High in the tropical mountains of Costa Rica, Bert Preston found a connection with the Guyami Indians she didn’t expect. When she first heard about Grand Parkway’s ministry in Costa Rica, she thought, “What would I have to give?” Bert waited another year.
“I kept having this feeling that I needed to go, and I didn’t know why.” The next time the opportunity came, she decided to go. After a three-and-a-half hour flight, six-hour bus ride, and two-hour hike, she soon found out. “Right away, I knew I connected with them,” Bert says.
In this village of about 150 people, illness, poverty, young marriage, and consulting with witch doctors are common. Being fluent in Spanish allowed Bert to effectively share the love of God with the Guyami Indians.
Bert has been on four trips to the village of Coopey Abajo, and the relationships she began there have continued to grow. “God has a purpose for this village,” she says. The Guyami who have become Christians have seen witch doctors fail to heal, yet healing has come as soon as they turned to the living God in prayer and fasting.
Last July she travelled from hut to hut befriending the women of the village, reading the Bible to them, praying with them, and handing out food. Many of the villagers are in need of basic necessities like rice and beans. “They were excited just to have food,” says Bert.
She has seen God at work as new Christians continue to be discipled and now regularly pray and fast. The village church typically has about 20 to 30 people in attendance. “It’s tiring, but it’s incredible to see the work that God is doing in the village as well as the work that He is doing in us.”