Jon & Jennifer

Dahlager

Jonathan, Joshua, Julia


Serving in Costa Rica, Latin America Caribbean


Account #2505238

Apartado 509-2010 Zapote
San José, Costa Rica
Central America

We have served in Costa Rica since the year 2000, and the theme of our ministry is "Raising up the next generation of men and women of God in Costa Rica to touch the world."

Over the years we have come to see ourselves as strategic investors, identifying unreached or underserved segments of Costa Rican society and investing in men and women that God is calling to reach those areas. This has turned into several major areas of service:

1. Ministry Training. We are the directors of the central Theological Seminary, or Bible School, in San José. With 150 students on the main campus and 1,100 on extension sites, we teach, preach, counsel and mentor the next generation of pastors, teachers, missionaries, evangelists and marketplace Christians. Jon also teaches and helps lead several international undergraduate and graduate-level education ministries, helping the Assemblies of God leadership in the 20 Latin American Spanish-speaking countries to better prepare those that God is calling.

2. Pastors’ Kids. Since the beginning of our ministry we have worked closely with the children and families of national pastors, first in Costa Rica and now internationally. Sometimes called “the black sheep of the church,” PKs have unique advantages and challenges, and it has been our joy to be Uncle Jon and Aunt Jennifer to hundreds over the years and support them as they grow into what God has called them to be. 

3. Church planting. We have helped with the launch and mentoring of several new churches, most recently Emaus Community, a project led by several of our millenial Bible School students who work in and reach out to the artistic community in San Jose. 

4. Cabecar indigenous outreach. One of the most underserved and desperate segments of the Costa Rican people are the indigenous populations, who often live in the remote mountain regions and practice subsistence farming, bound in superstition and manipulated by external forces. For over eight years we have participated in a ministry that has built a church and brought holistic ministry to a whole region that had previously had no gospel witness.

Thank you for being such an integral part of our ministry, providing us with the necessary tools to reach Costa Rica for Christ!

Blessings and thanks for the visit!

Jon, Jennifer, Jonathan, Joshua and Julia Dahlager

Your missionaries in Costa Rica



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Lecture #3 of the 2022 J Phillip Hogan missiology lectureship series at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary @Evangel University in Springfield, MO. October 13, 2022. The series is called "Latin America's Next Generation," and is built on the theme that although the indigneous national church has been established in the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, national church leaders keep asking for missionary help in certain strategic areas, including investing in the second generation. In this lecture I mention major areas of cultural change in LAC, missional priorities, and how we can help young leaders face important tensions in the latin context. @Assemblies of God World Missions Lecture notes available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3mzc88xyw5y1l8t/Tensions%20in%20the%20ministry.docx?dl=0
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Lecture #2 of the 2022 J Phillip Hogan missiology lectureship series at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary @Evangel University in Springfield, MO. October 13, 2022. The series is called "Latin America's Next Generation," and is built on the theme that although the national church is established in the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, the national church leaders keep asking for missionary help in certain strategic areas, including investing in the second generation. @Assemblies of God World Missions
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Lecture #1 of the 2022 J Phillip Hogan missiology lectureship series at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary @Evangel University in Springfield, MO. October 11, 2022. The series is called "Latin America's Next Generation," and is built on the theme that although the national church is established in the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, the national church leaders keep asking for missionary help in certain strategic areas, including investing in the second generation. @Assemblies of God World Missions
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It is our joy to invest our lives in the next generation of men and women of God in Costa Rica. Here is a short video describing a bit of what that looks like.
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Missionary thank-you video from Jon and Jennifer Dahlager in Costa Rica with Assemblies of God World Missions. For more information see www.Dahlager.org. #agmd #lacworldmissions
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National Training Auditorium sound

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As directors of the Seminary in San José we are finishing the construction of our national training auditorium, used for all of our national training events, including youth/ children/ university ministries, evangelism, church planting, missions, and pastoral training events. Last major remaining pice of the project is sound installation, $25,000.

Media studio for Bible College

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Setup of studio for recording and production of video and audio content for evangelism and discipleship, online classes, AG national communications, and NextGen ministries.

3 Classrooms set up for Hybrid/Online classes

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We need to equip three classrooms at the Bible College with technology to handle hybrid in-person and online undergraduate and graduate classes, with front and rear cameras, host computers, audio mixing and multiple microphones. $5,000 per classroom