Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dios es Todopoderoso (God is All-Powerful)

As you all know, we have been so blessed already to be able to jump right into ministry here in Jacó. Alot of this ministry has been meeting and helping people one on one. Daniel has been leading worship at the church and just last week had Patrick, a guy from Italy who has lived here in Jacó for many years, lead with him on Sunday morning. It was truly a joyful noise and such a blessing that Patrick was able to serve in our church by helping to lead worship. In addition, 2 days ago we met Miguel who is from Nicaragua and who has been in Jacó for the past few days looking for our church, Calvary Chapel. He was told by another pastor that we would help him if he found us. (He primarily came here looking for work.) In the meantime, he needed food, clothing, shelter, etc. It has been such a blessing to join with our teammates Mike and Revae to be able to provide for this guy's needs. He is a great guy with a truly humble heart! Last night, God blessed him with a job at a local hotel and he wore Daniel's clothes to training day today--it was great! He has also been Daniel's personal tutor for the past 2 days as he has spent his days here with us. Anyway, tonight Patrick came over to practice worship for Sunday and Miguel had been at our house all afternoon and evening. The three guys were in the kitchen after dinner playing and singing to the Lord at the top of their lungs "Eres Todopoderoso, eres grande y majestoso. Eres fuerte, invencible, y no hay nadie como tu" (You are All-Powerful, you are great and majestic. You are strong and invincible. There is no one like You.) I was in the den just worshiping myself and thanking God for His power and might and strength in my life. Then I began thinking about the three guys all worshiping together in my kitchen--3 different countries represented--all loving the Lord--all singing in the local language--and what a joyful noise it was! We are all the body of Christ and the way that God unites us in His love no matter where we are in the world is so beautiful! I am so thankful that the Lord has chosen us lowly creatures to love on the people here in Jacó. We are so humbled to be a part of what God is doing here. "Not our will, but thine be done, O Lord."
Patrick (left), Daniel and Miguel (Right)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Finally getting settled!

Sorry we haven't blogged all week but to say we have been busy is an understatement !  We moved last Saturday and were back and forth between here and San Jose in order to get our cedulas (Costa Rica id cards) made at immigration since we are now residents.  We have jumped right in to ministry here as well.  Our church, Capilla Calvario Jacó, is moving out of the store front building because the rent is outrageously high so we are helping organize and clean in order to be out of the building by the end of the month.  We are now meeting in an open air (but covered) soccer field.  It is a great facility and definitely a lot cheaper.  The Lord has really been leading us to free up this money that has been used to pay the rent and use it to invest in ministry in the community. We are all praying about where the Lord would have us focus more of our time and resources and even this week He has already begun bringing people into our lives to love on.  

Daniel and I decided to make banana bread for all of our neighbors as a way to "break the ice" and introduce ourselves.  As a family, we went around yesterday and today to eight different houses and talked with each person/persons and it was such a blessing for us!  Every person was so receptive and Thomas and Jacob even met some new friends as well.  We know that the Lord is going to use us to minister to our neighbors as well so we are really excited about the opportunity we had today to chat with all of them!   

Yesterday, we helped with kid's club.  Every Saturday morning we do "Club de Niños" in a local park in one of the poorer neighborhoods in town.  It was such a blessing to be a part of ministering to these sweet children.  Revae (Mike's wife) does a Bible story with them and a craft.  We also have snacks and play time.  At the end, each kid gets a bag of beans and rice to take home with them.  It was a lot of fun and I definitely look forward to getting more involved with this each week.  The following are a few pictures from Club de Niños. 

Thanks to all of you for praying for us as we have been getting settled.  We have a little ways to go but we really feel at home here and at peace knowing this is where the Lord has our family for now.  

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Off to Jacó we go!

As a lot of you know, we are moving to Jacó on Saturday.  Tomorrow is our graduation from language school and then we are packing up and moving on Saturday.  It is so hard to believe that 8 months has already gone by since we have been in country yet it seems as if we have been here forever as well.  Please pray for us as we adjust, yet again, to another city, house, ministry, etc.  Please pray for the kids as they adjust to new surroundings and a new routine which will probably be far from any organized routine for a long while.  We are sad to leave wonderful friends here, but we are so burdened for the people in Jacó that God has called us to reach with His message of hope and love---we know for certain it is our time to go.  Thanks in advance for all of your prayers---we love you and will update you on everything soon!  (We go to the doctor tomorrow about Jacob's ear so please pray for healing there as well!)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Just tell 'em Jesus loves 'em

When were leaving Jacó last week to return to San Jose we decided to take some food we had left over to a few of the people who live on the street in town.  We pulled over and there were the same few people in the same spot as they always are.  One man in particular that we have had a chance to talk to before was there and he was the only one awake at the moment so we decided to give him the food.  In addition to the food, we have Bible tracts (comic book stories that tell the Gospel) in Spanish that we hand out to people on a weekly basis so we decided to give him one of the books as well.  As we approached him he greeted us and we began to tell him how much Jesus loves him and wants to know him, etc.  It was as if we could see straight into his soul as we looked past the dirt and filth that covered his body and clothing.  He lit up as we shared with him what the Bible tract was.  We also told him that we brought him some food.  To our utter amazement, as we handed him the tract and the food together he put the food aside and opened the Bible was such a moment for us.  The Lord spoke to us so clearly through this reminding us that, yes, these people are physically hungry but they have a much, much greater need to be filled.  They are so spiritually hungry and the Lord has called us to feed them with His love and the hope of a life with Him.  Our Lord is so amazing and is daily teaching us something new/growing us in ways that we can't even imagine or predict!  We are all called to "feed" those around us spiritually and to share our faith on a consistent basis--even if it is just giving someone hope by telling them that Jesus loves them.   Philemon v6-7 say "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.  Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints."  May we all be an encouragement and a refreshment of God's love to those around us!

Here is a picture of our friend