The Refuge launched in Costa Rica in 2016. After training under a partner ministry here in the country and spending the first year walking with the ladies through real crises, we gained a clear vision of how God could use our gifts best.
Our program is wholistic in that we focus on the whole woman, not just her present circumstances. Our goal is to bring the woman in with a goal of seeing the entire family restored.
How do we do this?
Our program is more than just pregnancy counseling. We counsel each woman to through restoration within herself, in her relationship with the Lord, and in her relationships with others. Once she is able to recognize her need, we help her navigate the seemingly overwhelming task of making a plan to move forward in restoration of those relationships. This involves a change of heart, mindset, and for many even learning new skills to obtain dignified employment. Our commitment to them must be and is long-term.
Through our approach, many families have chosen life for their unborn. Many have chosen to leave a life of destruction in the slum. Many have restored relationships with loved ones. The Refuge, a safe haven, a place of protection in the storm. That is just what we are for so many, and we would be honored to partner with you in our vision.
How does the program work?
Our program lasts for 1 year of pregnancy and 1 year after the baby is born. Each woman is expected to be on time for their appointment, memorize a weekly scripture verse, complete devotions, attend church, and more. For successfully completing these tasks, they “earn” points, and with those points they may “buy” supplies, baby clothes, diapers, food, and more from The Boutique. Also, there are monthly Bible studies and yearly events the ladies are encouraged to attend. Their attendance earns them points as well.
Once a lady graduates, many return to serve as volunteers for the other women. Also all graduates are still invited to the monthly bible study/discipleship courses.
Our mission is acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, The Refuge offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through our life-affirming program.