare time, he loves spending time and cruising with Kari, (his wife of over 40 years – married 1978), and enjoys as much time as possible with his family and friends.
This is Dan Martin! Dan has served on several KATW Impact Teams, even before agreeing to serve on our Board of Directors. Many team members who have served with him in the past, have commented about wanting to serve with him again. Dan has a tremendous heart for kids and for our Lord. He will lead us well, using his servant-hearted attitude and God-given leadership skills. We will laugh, work hard, play well, meet some amazing people, laugh some more, and be blessed under his leadership, as we serve the King and love on some very special kids! He is looking forward to meeting and serving with you!
Details & Logistics
To be determined….