Marvin was appointed with Missions Door in 2008 serving as a missionary in Costa Rica. Marvin is trained in church planting and leadership development, and pastors the Paso Canoas church where they live. He also works with indigenous people groups in several mountain locations along the border. While planting churches near the boarder of Costa Rica and Panama, Marvin and Viélka met Missions Door missionaries Luis and Azucena Matute, who serve in Panama. After being introduced to and appointed with Missions Door, Marvin began serving under the leadership of Luis.
Marvin accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 16 and immediately began serving in his church. After a year of discipleship, he spent another year training in evangelism in David, Panama. It was in Panama where he met Viélka, who accepted the Lord at age 20. She was baptized there and committed her life to full-time ministry. After getting married, Marvin and Viélka spent eight years serving with their church in San Jose, Costa Rica before moving to Paso Canoas.
Marvin and Viélka were married in 1994 and have two children, Geral Jafet born in 1998 and Kristhal Yamili born in 2003.
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For tourists and refugees alike, a peaceful nation provides a welcome sanctuary
Often called the “Switzerland of the Americas,” Costa Rica is a prosperous and peaceful country, settled in the thin stretch of land connecting Central and South America.
Though small, the country features an incredible variety of geography, ranging from misty cloud forests to smoldering volcanoes to pristine beaches. It provides habitats for animals as unique as three-toed sloths, tree frogs and green sea turtles.
While tourists flock to the sites and relaxed Caribbean atmosphere, thousands of refugees are drawn to Costa Rica from other Latin American countries as they seek safe haven from poverty and violence.
Costa Ricans primarily earn income from tourism, manufacturing and agriculture, though many still live in poverty. In keeping with their family-friendly culture and love of celebration, nearly all communities have a central gathering place such as a town plaza or a grassy square that doubles as a soccer field.
Your participation with Missions Door helps to plant and strengthen churches and develop Christian leaders in Costa Rica.
Beyond its literal meaning of “pure life,” Costa Ricans use the phrase pura vida as a greeting and general expression of gratitude for the goodness of life.
Although the constitution of Costa Rica establishes Catholicism as the official state religion, it also assures religious freedom for all faiths.
Population: 4 million
Major Religions: 71% Catholic, 14% Protestant, 11% nonreligious
Poverty: 19% urban, 30% rural
Ministry service area:
, Costa Rica