VALUE OF SHREWDNESS! I write on our value of shrewdness to describe a Christian shrewdness which is not negative, but positive and promotes God’s new Day. Hearts and Hands for Jesus is shrewd in the sense that we are frugal and invest our assets wisely to prosper our way through difficult circumstances. This is a point of Jesus’ parable of the Shrewd Steward (Luke 16: 1-8). Jesus knew we must be “street smart” to make it through this earthly life and that we must use our context to promote the gospel. Hearts and Hands for Jesus must be astute to the context in which we minister in Limon. With God’s guidance we use the system in which we live to promote agape love. This is why St. Paul took advantage of his Roman citizenship to have his day in court, when he was arrested, and to plead his case before the authorities. Eventually, Paul was allowed to appear before the Emperor in Rome and used this platform to promote the gospel around the world! This is Christian shrewdness used for good. But Jesus clearly teaches we must maintain a pure heart: “Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10: 16) I have clearly seen this combination of Christian values in the ministry of Sally Jane and Crosby Johnson in Limon, Costa Rica. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.” (Matthew 24: 45-47) Wouldn’t you support the mission of Hearts and Hands for Jesus and help Crosby and Sally Jane Johnson to “give them their food at the proper time” in Limon, Costa Rica? You will be partnering with faithful and wise servants to receive all the blessings and promises of God. Rev. Austin L. Chinault, II
"I believe in the ministry of Sally Jane and Crosby Johnson at Harvest Tabernacle Church in Limon, Costa Rica, because I have been there and seen the work they do. I support the ministry of co-pastor, Brother Herbert, because I have worked with him side by side and know the goodness of his heart. These people are called and commissioned by God to bring hope, faith, food, shelter and spiritual power to the “poorest of the poor” in Limon. They are dedicated disciples who labor sacrificially in the vineyard where God has placed them. It is my honor to support them as much as I am able to prosper the mission of the gospel in the world." - Rev. Austin L. Chinault, II
Why have we chosen to partner with Hearts and Hands for Jesus? “We met Crosby and Sally Johnson over 25 years ago when we were Missionaries serving in Costa Rica. In addition to considering them as good friends, we have seen their love and their tireless dedication to serve the people of Limon, Costa Rica. We have witnessed firsthand their own personal sacrifices to help meet the spiritual as well as the physical needs of the community that they serve. Sally is a great communicator with all those who pray for and support Hearts and Hands for Jesus. Crosby is a quiet, yet strong, backbone who selflessly and tirelessly works behind the scenes to love and serve the people and helps to make sure the jobs get done. Together Crosby and Sally have consistently, over the years, shown themselves to be an effective ministry team. The Johnson’s transparency about not only the ministry’s needs, but how and where Hearts and Handsfor Jesus employs and directs their resources makes them good, fertile ground in which to sow seed for the Kingdom of God. Heart’s and Hands for Jesus truly represents the Hearts and Hands of Jesus reaching out to the world around us." - Robert and Vicki Bush, Founders/Directors, Unreached Village Ministries, Int'l. 11/15/2020
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.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today we are more than thankful as a family to you, Hearts and Hands for Jesus, for your generous support as we have been blessed with time after time. We pray for God's Grace and provision to continue to multiply and to help others in many other parts of the Earth and His Kingdom. Also we pray for you Pastor Sally, President of this organization, and for everyone that are part of it. In Jesus name Amen. Sincerely, Darrington and Annie