Heading out to Costa Rica!

Posted by: julio on December 6, 2010

Dear friends,

Ashley and I have some big news we want to share with you!

We are celebrating the arrival of Liam Cruz Gonzalez to the world! Liam was born on Thursday November 4th, 6 lbs 15 oz and 19” long. Both Liam and Ashley are doing great! We feel extremely blessed that God has entrusted us with two little boys to raise for His glory!

As we celebrate the birth of our second son, we are about to experience another major life change. We are moving to Costa Rica, Central America to plant a church in the capital city of San Jose.

We came to this decision after several months of praying and seeking advice from several key people. It was not an easy decision, since we are part of a great ministry and have a great life here in Atlanta.  But the more we explored this opportunity, the clearer we felt that God was leading us in this direction.

As many of you know, growing up in Venezuela, I began to develop a passion for the local church and it’s impact on Latin America at a very young age. In fact, it was through a small church in my hometown that my family’s life was transformed by the message of Jesus Christ.  From that point on, I have developed a passion to see God do big things through local churches in Latin America. The past couple of years, Ashley and I have had the privilege of working at North Point Community Church where we have served alongside of some incredible leaders.  Through our time at North Point we have learned much about creating churches for people who don’t like church! Although we love Atlanta and working in such a great organization at North Point Ministries, Ashley and I both feel like God has placed a new adventure on our hearts. Although there will be many new challenges, we feel called to trust God and take a step of faith to pursue the adventure He has placed before us. There is always a level of uncertainty with a new adventure, but we are more certain than ever that we are in the middle of God’s will for our family.

As we walk through this door to pursue our heart’s passion to plant a church in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica, Latin America is in a crucial time in its history. Traditionalism and legalism through the years have created a tainted view of Christianity in most countries in Latin America, including Costa Rica.  As I have traveled through Latin America over the last few years, I have learned that there is a new generation with a desire for a different kind of church and that is exactly what we want to accomplish.

Our vision is to create a church focused on reaching the new generations of unchurched people in San Jose Costa Rica. By planting a vibrant and relevant church, we dream that eventually we can serve as a catalyst of change and influence other churches in the region.

Here is why we are writing you – as you can see this is a huge task. This is way bigger than Ashley and I. If you are reading this letter, you have in some way, whether big or small, made an impact on our family.  You are a part of our lives and we want to invite you to partner with us in planting a church in Costa Rica. We cannot do this alone!

We ask that you would consider joining with us in praying faithfully, walking with us during this new journey, and helping us financially until the church can support itself. At this time, we are raising support for the next two years because we believe that is what it will take for the church to sustain itself.

Please visit our website www.julioandashley.com for more information and to learn how you can be a part of a small group of friends who believe in Ashley and I and most importantly in the vision of creating churches to reach unchurched people in Latin America!

With a grateful heart,

Julio and Ashley Gonzalez