Beyond The Known International

Investing in Relationships That Change the World


As a faith-based organization with our foundations in Jesus Christ - Beyond The Known International exists to develop and support relational training solutions that empower community leaders to:
Eradicate local poverty
Expand childhood education
Stimulate economic development and job growth


Engage people where they are
1 Peter 4:8-10 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

Equip people with what they need
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correction and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Empower people to lead change through Intentional Relationship and Demonstrated Love
Matthew 9:38–  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”


Invest In Relationships
Matthew 22:36-40 Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Model Compassion
Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Act With Respect
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others.

Seek Wisdom
Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and Man

Encourage Creativity
Exodus 31:3-6 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.

Respond In Love
1 John 4:7-8 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Generational Change - Relationship by Relationship

We believe that change is accomplished through a direct relationship with Jesus and this relationship is the catalyst for all change. We believe that each person is uniquely created in the image of God with a specific purpose and gifting intended to influence those around them towards a relationship with Jesus. We believe the environments where people live, work and play are the best places for relationships to occur. We believe that suffering, pain and injustice cannot and will not negate Gods plan and purpose for each life. We believe we must live our lives “Beyond the Known”.

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Uniqueness of Individuals and Communities

People and communities are completely unique. No two individuals or communities have been created the same. The common thing among all people and communities is that we are all created in the image of God. On purpose and for purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Relationship With Jesus

He ENGAGES us where we are and pursues us without stopping
Matthew 15: 4-6
Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts in on his shoulders and goes home.

He EQUIPS us with all we need
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

He EMPOWERS us with his spirit
Romans 8:4

Jesus does for us everything the holy law requires. The power of sin should no longer control the way we live. The Holy Spirit should control the way we live.

Relationships With Individuals
Healthy personal relationships thrive when time is invested and trust is built, truth is at the core, empathy is expressed and communication is always open. This will lead to love.
John 13:34
"A new command I give you; Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

Relationships With Community
Community relationships are driven by principles that create unity. Demonstrating quality character and ethical values provide platforms of respect and encouragement that create long-term relationship commitments.
John 17:23
"I in them and you in me - so that they may be brought to complete unity.  Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."

Eradicating Local Poverty - Feeding Centers

Eradicating Local Poverty - Feeding Centers

Our desire to eradicate local poverty presses into the heart and the vision of empowering community leaders. Developing trusted relationships with local leaders from schools, churches and community organizations allows for the effective execution of community feeding programs. The collaboration of local leaders to identify the greatest point of need and then apply the appropriate level of resource allows for an effective strategy in the battle to eradicate local poverty.

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Eradicating Local Poverty - Community Food Banks

Eradicating Local Poverty - Community Food Banks

Seeking to eradicate local poverty and engage some of the most basic needs of families in the communities we serve, our Community Food Banks strive to bridge the gaps that occur with food insecurity. Our food programs are designed to be a hand up and not just a hand out for the families we serve. Creating an environment where value is placed on compassion and respect and an understanding of the importance of a servants heart are a focus of our investment. These environments are perfect for community leaders to invest their time and resource to serve those who are their neighbors and also encourages those who receive help to give back by investing their time back into the community. This collaboration of local leaders help identify those in need and then apply an appropriate level of resource and love to allow for direct impact in the battle to eradicate local poverty.

Expanding Education - Language Centers (ESL)

Expanding Education - Language Centers (ESL)

The importance of a solid educational foundation for future generations is a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the economic realities of families and communities. Communications and languages play a vital role in education and access to a growing global marketplace. The growing benefit of English as a Second Language (ESL) has never been more evident than it is today. ESL provides a vital advantage in todays modern global economy. ESL expands employment opportunities for workers in the business and technology sectors in the Central American country of Costa Rica. The continued growth in the tourism industry creates a necessity for job seekers to not only complete their education but have the additional skill set ESL can provide. Access to expanded educational opportunities is a key to breaking the cycle of poverty and the communication and language skills ESL provides is becoming foundational.

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Economic Development - Leadership Training - Business Planning and Coaching

Economic Development - Leadership Training - Business Planning and Coaching

Having healthy business and industry is a key to creating a growing economic culture. Healthy economies play a vital role in breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence. At the heart of every growing economy are people. Products and processes change over time and innovation creates marginal growth that can be measured, but people are always the key healthy businesses and growing economies. Healthy people become dynamic leaders who create innovative businesses that form growing economies.

Short-Term Mission Teams - Costa Rica

Short-Term Mission Teams - Costa Rica

Beyond The Known International partners with individuals, families, groups and organizations to make long-term sustainable impact for the kingdom through short-term mission investment. Working through established strategic relationships we are able to position teams and communities for success.

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Discovery Partnership Trips - Costa Rica

Discovery Partnership Trips - Costa Rica

Beyond The Known International invites you to travel with our leadership team and discover the kingdom impact that your partnership is providing in Costa Rica and beyond. This unique experience is designed share how strategic investment is producing transformational change in the fight to Eradicate Local Poverty, Expand Education and Stimulate Economic Development. Spend 4 days and 3 nights discovering the power of relationships in Costa Rica.

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Craig Norton

Founder - CEO

Laurie Rodriguez

Board Chair

Alex Dalton

Board - Vice Chair

Kyle Davis

Board Secretary / Treasure

An Investment That Can Change the World

Your generous support allows for the training and empowerment of community leaders to Eradicate Local Poverty - Expand Childhood Education - Stimulate Economic Development and Job Growth

Your gift today has tremendous impact for generations to come. Invest to Feed a Child, Family or School Invest to Teach a Child or Adult English Invest to Support Job Training

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