In March 2005, land was purchased on the edge of the Cabécar reserve in Paso Marcos, Turrialba through the fundraising efforts of another missionary family Alekcey and Judith were working with at the time, the Kennedy´s. Towards the end of 2005, Judith and Alekcey returned to Costa Rica; and, together with the Kennedy family, began the groundbreaking work in March 2006 for the base of operations that would become the Emmanuel Community Development Center. Alekcey and Judith moved out to the community of Paso Marcos in 2007, and began the foundational work of forming relationships and identifying with the people and their daily challenges.
Currently, Alekcey and Judith serve as the directors of Project Emmanuel. Alekcey also served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and then Director for Medical Education and Research for Hospital Clinica Biblica for seven years until 2015. These positions helped to open up opportunities for networking and pooling national resources for the Chirripó area.
In 2012, Alekcey and Judith were blessed with the birth of their son, Ari, who is an integral part of their family and community.
In addition to overseeing operations and projects at the Emmanuel Center, Alekcey and Judith focus on serving the local indigenous and non-indigenous people through facilitating community-directed infrastructure projects, managing the Agribusiness Partnership Program, leading a community Bible study, directing the infant-maternal indigenous health program (Puentes de Vida), managing a subsidized helicopter transport ministry (AeroVital), starting a local-ownership restaurant (Aroma de Montaña), becoming a part of the local school board, among others.
“Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”