Sunday, October 25, 2009

Update on Maria and Lester

As many of you remember, we met Maria and Lester right after moving here and have been ministering to them since. They have come to church with us for about 2 months and we have developed and incredible relationship with them during this time. We shared the Gospel with them one night at our house about 3 weeks ago or so and they were very interested in learning more. Since that time, Daniel bought a Bible and devotional book for each of them and I have never seen anyone so excited to receive a gift. It was such a beautiful moment for both Daniel and I. They began reading their Bibles and one day Maria came over and said they were ready to accept Jesus as Lord of their lives!!!!! We had them over last Saturday night for dinner, walked them through the Gospel and THEY BOTH PRAYED AND INVITED JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS!!!!! Praise the Lord!!!! We were and are sooo excited! With tears in their eyes and pure joy beaming from their faces, they prayed with us and it was such a life changing moment for all of us! What is more, Sunday we had a baptism celebration and dinner at our house for the church and they along with 4 others were baptized in our pool!!! What a celebration it was!! Please see the attached pictures of the baptism! It was such a night of rejoicing to see what the Lord is doing in the lives of people here who are surrendering to Him! We feel so blessed to have already seen the fruit of the ministry we are doing here--this is a true gift from the Lord!

Thanks to all of you who are continuously praying for us and for Jacó. Please pray for Maria and Lester as they begin this new journey with the Lord!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Youth Conference

Thanks so much to all of you for praying for Daniel while he was speaking at the Youth Conference in the mountains! He definitely felt the prayers and the conference was incredible!!! All of his talks were very well received and he had an awesome time getting to know kids from all over Central America. Here are a few pictures from his time there.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Homemade Tortillas

Here are a few pictures of Maria teaching us how to make homemade tortillas. Tortillas are a staple both here and in Nicaragua. Thomas helped her cook and they had a great time cooking and playing in the dough. We love Maria!!!
The finished product--Thomas's favorite--black beans and cheese on a tortilla dipped in sour cream...he got a little carried away with the sour cream!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Upcoming Youth Conference

I just wanted to ask everyone to pray for Daniel (and me) as he will be leaving Friday morning to speak at a 4 day Youth Conference 2 hours north of San Jose. He was invited by the International Youth Group in San Jose and they will be traveling to La Cumbre Youth Camp in the mountains. Pray that the Lord would give him clarity as he teaches and that student's lives would be forever changed and drawn to Jesus as the Lord speaks through Daniel. Please pray for safe travel as the roads are not great where they are going. Also, please pray for me. :) It will be our first nights alone in Jaco without Daniel and 4 days and 3 nights with 2 crazy boys (and no Daddy around) can be trying. Pray for peace and safety for us as we are here alone.

As always, thank you so much for praying and serving alongside us here in Costa Rica.