What satisfaction we felt as we returned to our field of labor in Costa Rica! After spending a three-month furlough in the States, driving several thousand miles, and dealing with the most severe winter the South has experienced in several years, we are enjoying the warmth of Costa Rica´s climate and her people!
This past Sunday, we celebrated the 26th anniversary of Calvary Baptist Church in San Ramon. After preaching the morning message, we saw one young man saved and five new believers baptized!
Our thirty-two years of ministry in Costa Rica can be divided into four sections:
1978-1980 — learning Spanish at the language institute and working with veteran missionary Freddie Crowe as he established the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Heredia.
1981-1985 — moving to Limon on the Caribbean coast and founding Los Corales Baptist Church; this church is now pastored by Juan Jose Vargas and has begun a new church in Girasoles, a village south of Limon.
1985-2010 — moving to San Ramon and founding Calvary Baptist Church; this church has four daughter churches in Bolivar, Concepcion, Atenas, and Tejares; they also support thirteen missionary families who have started sixteen more churches; this church continues to abound in the work of the Lord with a new pastor, Jonathan White, and a great team of workers.
2011 – ? — Lynn and I are evangelizing a new area two hours north of San Ramon; this area includes a number of towns and villages such as La Fortuna, El Tanque, Guatuso, Florencia, and Monterrey. Our desire is to see churches established in all of these population centers.
Thank you for helping us in the ministry through your prayers and financial support! We want to reach many souls for Christ before He returns! We have the message that can satisfy the spiritual need in the hearts of men! Thank God for the opportunity!
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner