What Is Ocean’s Edge?
The Ocean’s Edge program exists to support, facilitate and inspire others to embrace the abundant life they were intended to enjoy through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. Our heart is to see others reach their God-given potential spiritually, relationally, physically, professionally and financially as they positively impact their local community and beyond for God’s glory.
How It All Began
In order for you to truly begin to imagine the blessing, victory and miracle of The Edge Ministry Base, we need to take you back to 2003. Hannah Fletcher, Founder of Ocean’s Edge, explains:
“There was a group of faith-filled believers that dared to look past the reputation of Jaco Beach and hear God’s heart. We knew that we not only wanted to redeem the town known as the “Sodom & Gomorra” of Costa Rica, but He wanted to be glorified in it. We all gathered our pennies together for a deposit on a future ministry base right in the heart of the town. The day I moved onto the property, April 12, 2003, I remember sitting on the porch with my dog on my side just looking out to the empty lot. I imagined all the possibilities and dreamed of having a discipleship training school. Missions team from Christian Surfers and Churches across the States came to help us shine in the town. Together we were laying a foundation, claiming territory and battling side by side, yet it was God who was the obvious hero.”
The purchase contract for The Edge was signed for $89,000 USD. It included 866.21 sq. m. (9,323.81 sq. ft.) of land, two small tear-down homes and a ridiculous amount of potential. The seller received a small deposit of only $10,000 USD and they financed the remaining amount.
Years passed with both hardships and blessings, lives were changed and the property peacefully passed from one ministry to another to carry the torch. Many ministries, missions groups and individuals have called the Edge home and utilized the facilities. In 2007, the original vision started budding new life in the name of Ocean’s Edge.
The Edge is now held in a Costa Rican corporation with an overseeing legal board. The board is committed to supporting and facilitating local ministries and cross-cultural missions. They exist to assure the property is solely dedicated to non-profit missions work, bible-based training and programs that will have a positive impact on the world, through Jesus Christ.
Long-Term Mission & Vision
Our long-term vision is to maintain a self-supported, fully-equipped center available to host missions teams, interns and ministries. The master plan includes:
a. Two commercial units with street frontage: This retail space will be used to open and run model businesses for the business school and for outreach programs in the town of Jaco Beach. This will be a training ground for our business school participants at the same time as it generates funds to support ministry.
This is the last phase of our building project. The housing center and retail space will allow the Edge Missions Base to be self-sustaining. In the case that a profit is generated, all funds will be designated to support approved non-profit missions work and programs (e.g., sending and supporting international missionaries, business school programs, micro business start-up, etc.).
b. Large conference-style multiple purpose meeting room and art garden: We have an outdoor meeting space we call “The Rancho”. This area will double in size with the new construction.
c. A Bed and Breakfast-style housing area: Phases one and two have almost been completed, which expand the on-site housing. Currently, the property hosts mission teams, Ocean’s Edge interns and ministry-minded locals. The existing structure can host up to 35 people in a variety of bunk rooms and studio apartments. In 2017, the new roof covering the housing area was also completed and completely paid off! This new covering unifies the living area on the base and brings all the housing together. It also solved a flooding issue that we had.
The housing area opens into a large sitting area with a welcoming community kitchen surrounded by a U-shaped building, which includes nine studio lock-off apartments, six bunk rooms and three hotel style rooms for couples or individuals. This will allow us to host both missions teams and interns.
The bed and breakfast will also be a training ground for students to learn a variety of skills, such as customer service, small business skills and cooking. The income generated from the school and housing will be returned to the ministry to help support missions.