As new and seasoned missionaries deal with both the daily struggles of...well, life, and also the rigors of an overwhelming (or in some cases an under-whelming) missionary “to-do list,” they often become painfully aware of their personal need for  soul care. The ones that come to this realization are the blessed ones (many others often just become “statistics”). 

Krista and Joel McCutcheon were not an exception to this unfortunate phenomenon. Within a few years of being missionaries, they were being reminded daily of just how desperate their souls needed the gospel -- they just didn’t realize it at the time. And then the gospel found them in the form of biblical counseling. It was like “spring rain” (Hosea 6:3) to their souls. After seeing their marriage being transformed by the hope of the gospel, they went on to earn their master’s degrees in Biblical Counseling and immediately began working as full-time counselors for incoming missionaries at The Spanish Language Institute in San José, Costa Rica. 

In those early transformative years, two young sisters in an orphanage captured their hearts and sent Joel and Krista on a three-year emotional roller-coaster ride that resulted in the blessed adoption of their daughters. 

During their nine years at The Spanish Language Institute, both Joel and Krista became more committed to biblical counseling and pastoral care than ever before, but also saw an opportunity to begin teaching biblical counseling to churches and missionaries. ​

Since 2018-19, Joel and Krista have been partnering with OIC (Overseas Instruction In Counseling) teaching counseling throughout Central America. But with many unanswered opportunities, they see growing interest in countries where few are able to go.

If you would like to join their mission to share the reality of the gospel through biblical counseling, contact them at