Adventist chaplaincy branching out in Costa Rica

From Adventist Review:

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s South Central American Union Mission (SCAU), which oversees churches and institutions across Costa Rica and Nicaragua, recently gathered a group of pastors and professionals to take part in the first segment of a clinical pastoral education program in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Overseen by the Adventist world church’s Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) through the Adventist Chaplaincy Institute, the program requires four segments, or units, of 400 hours each, to qualify professionals so they can provide pastoral care and nurture to persons regardless of their faith.

“There’s an alarming need for qualified individuals to be able to carry out the delicate work of chaplaincy,” said SCAU president Wilfredo Ruiz. “We are very grateful for the investment made so that these individuals can be a strong team of chaplains in our territory.”

The training, which involved instructional and practical sessions for five weeks starting in January 2019, included visits to the church’s school campuses and visitation to dozens of inmates at a correctional facility in Alajuela.

Read more at Adventist Review.