*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.
Costa Rica is one of the most eco friendly places in the world. Well, whats more eco friendly than installing a recycled playground from Kids Around the World! You will be part of a fun trip installing a playground for a community that is engaged in loving their community together. While working on the playground, you will be serving the community and its kids in other fun ways as well. Sign up today for your Eco Adventure in Costa Rica!
Local Partner Info
Abriendo Mentes is a community development organization utilizing the gifts and assets of the people to bring hope and opportunities to its people.
Meet the Team Leader
My name is Luis Banto, I grew up in Chile with a tight Swiss heritage. After finishing high school I moved to Switzerland to join the Swiss Windsurfing Olympic Team. Later, I became a professional Windsurfer which landed me in Maui, Hawaii where I have been for the last 25 years. I married an all-American Californian girl almost 22 years ago and we have been blessed with 3 kids. My multicultural upbringing plus my travels through the world as an athlete gives me unique skills to lead teams to foreign countries. I have been an Impact Team Leader for KIDS since April 2018 after volunteering for many years on trips with my family. I love leading teams because loving others through an Impact Team Trip is so fun and gratifying. Every trip truly brings two of my favorite verses so alive every single time: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” Mat 5:16 and “It is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts 20:35.
Details & Logistics
To be determined….