Stephanie is a single mother of two. She had quit school, but returned knowing it would help her and her daughters. She is the youngest of her siblings and first to graduate in her family. By returning to high school she sets an example for her children and many others of the importance of education. Stephanie writes, “I would like to say thank you for all the help and support that my daughter and I have received over these past years. In first place I give God thanks because I'm a graduate of High School, a dream come true. I give thanks to everyone who donates because it such a Big blessing not only for me but for many others. I give thanks to Pastor Sally and Mr. Crosby because they have always been shoulder to shoulder with US, thank you. I want to encourage you all to keep on donating, be a light and to bring hope in many other children and young adults’ lives. Muchismo Gracias!”
We started to help Daniela and her brother Pablo when their mother passed away when she started 7th grade. She and her brother lived with their great aunt because their father was very ill and unable to take care of them. Daniela writes, “Hello, I am Daniela Brenes. I am very grateful for all the help and support I received through all my years of high school. With all my heart I give special thank you to Pastor Sally for her prayers and support, for all who have given, and Hearts and Hands for Jesus. My goal is to continue in my studies in University studying Microbiology and if it is in my power to help others. Thank You and God Bless you.”
Wendy is a single mother of two children. She dropped out of school at eighth grade. Through prayer and encouragement at church she returned to school. She writes, “First of all, I give thanks to God and for Pastor Sally and Crosby for their help through their Education Ministry that helped me to achieve my goal. May God continue to Bless them and all who have given, and Hearts and Hands for Jesus. To graduate from high school meant a lot to me because I am youngest and the first one in my family (13 brothers and sisters) to do so. My mother felt so Happy about it. Without your program my mother would not have enjoyed herself so much at my graduation. Thank you for the education program. I hope to receive more help to complete my studies in University and fulfill my dreams.”
Hello! My name is Diane Chinault. I’m a retired LPN. I currently live in Quakertown, PA, with my husband, Austin. From 2002 to 2011 I participated in 7 mission trips to Limon, Costa Rica, organized by missionary friend Sally Jane Johnson, who is the co-pastor of Harvest Tabernacle. Sally Jane, her husband Crosby, and co- pastor Herbert minister to the poorest of the poor in Limon, many of whom were refugees from the Nicaraguan Contra Wars many years ago. Our mission work over the years consisted of painting and general maintenance of the church, building and improving homes of parishoners, and offering eye clinics. We also participated in and helped lead spirit-filled worship services and Bible School programs. In all of these endeavors, my desire was to serve the beautiful, humble, loving people of Costa Rica, who may be poor in material possessions, by our standards, but incredibly rich in Spirit and love for the LORD. To my surprise, in each trip, I received so much more than I could ever hope to give. My faith, and my desire to serve others was strengthened beyond my wildest imagination through each of these mission experiences.
On our first trip, our new friends in Christ gave each of us a beautifully carved wooden turtle necklace on our last night together. We were told that sea turtles follow the Earth’s magnetic field to return to where they were born, and our hosts hoped that we would one day return to Costa Rica. In the following years, I felt that need to return “home” to Costa Rica 6 more times, where each time my spirits were lifted and my heart was filled with love beyond measure. It has been one of the richest blessings of my life.