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Javier Vargas

Javier Vargas and Alina Jimenez volunteer at YWAM (Youth With A Mission) an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus Christ personally to this generation, to mobilize as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission.  You can find more about YWAM Heredia, Costa Rica at their website: http://ywamheredia.com/

Interview and translation by Kristine Kardell

April 2013

Peace, of course, is the absence of war, but the roots of peace go beyond that. When I think of peace, things like liberty, tranquility, security, and respecting others rights all come to mind. It’s because of these underlying themes of peace that peace starts in the community and radiates outward. A peaceful community can impact their area, province, country or region if they start by working for peace right at home.

Youth with a Mission (YWAM) or Juventud con una Misión in Heredia, Costa Rica is part of the larger global network of Youth with a Mission projects. We have a presence in every country of the world and that’s how we hope to spread the message of Christ, which we believe is the ultimate peace to the globe. Christ’s message isn’t just a broad idea though. Christ never went to anyone with just his message; he also gave them what they needed: healing, food, peace, or teaching. YWAM strives to do the same. We bring peace to our community locally by working with people wherever they are to meet their most pressing needs. We equip them with the tools they need to be self-sufficient so that they can then go out and show others the tools they’ve learned. Our goal is that by meeting the needs in the community we will gain a reputation and earn respect. This allows us to introduce them to the message and life of Christ. A community of respect with its needs met is a community of peace.

The best way to continue to foster a community of peace is the have morals and principles and to impart them to your children.  No matter what you are doing in your life, whether you work with a Christian non-profit like us or work at the grocery store or in an office, members of a peaceful community should do what they can from their point in life to encourage peace. Whether that’s volunteering your time, just being a good neighbor, parent or coworker, every member of a community is involved in maintaining peace. Putting other’s before your own and being self-giving is an important part of peaceful living. In this way, just like equipping people for self-sufficiency, peace has a domino effect; it can be transmitted person to person and spread when people dedicate themselves to principled living.

The best way for future generations to fully understand the concepts of keeping peace at any level is to spend time at the lowest level. When you see the things that disrupt peace you will better know how to fix them. Maybe a community is hungry, has problems with drugs, or has kids that struggle in school.  By meeting the needs a community determines are essential for itself, peace begins to spread. If students learn about these things that disrupt peace they will be able to be better leaders for our government or wherever they end up.