In January 2010, Joel, a carpenter from Switzerland, traveled to Costa Rica and volunteered for a year at an indigenous training center. While there he met and became friends with Timothy Jones who works with the Cabécar people as a Bible translator. After Joel finished his commitment with the training center, Timothy invited him to live and help on his coffee farm in Grano de Oro, Costa Rica. Joel accepted the invitation and this is where he met Rebekah, Timothy’s oldest daughter.
As Rebekah and Joel worked together on the farm their friendship grew and eventually became a serious relationship. They also shared a desire to serve the people in Grano de Oro and the indigenous people in the Cabécar reservation nearby.
Rebekah grew up in Grano de Oro and had friends in the neighboring Cabécar Reservation. As a young adult, her goal was to become a third-generation missionary and follow in the footsteps of her grandparents and father. She studied dentistry at the University of Costa Rica. In January 2013 Joel started to study intercultural missions at a Bible seminary in San Jose, while Rebekah worked on her last two years of dental school.
During their break from classes in December 2013, they celebrated their wedding with family and friends. A year later Rebekah graduated and they returned to Grano de Oro to lay the foundation for their work among the Cabécars. Their son Benaiah was born in 2015 and Yuliana arrived in 2018.