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"Abby (Smith) Torgeson" ~ Missionary-elect to Costa Rica (July 24, 2016)

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Jason, Josiah, and Abby (Smith) Torgeson

Missionaries-elect to Costa Rica

About the Torgesons’ Assignment

Partnering with the Church of God in Costa Rica to set up a new Teach One to Lead One mentoring program to reach at-risk children through local congregations

Training pastors and helping to develop church leaders

Building relationships and strengthening connections between local congregations and between the Costa Rican church and the larger church abroad

Meet Jason and Abby

A shared love of serving in missions brought Jason and Abby together a few years ago when their persistent matchmaking friend Harry Nachtigall, a North American serving the Church of God in Costa Rica, introduced them from afar.

Jason grew up in a military family and has lived in several different states and countries. After serving in the air force, he settled in Bellingham, Washington, where he earned a degree in human services at Western Washington University and dedicated himself to serving his community through social work, law enforcement, and programs with at-risk youth. Jason also served as the missions and outreach director at Cornwall Church, a position that allowed him to live out his passion for leading mission teams and connecting with churches around the world.

Abby was raised as a Church of God pastor’s kid and attended several churches across the country during her formative years. She earned a degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of Alabama and a master’s in intercultural services from the Anderson University School of Theology before serving as a missionary for three years in Bogotá, Colombia. Abby was ordained in 2013, the year she returned from Colombia and married Jason.

Abby and Jason are excited to have the opportunity to work and raise their newborn son (Josiah Samuel Torgeson, born 2/4/16) in the country that played such a critical role in their individual calls to missions as well as in the formation of their relationship. They are looking forward to helping the church develop programs among at-risk youth, providing support and training for leaders, and strengthening relationships between the congregations in Costa Rica and the church around the world.  

Project Number: 42.10082 


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Blog: http://smith575.blogspot.com

Email: Jason and Abby Torgeson jatorgeson@chog.org