Putting Action Behind Passion in Costa RicaNov. 30, 2018
By Ally Peters & Claire Garza
Hannah Neel, a 2018 Baylor Business graduate, began her journey in August 2018 with World Race, a mission trip that travels to 11 countries over 11 months. Neel’s time within the Baylor community, as well as her degree in International Business and Entrepreneurship, has prepared her to fulfill the purpose of the mission trip according to the World Race website —"to share the love of Jesus and serve others around the world.”
After spending her first month in Panama, Neel traveled to Costa Rica in September. Her team primarily served in the city of Jacó, a city Neel said is known as a “Modern Day Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Partnering with Ocean’s Edge Ministry, Neel and her team started the #WEARE611 campaign, a reference to the 611 zip code that encompasses Jacó. The goal of the campaign is “to change the outside perception of Jacó to attract a different crowd of tourists and make Jacó a town that shines so brightly for Jesus,” said Neel.
Campaign projects included picking up trash at a popular surf competition, constructing a new park in one of the poorer neighborhoods in the 611 area, and developing a business seminar to help and encourage local owners to create a vision for their business.
Neel has been able to see how her Baylor Business degree has equipped her to serve the city of Jacó. From her time at Baylor, Neel said that she learned how to put action behind passion.
“I was able to work with the head of Ocean’s Edge Ministry to come up with so many ideas on how to grow the campaign not just while I was there but continuing after I left. We were able to work together to refine the vision for the movement and push to get things done rather than just throw around ideas and hypotheticals,” said Neel.
Since Neel’s time in Costa Rica, she traveled to Nicaragua during the month of October and Honduras in November. Her next stop will be in Malawi, Africa.
Neel said the Baylor community can keep up with her journey by following her blog and offering support through continual prayer and encouragement.