Ruth yearns to see peace and justice embrace in the beautiful and broken world we call home. She has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America and beyond for several decades. She serves on the board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship and on the Networking Team of the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation. With her husband, James, she leads the Center for Interdisciplinary Theological Education (based in Costa Rica). She also has been associated with Christian Reformed World Missions, the Comunidad Internacional de Estudiantes Evangélicos (IFES), and World Vision International. The Padilla DeBorsts live in Costa Rica as members of the Casa Adobe Community.