Finding Faith in Business

Ran Smith upended his life in Austin, Texas, to run a hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica—but he couldn’t outrun his addiction and everything else he’d left behind in the United States. “In my crisis I asked God for help,” he recalls, and “all the voices were pushed to the side and one voice came very clearly that said, ‘You should go to Quaker meeting.’ And I did.”

The inclusiveness Ran found at Monteverde Monthly Meeting has transformed the way he runs his hotel, reinforcing his instinctive belief that “people were more important than profits” but also teaching him to listen fully and truly hear out alternative voices before making decisions. As he reflects, “The experience that I’ve had here has been a gift.”

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