Longtime mission workers Ruth and Jim Padilla DeBorst areĀ living and serving in San Jose, Costa Rica, after having pursued advanced studies in Boston University’s School of Theology (Ruth) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (Jim).

Ruth is a leader in a variety of regional ministries: the Latin America Theological Fellowship, Editiones Certeza Unida (the book publishing wing of IFES Latin America), the Institute for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education, and Seeds of New Creation (El Salvador — a reconciliation ministry). She was a keynote speaker at Lausanne 2010, a world evangelization congress held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Jim teaches international development courses, most recently for the Dordt College program in Nicaragua. He also works with the Transformation Networks reconciliation program of Christian Reformed World Missions, with the Casa Adobe community development ministry, and with local community organizers. He also supports the work of the Institute for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education. Jim grew up in Grand Rapids and Ruth in Argentina.


The Padilla DeBorst family

Mailing address:
Apartado Postal 349-1002
San Jose, Costa Rica
Central America
rpadilladeborst@gmail.com