Honduras, Costa Rica
Spiritual Care Consultants (SCC) is a nonprofit ministry that strives to develop a person’s short-term and long-term spiritual care by acting as a vessel for Christ’s healing work. In other words, those who work with SCC desire to see the hearts and souls of hurting people healed, and they want this healing to be lifelong—not just a one-time event.
This is a desire that SCC, in collaboration with Shekinah Revival Ministries and the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, is taking beyond the borders of Michigan, beyond the borders of the United States, and into the Latin American countries of Honduras and Costa Rica.
In fact, since July 2015, Pastor Gale Kragt, co-founder of SCC, has traveled with Pastor Fred Gulker and Shekinah Revival Ministries to La Ceiba, Honduras, where they minister to the people of the church of Casa de Dios.
Prior to embarking on this endeavor, however, Pastor Kragt, had been talking with Pastor Wilford Dilbert, overseer of Casa de Dios, about SCC and how it desires to bring healing to people through a resource called the Heart of Healing.
Pastor Dilbert relayed to Pastor Kragt that what he and SCC have in the Heart of Healing, Honduras desperately needed. Determined to help fill this need, the Heart of Healing was translated into Spanish, and Pastor Kragt prepared to travel to Honduras with Shekinah Revival Ministries.
During that first trip to Honduras, the team saw first-hand the hurt that robbed Honduras, the incredible need for healing and restoration. So, the team trained 300 church leaders in the Heart of Healing.
However, eventually the team had to return to the States, and in order to see that the effects of healing in Honduras were long-term, the team, with the help of Skype, started training Calixta Rosa Connor and Azizi Hernandez to oversee the spiritual care program in Honduras.
Since that first trip, the team has put their hearts and souls into bringing healing, in turn, to the hearts and souls of the people of this nation. Now, Casa de Dios is connected to a network of over 50 churches that are spread out over seven of the 18 departments of Honduras, thus greatly impacting the nation with the message of health and healing.
Similarly, In November of 2016, Pastor Kragt and the other SCC co-founder, Troy Carlson, MD, were invited by the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings to San Jose, Costa Rica as a part of a medical missionary team led by Jim Spindler,MD. The medical team settled in La Carpio, and the SCC team spread out to Triasses and Pavas: three major slum areas in Costa Rica.
Oftentimes, when people think of Costa Rica, they think of a good time; they think of vacation resorts by the beach, and they apply this misconception of Costa Rica to the entire country and its people, imagining a wealthy, prosperous place.
That’s simply not the case.
When people think of Costa Rica, they often fail to think of the slums—the extreme poverty, the relocated Nicaraguan refugees living on a landfill in a squatter’s camp, the gangs, the drug and alcohol abuse, the human trafficking, and a host of other problems.
And these problems affect not only the physical wellbeing of the people of Costa Rica, but they also affect their mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. In a country that lacks the resources to get better, the damaging effects of these circumstances can be detrimental.
As a result, the job of the SCC team was to train and equip over 200 leaders with the Heart of Healing, the same resource used to minister to the people of Honduras.
There, the team ministered and brought healing to Costa Rica’s people, including the local leaders, training them to bring healing to their own people.
We Need Your Support
With the help of your funding and prayer, SCC can keep training local pastors and lay leaders in in the slums, carrying out the healing effort to all of Costa Rica. Not only that, but your help will allow SCC and the Shekinah team to continue being a conduit for God’s healing in Honduras.
Money donated will be used to fund the translation of materials from English to Spanish; the reproduction of materials; the support of local program leaders; travel and food expenses; and training and local administrative costs.
SCC would like to thank those who have donated and prayed. Such efforts helped to make past mission trips successful.
If the Lord leads you to donate, click on the link below.
For those who wish to donate in person or by mail, make checks payable to Spiritual Care Consultants and write “missions” in the memo line.
Thank you for your prayer and consideration.
“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalm 2:8, NIV).