THANK YOU FOR SHOWING INTEREST IN COSTA RICA. WE ARE THE PÉREZ FAMILY, BOB, MICHELE, SILLA, AND IZZY. HAVING SERVED FOR 15 YEARS AS ASSEMBLIES OF GOD MISSIONARIES, WE CONTINUE TO COUNT THIS OPPORTUNITY OF SERVING YOU AND GOD AN AMAZING PRIVILEGE.
Let me tell you a bit about us. We began as missionaries (2005) in Santiago, Chile where Bob served as an itinerate evangelist and comprised part of the church planting steering group committee. Michele worked part-time at a government run orphanage working with adolescent girls.
In 2010, we were transferred to Costa Rica. There, Bob was elected the Presbyter of the Atlantic Coast. He led transformation efforts in a section of the country that has been stagnant for nearly 25 years with no progress. Bob also led efforts to introduce a “Church Health Initiative” for which he was the national director. He continues to lead transformation efforts in the East coast region and is currently serving another term as Presbyter/Overseer for churches in that same region. As of 2018, he obtained his doctorate in business administration, and his thesis work specialized on the impact female legislators have in government as it relates to addressing the issue of human trafficking.
Michele was a counselor and integral member of a local NGO focused on the rescue and restoration of women and girls in the commercial sex industry; both voluntary (prostitution) and involuntary (human trafficking). In collaboration with the government and other local law enforcement agencies, she was the first face that a victim would see when discovered during organized sting operations. Beginning in 2015, we began constructing a 90-person shelter for victims of human trafficking and those female individuals in Costa Rica who have been sexually exploited for financial gain, but due to ethical issues within the leadership at said NGO, we had to make the hard decision to separate away from both the shelter project and the NGO. Michele continues to minister in ladies events, with youth, and she accompanies her husband in his role as Presbyter.
Would you please pray for us as we seek to Give Girls Back their Childhood and Give Communities Churches with Purpose.