Pancake breakfast to benefit upcoming CRASH Costa Rica mission trip

Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be hosting its final Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser of the season on Sunday, July 15, from 8 to 11 a.m. The $7 donation paid by attendees will benefit the CRASH Youth Ministry’s trip to Costa Rica from July 31 to Aug. 13.

High-schoolers from CRASH are partnering with the United Methodist Organization in Ciudad Quesada to build structurally-secure houses for residents in El Mirador, Costa Rica, who currently live in unstable homes without walls, and some still with dirt floors.

“We will also have a Vacation Bible School with the children there, besides the building projects,” said Youth Director Christina Wilson. “The first day, we’ll start with 20 children... and by the end of the week, we can have 100 children.”

The CRASH participants will lead the local children in crafts, games and skits, Wilson added.

CRASH Youth Ministry has also held a variety show and is still selling “stock certificates” to raise money for the mission trip. The stocks cost $25 per share.

With that investment, community members are invited to attend a dinner in Mariner’s social hall to learn about the trip. The dinner will feature Costa Rican cuisine that the CRASH students ate during the trip. The hall will be decorated with a Costa Rican flair as well.

In addition to fundraising, the high-schoolers attending the trip are required to contribute for their participation.

“Each participant is responsible to raise $1,500 for their trip, which includes lodging, airfare, other transportation and meals,” Wilson said.

CRASH stands for Creating Revolution And Saving Hearts. The youth ministry welcomes individuals between sixth grade and 12th grade for the weekly meetings on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. Youth ministry activities include mission trips, work camp, volunteering at homeless shelters, Bible study and more.

For more information about CRASH or how to join, contact Christina Wilson at

By Ally Lanasa
Point Intern