Food for the Hungry Opens Support Office in Costa Rica

Food for the Hungry
Friday, 12 April 2002

Food for the Hungry International (FHI) is starting a national office in Costa Rica to assist with the nonprofit organization's worldwide resource-raising efforts.

This will be FHI's first national office in Latin America. FHI already has autonomous organizations in Canada, Japan, Korea, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States that enable people to provide prayer, resources, and time on behalf of the world's poor and hungry people.

Rev. J. Scott Martin has been named Executive Director of FHI/Costa Rica. Rev. Martin has been the organization's Hunger Corps Coordinator in Nicaragua and Honduras since July 2, 1999. Rev. Martin and his wife, Dorothy, live in Managua, Nicaragua, where Ms. Martin teaches middle high math at the Nicaragua Christian Academy. Prior to coming to FHI, Rev. Martin served six years as an ordained United Methodist pastor and was active in short-term missions. He was chairperson of Volunteers in Missions for the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist church and founder and board member of Christian Friends of Latin America. He also has 15 years experience as an engineer and holds a professional engineering license. He was the founder and owner of a successful consulting firm, which he sold prior to entering seminary in 1988. Rev. Martin holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Randy Hoag, President of FHI, said, "Over the next few months FHI/Costa Rica will be obtaining legal nonprofit status, selecting board members, and beginning to promote the work of FHI and its worldwide efforts."

Many international observers view Costa Rica as a Central American success story. Although it is a largely agricultural country, Costa Rica has achieved a relatively high standard of living. The economy is stable and land ownership is widespread.

FHI is an international relief and development agency of Christian motivation, devoted to addressing spiritual and physical needs worldwide. FHI has ongoing work in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Central Europe. Projects include agriculture, income generation, health care, water and sanitation, and relief. For more information, call 1-800-2-HUNGER.

For more information, or to contact Food for the Hungry, see their website at: www.fh.org

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