Meet the staff in Costa Rica at Faithful Servant Missions 


campus director

Larry Morris

Larry and his wife Meg and three children moved to Costa Rica in early 2017 to serve as missionaries. Specifically, Larry is filling a very important role at the mission known as Campus Director. Larry is responsible for all of the activities at the mission campus. This includes a full time educational support program, a full array of ministry activities and a variety of community programs. There are currently seven professional staff, six support staff, one full time missionary and many short term mission teams throughout the year.

To make a donation in support of the Morris Family's mission by check, please send it to FSM – P.O. Box 50316, Jacksonville Beach FL 32240

To make an online donation (one-time or recurring) please click HERE


 

Education staff
 

JENNY MENDEZ

Jenny is the head teacher of secondary education at the mission and works primarily with students in colegio, which is 7th thru 11th grade. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics for Secondary Education. Jenny consistently works with the high school students to study for exams and work on homework assignments in math and science. All six of our students currently enrolled in university classes have said that they wouldn’t have made it to university without the countless hours Jenny put in to help them pass exams in high school. Jenny has worked at the mission since August of 2009. She knows the families very well after working with the community for five years.

Laura Mendez Campos

Laura is the head teacher of primary education at the mission and works primarily with students in escuela, which is kindergarten thru 6th grade. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Laura began working at the mission in August of 2008, which is the year the mission opened. In early 2013, Laura left the mission to pursue personal projects, but returned in February of 2014. We are very fortunate to have her back. She knows the children and famillies of Bajo Tejares so well and is highly trusted and respected within the community. Laura has a gentle heart and incredible patience.

Vinicio Sancho Chinchilla

Vinicio is our teacher’s assistant and primarily maintains the reading room. He began working at the mission in May 2013. He has gotten to know the children well and serves as a great male role model for them in a community where many children lack father figures. Vinicio has a quiet and calm demeanor which suits the reading room well, but he also enjoys playing outside with the children.

Jafeth Nunez Blanco

Jafeth is our recreation director. He began working at the mission in March of 2013. In his first year, his sole function was maintaining the safety of the children and teenagers while outside on the playground. In 2014, Jafeth also took over the preschool program and now splits his time between the playground and working with the preschoolers. He is particularly good at working with small children and they all love him.


Ministry staff
 

KATHLEEN COUGHLIn - missionary

Kathleen first came to the mission in April 2014 and she has been hooked ever since! She is currently serving as a full-time missionary in Costa Rica. If you’ve been to the mission, you have seen her at work coordinating the mission teams and interpreting. She also works extensively with the ministries, with a love for working with the community of Bajo Tejares. While at the mission, she has started a volleyball team for young girls, worked to help re-vamp the music ministry, and has devoted much of her time to building relationships and counseling teen girls. She earned a degree in Spanish from the University of North Florida and when she’s not in Costa Rica, she calls Gainesville, Florida her home.

To make a donation in support of Kathleen’s mission by check, please send it to FSM – P.O. Box 50316, Jacksonville Beach FL 32240

To make an online donation (one-time or recurring) please click HERE


Administration
 

LIGIA MORERA

Ligia is our administrator at the mission who keeps everything from mission teams to community activities to daily life at the mission running smoothly. She comes to us from uVolunteer and has significant experience coordinating volunteers from all over the world to work in service projects in Costa Rica, with an extensive history of working specifically in Bajo Tejares. It has been on her heart to work more closely with the people of Bajo Tejares and we are excited to give her that opportunity as a member of our FSM team! She began working at the mission in July of 2014 and is a great asset to the team.

Natasha Sandino

Natasha is our full-time social worker at the mission. She started working with us in early 2016 and is already a huge asset to our team. Natasha has been working hard setting up classes and events for the community by partnering with existing organizations and government programs. We are excited by all she has already accomplished for the people of Bajo Tejares!


Support Staff
 

PABEL ROJAS ROJAS

Pabel is our facilities and maintenance manager. He began working at the mission in November of 2007 when it was merely a construction site well before doors ever opened. This makes Pabel our most tenured employee! There is nothing that Pabel can’t fix around the mission and beyond. If you’ve ever done a construction project in Bajo Tejares, Pabel has likely overseen it and made sure things run smoothly. We don’t know what we would do without him!

Security Guards

We have four full-time security guards that help keep the mission safe ad secure 24 hours a day. In many ways, our guards are the face of the mission as they are the first staff members encountered whenever anyone comes onto the property. Their smiling faces and cheerful attitudes are very welcoming. During the weekdays, they are responsible for checking children into and out of the mission. They do the same for ministry groups that meet in the evenings.

MAURICIO ROSALES

Mauricio started working at the mission in December of 2008. He is a joyful person and always has a positive attitude. Mauricio has a son who is active at the mission in our programming.

Steven Alvarez

Steven started working at the mission in July of 2013. He is very quiet, but very friendly when you take the chance to stop and talk to him. Like Mauricio, Steven also has children involved at the mission.

Ronald Cruz

Ronald started at the mission as a guard in March of 2010. Prior to working at the mission, Ronald was one of our first volunteers who helped get the education programs up and running. He has known the children for years and watched them grow up quite a bit since the mission opened in 2008. Ronald always makes himself available to lend a helping hand if you need it.

Dirimo Vargas

Dirimo started at the mission in 2018. He is a very committed person that is always willing to go the extra mile. He keeps us safe during the nights alongside his best friend Bronco, our guard dog.