After the Apostle Paul had finished three missionary journeys in Asia Minor, Galatia, Macedonia, and Achaia, using Antioch as his sending church—he wrote to the Roman church and told them of his plans to go to Spain with the gospel (Romans 15:24). He also stated that he hoped the church in Rome would serve as his sending church for this new endeavor to carry the gospel to the westernmost reaches of the Roman empire.
Why the history lesson? God is opening a new chapter in our lives as well. We have spent 32 years in Costa Rica, first in the Caribbean coastal area of Limon, and then in the mountain highlands of San Ramon. God has allowed us to build two well-grounded, self-supporting churches in large cities, and five mission churches in outlying villages.
Lynn and I are now planning to direct our efforts toward a new area in northern Costa Rica with soulwinning, discipling, and church planting. We will also be more involved in conference speaking among Latin American churches. We are excited to see national leadership step up and take responsibility for existing ministries, thus allowing us to begin new ministries. All of this is with the ever-important aim of bringing the news of salvation to the unreached, and growing new believers in the faith.
You, as a prayer partner or financial supporter, have played an important part in our ministry to the Hispanic world. God, our Father, has used you to help us in getting the gospel to thousands of people in need of spiritual help.
Thank you for your sincere prayers, your financial support, and your friendship and love toward us. You have granted us the privilege to be your missionaries in Central America!
Every sacrifice that you or we may make will be greatly rewarded when we stand before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Let us be faithful in our tasks until Jesus comes!
Again, let me encourage you to send us an email address if you are receiving a hard copy of this letter. Snail mail from Costa Rica to the USA still takes about 15 days!
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner