Jon and Joni’s ministry in Costa Rica centers around two main areas: hospitality and training. Given the Latino culture, it is not uncommon to have people stop by just to have a cup of coffee, hang out and talk about life and ministry. Their philosophy is that their home is a tool to be used for ministry. Whether that is frequent drop-ins, the church plant they are working with meeting for service or visitor from the States, a large portion of Joni’s ministry is preparing food, coffee and hosting.
Training has always been a part of their ministry. Jon began meeting with pastors and church leaders early on in their ministry in Costa Rica. Meeting once and sometimes twice a week to study theology, Jon has covered topics such as the book of Genesis, Amos, Acts and 1 & 2 Timothy. He has also worked through Systematic Theology.
In September 2016, Jon was contacted and told of a pastor near the Nicaraguan border that desired to have training available near him. Jon contacted him and set up a modular training time. In January 2017, this pastor along with several others studied Bibliology and Hermeneutics in a Tri-M modular style course. Classes are scheduled for every 3 months in that location. Since then, Jon has been contacted by another pastor in the Province of Guanacaste, and he is pursuing the option of holding classes there as well.