The Latin American Biblical University (UBL) in Costa Rica is a leading center for theological education across the Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1923, UBL carries out its mission of providing opportunities for theological education within 14 countries spanning two continents. Since their founding, UBL has continued to carry out its unique work while also empowering social movements and working in communities to build peaceful and just societies, all informed from perspectives of faith and praxis.Read more
Compañero soy de todos los que te temen y guardan tus mandamientos. Salmo 119:63
La Universidad Biblica de Latinoamérica (UBL) fue mi hogar durante tres meses como voluntaria temprano este año. La universidad es una luz brillando para estudiantes protestantes quienes exploran perspectivas de la Biblia innovadoras y retadoras. En medio de las tendencias conservadoras en las iglesias por toda América Latina, los estudiantes de UBL son retados a re-encontrarse con las buenas nuevas del evangelio.Read more
I’m a friend to everyone who honors you, O God, and to all who keep your precepts. Psalm 119:63 CEB
The Latin America Biblical University (UBL) was my home for three months as a volunteer earlier this year. The University is a shining light for Protestant students to explore innovative and challenging perspectives of the Bible. In the midst of conservative tendencies in churches throughout Latin America, students at UBL are challenged to re-encounter the Good News of the Gospel.Read more
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The Latin America Biblical University (Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana, “UBL”) was an exciting place for me to volunteer. It is a shining light for Protestant students in Latin America to explore new ways to approach studying the Bible with an innovative and challenging perspective. It also attracts Protestant church groups from the US. In the midst of conservative tendencies in churches throughout Latin America, students at UBL are being challenged to re-encounter the Good News of the Gospel with renewed eyes.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Acts 2:42–47
Prayers for Costa Rica:
God of the howler monkey, quetzal, and mighty fig strangler tree, loving Lord of the orphan, coffee bean picker, child prostitute, dairy farmer, politician, priest and cab driver, your creation is so vast and diverse. Costa Rica is but a small part of your world and yet it contains an incredible amount of diversity. Perhaps this country and within it the area of Monteverde are ecological glimpses to your amazing creativity and capacity for abundance. Thank you for the 400 species of orchids within the 2500 species of plants in Monteverde. We are grateful for the incredible web of life that is evident in the 400 species of birds, 100 species of mammals and tens of thousands of species of insects. We recognize that even the thousands of miles that separate us from the creatures and people in Costa Rica that somehow we are connected through your grace. Like the dependency of the hummingbird on the flower for food and the flower on the hummingbird for pollination we depend on Your love, our fellow humans and our delicate ecosystem. Your bent toward human and biological diversity cannot be contained or stifled, only forgotten. God help us to remember. Help us remember that each of us has a unique place in Your Realm. That you have the capacity to love each of us into wholeness, into not only the fullness of our individual lives, but You have the capacity to love us back into community. Help us remember that we are made for relationship beyond our immediate families. May we remember that we are uniquely called into community as members not only of our town, but also the whole of humanity, and beyond that all of your splendid creation. In the name of the ever expanding love of Christ we pray. Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Costa Rica:
Our children are not official Global Ministries volunteers. One of them is a ten year old girl who along with our seven year old boy likes to climb trees and knows the difference between the call of a Bell Bird, Toucan, Clay Colored Robin, and Quetzal. They know what fruits they can eat from the trees here and they know that their family is serving somehow. They have met and fallen for the parentless children at Fundacion Mi Tia, they have shared snacks with recovering addicts and shot hoops with Ticos who have been sober for merely days. Our children have planted trees to replace the old growth life bearers clear cut decades before, onions and carrots in fields near their classrooms. Our children seek to understand in a culture they don’t understand in a language they are grasping more quickly than their parents. They have been scared by earthquakes and thunderstorms, demoralized by days and days of rain. They have loved street dogs only to see them attacked by other bigger dogs or mysteriously disappear one day. They walk a mile and a half to our Quaker church and eat grapes for communion with the Disciple community here. One of them brings gifts to people in the class each week and challenges me every time I even threaten a distracting moth or fly at bedtime. The other child has created a fundraising event to support the Three Wattled Bell Bird habitat that is quickly disappearing in this country.
They know something of God. I don’t know what it is exactly, but they know with their whole being. We know that being Global Ministries Volunteers is not really about us but about those communities we serve in so many ways. And yet here we are transformed. My children will never be the same. We will never be the same. Through the support of Global Ministries, Heart of The Rockies Christian Church and our Costa Rican Partners we are continually transformed through this ministry into bearers of hope, light and love. Thank you on behalf of San Jose, Monteverde and Fort Collins. Thank you on behalf of our partners as well as the Cloud Forest School and Monteverde Friends Meeting. And finally thank you from Team Hardin-Nieri, our lives have been changed forever by an incredibly diverse and loving God. May you experience this God as well in your church and community.
Mission Partners in Costa Rica:
- Asociacion Centro Materno Infantil "Mi Tia"
- Iglesia Evangelica Presbiteriana Costarricense (IEPC)
- Universidad Biblica Latino Americana
More information on Costa Rica:
Global Ministries Missionary in Costa Rica:
Rebecca Hardin- Neiri is a member of Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ft. Collins, Colorado, and serves with the Quaker Community in Costa Rica as a volunteer at the Monteverde Friends Meeting.
Scott Hardin-Neiri is a member of Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ft. Collins, Colorado, and serves with the Quaker Community in Costa Rica as a volunteer at the Monteverde Friends Meeting.
It’s come down to this. If we can’t read it, see it or understand it in the brief time it takes to go to the restroom, then they’ve lost us. It’s all around me, our world is now a list of lists: 28 things not to feed your kids, 10 things you must do before you die, 50 ways to leave your lover. The craziness and chaos that is now what we call life has been boiled down and dumbed down to fit into our “busy” schedules. Heck, we can’t even type entire words anymore! LOLRead more
The first grade class was walking down one of the many paths on the 106 acre campus at the Cloud Forest School. Passing between grassy fields and countless tropical trees of varying heights, Milton, the environmental stewardship professor, shared bits of manna to the students as they walked.Read more