Mission Trips with Til He Returns are very different than many other mission trips on which you may have participated. Our teams are provided opportunities to be fruitful and purposeful and truly play a role in making a long term impact in Costa Rica. How? Your team provides manpower and help to a rooted ministry that is partnered long term with local leaders to meet real needs in the local communities. Once a team leaves, the communities here are provided ongoing ministry, follow up, services, and more importantly, relationship. You are coming to listen to the needs, learn how you can be a bigger part back home, and encourage the people of Costa Rica, both missionaries and locals. God CAN use you in short-term missions, and Til He Returns appreciates the help in the long-term.
As for planning a trip to a foreign country, most leaders dread the logistical nightmare with so many unknowns. No worries! Til He Returns makes all the arrangements for your food, lodging, ministry while focusing on the spiritual growth of your team and still reaching out to others. You simply let us know you want to come, give us a date and we’ll handle the rest!
WHAT A TRIP LOOKS LIKE
Til He Returns will be in frequent contact with you helping prepare you for your trip before you go. Most short-term trips last for 6 days. You will spend time serving in orphanages, poor communities, homeless feeding programs, and much more, doing work that enriches the work THR has been doing year-round. It is important for you to encourage your team to lay aside their “DO! DO! DO!” desires, and pick up a “LISTEN! LEARN! & ENCOURAGE!” attitude. Plan to train your team to come alongside the Costa Rican people, listen to their hearts, learn their struggles & goals, and encourage them in their walk with the Lord. Plan to be an actual partner in the work you do here, whether it be construction or prayer or cooking. As a ministry, our goal is to draw them closer to the Lord by restoring their dignity and affirming their identity as capable and talented unique creations.
TIL HE RETURNS STAFF
Our American missionaries meet you at the airport and serve as your leaders and guides for the remainder of the week.
Your team will travel around the city via a 15-passenger van or a 30-passenger bus.
Depending on the size of your team housing will vary. Most housing comes complete with hot water showers, bedding & towels. Some facilities offer wifi, but most do not. The team leader will receive a ministry phone while they are here in case of emergency.
FOOD & WATER
Three meals are provided each day to team members. The meals are mostly American type foods, however your farewell dinner is Costa Rican, and you can expect an array of delicious chicken, rice, beans, bread, and fruits.
The Costa Rican water is safe to drink, regardless, upon arrival you receive a water bottle, and you are encouraged to keep it and refill it during the day/week. Small corner stores sell bottled soft drinks and snacks as well.
Translators will be provided for each team.
Your team will have the opportunity to experience the Costa Rican culture through several church services. If someone from your team would like to teach or if you have worship music prepared, please let us know in advance.
Before you leave, you will have the opportunity to spend a day on the beautiful coastline of Costa Rica or viewing the canopy from above where you can reflect on your week, shop at the little shops or simply relax. All meals are included for the day, unless you would like to dine at a particular restaurant on your own.
We encourage team members to bring extra spending money for souvenirs or snacks from the convenient store. You will have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and coffee on your free day as well as throughout the trip. You can withdraw money in either USD or local currency from most ATM’s which are located throughout the valley. Many stores and shops will also take US Dollars. Larger businesses and restaurants do accept debit/credit cards.
IF you plan to bring cash, please make sure that you ask the bank for CLEAN (no markings, not even small) and CRISP (no tears, not even a little one) bills, in denominations of $20 or less. Most businesses accept USD, but most only $20 or smaller and definitely ONLY if they are in perfect condition. Ask your banker for bills accepted for international travel.
DO NOT bring travelers checks. No one here will accept them simply because they are not common and small businesses do not recognize what they are.
If there is a need for medical treatment while you are abroad, we will see to it that you get the best care available. It is highly encouraged that teams purchase short term missions insurance. You can find many different types by a quick online search, however, they are all similar and very reasonable in cost. Being located in the central valley of Costa Rica, there are several medical facilities nearby. You will be responsible for all medical costs, but usually they are very small in comparison to the USA.