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Nueva Vida Women’s Artisanry Initiative

August 15, 2012 5 Comments

COSTA RICA – The Nueva Vida Women’s Artisanry Initiative is based in Cartago, Costa Rica. Operating since 2011, the initiative gathers local community women in a holistic approach, through involvement in Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship, and the production and distribution of handicrafts. The initiative helps women to improve and expand their working skills in order better help support their families.

Lutheran Church–Canada’s deaconess Betty Retana of the Lutheran Church in Costa Rica leads the initiative’s women in Bible studies, devotional life, and organizational programming. Participants decide together how to use their collective skills.

Originally intended as a gathering point, now the women are establishing small-scale projects. Still, co-op members struggle day-to-day. Some of these women have had to scrape and scratch to survive. Now they are learning about the Christian faith and its daily impact on life, including practical work like the artisanry project.

In cooperation with Lutheran Church-Canada’s Committee for Missions and Social Ministry Services, the initiative is now reaching out to Canada.Two hand-painted products are being offered: Christmas cards and Luther Rose ornaments. These hand-painted, original folk art Christmas cards are individually crafted by the members of the Womens’ Artisanry Initiative, and are approximately 10 x 15 cm or 4’’ x 6’’. The Luther Rose ornaments are light-weight round wooden disks are painted in the vibrant colors of Luther’s seal, a well-known, traditional symbol of the Evangelical Lutheran Faith. They are approximately 7.5 cm or 3’’ in diameter.

These items can be ordered through Lutheran Church–Canada’s Committee for Mission and Social Ministry Services. For more information, contact: Rev. Dr. David Somers (ascensionqc@gmail.com) or Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel (missions@lutheranchurch.ca).


  • Jane Ford said:

    I would like to order 24 cards today. They are very pretty and meaningful. What is the cost or should I just make a generous donation?

  • The Canadian Lutheran (author) said:

    Hi Jane. Please contact Rev. Dr. David Somers (ascensionqc@gmail.com) or Rev.
    Dr. Leonardo Neitzel (missions@lutheranchurch.ca) directly for
    information on ordering the cards. Thanks very much!

  • Lyne Schmidt said:

    Such vibrant originality by gifted women!

  • Linda J. Bono said:

    Wonderful! I think you have beautiful thoughts like fairy and that’s why the card with fairy is expressing your thoughts very well. I really love art cards and glad to see yours above.


  • Canadian Lutheran Online » Blog Archive » Costa Ricans host Nicaraguans for Reformation celebration said:

    […] was appropriately accompanied by posters and crafts emblazoned with these symbols, developed by the Nueva Vida Women’s Artisanry Initiative. The central event of the day was the afternoon’s special service led together by Rev. Retana and […]

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