Costa Rica is known for being one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world and also for being one of the few to have no army (it was abolished in 1949). It is a modern society characterised by relativism and growing apathy towards the spiritual. Around 70% of Costa Ricans adhere to Roman Catholicism, although only around half are practicing; evangelical Christians make up around 15%.
The strong commitment of the ECU board, staff and supporters to a common vision for ministry has helped in recent years to integrate the various groups in different areas of the country.
ECU is aware that there are areas of the country that have not been reached after 31 years of ministry. They see their major challenge as encouraging students to go beyond simply meeting together, to looking outward and engaging more in evangelism and mission.
View from the inside
Edner Porras Rodriguez is General Secretary of ECU. He says of his ministry, ‘We have been called by Jesus and it is our privilege to continue to serve in this ministry in spite of daily challenges and being buffeted by constantly changing currents of academic thought - none of which actually produces grace, or the truth of the gospel.’
Edner is grounded in his ministry by two verses: ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Proverbs 4:23) and ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.’ (Proverbs 1:7)
- for students to develop commitment to the preaching of the word and to the discipling of other students;
- for ECU groups to be pioneered in new areas.