There are limitless ministry opportunities in Alajuelita. We encourage each mission team to consider their unique gifts, skills, and passions when planning their trip. We will work with team leaders to tailor the experience to each mission team. Listed below are just some of the ministry opportunities available:
Prayer Walks - One of the first things your team will be encouraged to do is participate in a prayer walk through central Alajuelita. This will provide your team with a feel for the culture as well as an understanding of how to get around the city. Our staff will lead the walk, stopping at points of interest along the way to allow the group to pray. Throughout the rest of the week, extended prayer walks can be very uplifting and inspirational to both the people of Alajuelita and your team.
Family Visits - Alajuelita is the one of the poorest counties in Costa Rica. Right outside the team house are some of the poorest of the poor. We coordinate distribution of food, medicines, and/or personal hygiene packets to these families through your team. Because of these visits we are able to encourage families to get involved in a thriving local church.
Children's Ministry - We will coordinate children’s ministry projects in local community centers, parks, and churches. Most of the children here are very affectionate and are hungry for personal love and attention that may not be awarded to them in their homes. They love games, crafts, and sports, and enjoy participating in Bible clubs and studies that include these elements.
Special Needs Orphanage - Over the past few months, the ministry has begun building a relationship with an orphanage that specifically takes in children with special needs, and now the orphanage has become one of our favorite places to visit. Your team can come and help the severely understaffed home by feeding, playing with, and loving on the children who live there.
Feeding Centers - We currently fund three feeding center locations in Alajuelita. We also conduct remote feedings by delivering meals into some of the more isolated communities. These feeding centers are hosted in local churches but directed and funded by 6:8 Ministries. Our hope is that these feeding centers will help to strengthen local churches through providing an increased presence in the community. The feeding centers currently serve about 500 meals per week. Before each meal a short worship service and devotional is given to feed spiritually as well as physically. Your team can help prepare and serve the food that we distribute at one of our feeding centers multiple times during the week.
Elementary School Ministry - We have strong working relationships with several elementary schools in Alajuelita, and we can coordinate with the schools for your team to teach English and Bible lessons to the children in multiple classrooms through pre-planned lessons, activities, and games.
High School Ministry - Much like the elementary school ministry, we can coordinate a day for your group to hang out at one of the local high schools and help teach the students more conversational English through the use of Bible stories and other activities in the classroom.
Senior Center Ministry - We can schedule your team to visit one of our local retirement centers to dance, sing, and play with the senior citizens of Alajuelita who may never receive much care and attention from their own families.
Construction Projects - Everywhere we go in Alajuelita there is at least one opportunity for a construction project. Project possibilities include making home repairs, such as, painting, roofing concrete work and more. Depending on the size of the project, additional ministry cost may be required.
Medical Teams - Many of the people living in Alajuelita do not have access to medical care. In these areas there is a need for nurses, doctors, and dentists who are willing to provide medical oversight to these people. In addition to medical services, many are unable to buy the correct medications necessary to treat their specific needs. Your team can provide the help that they need by setting up a medical or dental clinic in one of the local churches for the week. The ministry will help you with the logistics of the clinic, and it can prove to be a very effective method of outreach for our local churches as well as an extremely beneficial ministry opportunity. One medical team was able to treat 700 patients in one week!