22-year-old Costa Rican sparks vision for missions

by Nicole Leigh, posted Monday, July 29, 2019 (2 months ago)
Tags: missions

Luis shares the Gospel with Costa Rican youth, reflecting his vision for mobilizing the Costa Rican church to take the Gospel to unreached people group.
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COSTA RICA (BP) -- IMB missionaries Jeff and Lori Herrington met Costa Rican believer Luis when he took on a leadership role in their local church. Luis, like the biblical Timothy, had been deeply influenced by the faith of his grandmother and became a Christian when he was 11.

But it was in his post-high school years that 22-year-old Luis began to understand what it means to walk closely with the Lord and pursue Him in earnest.

Now, Luis attends seminary and is being discipled by the Herringtons while serving on their IMB team helping equip Costa Rican churches and training U.S. churches just getting started in international missions endeavors.

One of the Herringtons' greatest joys is seeing Luis grow in his passion for taking the Gospel to the lost.

Since learning about unreached, unengaged people groups around the world, Lori said Luis is "continually putting before his Costa Rican brothers and sisters the need to go to hard places so that all would have the opportunity to hear the truth, as well as considering the cost it could mean for him personally."

Luis' vision includes mobilizing Costa Ricans to engage in healthy missions involvement.

"We are so thankful for the partnership we have in the Gospel with Luis and look forward to seeing how God will use him in powerful ways for the Kingdom," Lori shared.

Gifts through the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering make it possible for the Herringtons to live in Costa Rica where they can partner with Luis to expand local believers' Gospel witness.

To learn more about outreach in the Americas, click here.

Nicole Leigh is a writer for the International Mission Board who lives with her family in Prague.
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