Meet the Tinkeys

Gifts Ministry Coasta Rica

Ritch and Kathy Tinkey took a mission trip to Mexico City in 2010.  On that trip, they were shown first hand the evils of the sex trafficking trade.

“I was totally naïve to this industry before.  I expected to see teenagers rescued, but I never expected 6,7,8 year old girls.  It broke my heart.” Kathy

Through that trip, God told Kathy that He wanted her to do something about this.  Although she had no idea where to start, God slowly led Ritch and Kathy to where they are today.

God has opened doors that they could never have opened on their own and He continues to gift them with tremendous blessings that reaffirm they are definitely in His will.  This is His mission and they aim to fulfill it as He leads.


Ritch was a builder by trade and he plans to teach the boys building skills. All of this will take resources and we are trusting God to supply all our need according to His riches in glory!  Ritch prays that he can help the boys to see their God-given value and learn a trade that will lead to employment and show them God’s love.


One of Kathy’s favorite hobbies is making homemade greeting cards. She will be using her talent to teach the girls to make cards and sell them in the US as a cottage industry. Additionally, as the Tinkeys attend their new church in Costa Rica, they hope to partner with a sewing school in a impoverished area in the mountains.  Here Kathy hopes to teach women a skill, in-turn giving them a sense of self-worth, and most importantly, show them the love of their Heavenly Father.

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