Mission Experiences

6:8 Ministries has been hosting mission teams in Costa Rica since 2006. During this time God has allowed us to host hundreds of mission teams. These mission teams have primarily worked in Alajuelita, which is the poorest county (per capita) in all of Costa Rica.

Alajuelita is a low-income, urban district of San Jose, the nation's capital and the largest city in Costa Rica. Due to this, Alajuelita has many of the same challenges as low income, urban environments in the United States. According to the last census, the population of legal residents in Alajuelita is roughly 78,000, while the total population of residents is estimated to be around 200,000.
Unemployment is a staggering 65%, and only 49% will graduate from high school. Drug and alcohol abuse are common and contribute to many social problems. Prostitution is legal in Costa Rica, and many of the women in Alajuelita work as prostitutes, which is often the family's only source of income.

In spite of all of these social and spiritual challenges, we love the people, and we are committed to shining the light of Jesus Christ into this darkness. We strive to accomplish this through hosting short-term mission teams and other ongoing local ministries, such as feeding centers and bible clubs for children.