The Year of the Ox

13 02 2009
Behind our family is a beautifully decorated ox, a significant part of Costa Rica's agricultural heritage.

Behind our family is a beautifully decorated ox, a significant part of Costa Rica's agricultural heritage.

It seems rather appropriate that 2009 is the Chinese “Year of the Ox.”  Used for hauling staple crops like coffee beans and bananas through the mountainsides, the ox has carried significance in the history of Costa Rica.  For us, it holds significance that 2009, the “Year of the Ox,” is the year that we’re headed to the very mountainsides that this beast once plowed.  Although no longer significant to the farmers of today, the ox and the beautiful carts once yoked to its back are important symbols to the country we will soon call home.

While visiting Costa Rica in January, we witnessed its beauty and the needs of its people, many of whom greatly impacted by the earthquake in early January.  Tourism is an important part of the Costa Rican economy, and the earthquake damaged an area popular to tourists.

With tourism carrying such importance, we found Costa Ricans (or “Ticos,” as Costa Ricans refer to themselves) to be very friendly and welcoming to “outsiders.”  We were encouraged by the friendships we made and look forward to further developing relationships. 

It brings us great joy to begin to realize our vision of reaching Ticos through micro-enterprise development and the message of our Savior’s love.  Like the oxen, we will plow through the fertile soil of Costa Rica to plant seeds of Christ’s love in the hearts of Ticos.

As God prepares our hearts for His service, we are eagerly learning more about Costa Rica, its resources and people.  It is our joy to bring a little piece of Costa Rica to you.

This woman shared her home, now condemned as a result of the earthquake in January, with Dan and other members of ReachGlobal's compassion ministries team.

This woman shared her home, now condemned as a result of the earthquake in January, with Dan and other members of ReachGlobal's compassion ministries team.

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