Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Ninjaaaaaa Assasin!!! Warning!!! This game is highly Ninja like and may cause extreme moments of laughter. Not suitable for anyone under 22 years of age. Beginning with a group in the middle everyone jumps out striking a ninja pose. Taking turns in a circular direction you attack others by Ninjaaaaing only their hand with a chop, slice, or jabb. Last ninja remaining is reined ultimate.
Construction on the builing continues! With three walls complete, another retaining wall and the fourth wall of the building are being constructed. The building process has been exciting to see during my stay here in Costa Rica. Not only has it been an affirmation of God's grace and willingness to work in the lives of those who ask and seek, but also in that He continues to work in tangible ways.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Every year the New Life Church of Los Guido has a Talent Show after the Sunday service, follwed by a time of fellowship and roasting marshmallows. Although it is not my talent, or perhaps it may be, I was recruited to swing dance. The iceing on the cake was presented when we smiled, showing our hill billy teeth and filling the room...with laughter of course.
ONLY ONE MARSHMALLOW LEFT!?!?
Anyone want smore!!! Making smores...Costa Rica style.
A couple of weeks ago the leadership team from the New Life Church of Los Guido had their two week break from school. As a reward for their dedication, willingness to serve, and hard work in the church, the missionaries make it a must to take them to Parque de Diversiones every year. Referred to as a "wanna be" Six Flags, this theme park was a tremendous reward and served as a great opportunity to bond with the leadership team.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Assumptions are often made about areas such as Los Guido, Tejarcillos, and La Carpio. While many may be true, others are devastatingly false. Because many people believe that nothing has, can, or will come from these areas, an important question that we must ask is "Can anything good come from there? Can anything good come from Los Guido, Tejarcillos, or La Carpio?" If fear, laziness, or selfishness were my response and I said, "No" I would have never met the missionaries, the families, or the kids. Nor would I have experienced the great works of God in, through, and around me. Because we "can do EVERYTHING through him who gives strength" (Philippians 4:10), God has proven to be faithfull time and time again in showing how much more than GOOD can come from these areas. The slideshow posted at the top of the page provides a small glimpse of lives being changed over the last two weeks in which three day VBS events were held in Los Guido, Tejarcillos, and La Carpio. Roughly 400 individuals, 25 of which were moms, heard the gospel and it is my prayer that they become involved in a discipleship group and grow in Christ. PLEASE be praying for much fruit to come from the seeds that God allowed to be planted during the VBS events.
Finished up three days of VBS in La Carpio. Roughly 150 people including kids and moms came to the first day, 250 the second, and 230 the third. It was an amazing time serving, playing with the kids, and working towards a goal that is not temporary but eternal.
Work at La Finca continues! As the foundation for the gymnasium was being dug out, it began to eat away and remove dirt from the side of the newly built house. After building a retaining wall and filling it in with dirt and rocks, to prevent this from happening in the future, we have begun to lay a sidewalk.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
“Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach you when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them’-before the sun and the light, and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain.” Ecclesiastes 12:1-2
Often times many people, especially younger people, choose to walk in their own ways because it provides a sense of pride, ownership, and self value. Because our days here on earth are numbered, our days of eternity are much greater, therefore we could all be considered “young.” Here we are commanded to remember the creator of all things, so that with time we may not regret the many opportunities we had. Such a reminder can only be found in living out “the perfect law that gives freedom.” James 1:25
It is LIVING the days of my youth and CLINGING to the “law that gives freedom” which has allowed and will continue to allow me to experience and see God in these areas of Costa Rica, which are hungry for the word of God and in desperate need of a relationship with Christ.
Fellowship, fun, and food! The older youth night was another evening that brought great joy and new faces. It served as a great opportunity for these new people to seek change as Melinda guided the group through a discussion in determining the possession and application of information.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday served a great purpose in which a VBS was held each day in Tejarcillos. This area is controlled by one gang or mafia. Arial, an individual who once belonged and lived for that gang, has become a firm and faithful leader in the New Life Church of Tejarcillos. He believes there is an abundance of fruit, waiting to be harvested. It was amazing to see many new faces and share the hope developed through a lifestyle found only in Christ.
Saturday we continued with the second VBS in Los Guido which I worked the first half of the day. It was an answered prayer to reunite with some of my pen pals who I have seen grow up since my first trip to Costa Rica. The VBS served as a great opportunity to give God the glory and direct others to a path that will provide opportunities to get involved in a discipleship group, the church, and perhaps join the leadership team. Upon completion of the third and final VBS in Los Guido on Monday, ALL but two kids agreed to attend a discipleship group shortly to come. Dejon, one of the older youth on the leadership team, set out on a mission. The two remaining kids agreed to “try” the first few days of a discipleship group. It is the witnessing of these kids and families accepting and seeking Christ as Savior that brings great encouragement and hope to my life.
Sunday morning was another day of rejoice and excitement of God's faithfulness as we attended two services. Celebrating the 4th year anniversary with the New Life Church of Tejarcillos, there were many new faces from the previous VBS’s. As pastor Rogelio spoke about love in the church for one another, it was astonishing to see the many new faces, as well as the dedication, loyalty, and love for the church of those who have remained firm in the hope of Christ over the past years. As we arrived to Los Guido for the second service, the storm began to move in. Rain, thunder, and lightening! These were the elements in which Satan attempted, but miserably failed, to use against us to stop the dramas, the service, and cause us to put our bibles aside. In the midst of such, Mark spoke of Revelation emphasizing “he who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.” We have uncountable opportunities as an individual, a church, and body of Christ to seek and listen to the voice of God. This time brought to reality that God will hold us accountable for every opportunity we did and did not take advantage of. It served a great purpose as there were some new faces and rejoining families.
This week consists of more great opportunities to serve God, give Him the glory, and reach the “unreachable.” While some much needed work projects will be set in place this week and others completed, we set out today for three days of VBS in La Carpio.
Please be praying for the safety, guidance, and selfless servant hood of myself and visiting teams. Pray for the vulnerability and response of the individuals to God’s word. Pray for God’s intervention in the lives of these children, their families, and in their homes. Pray for a hedge of protection around La Carpio and that it would become an area that is known for its worship, love, and loyalty to Christ.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Happy Birthday Randy!!! Cracking eggs over ones head is a birthday must in Costa Rica. Randy turned 1, so the little guy laughed and smiled for some pictures after having one egg cracked over his head.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
After working the first half of the day during the VBS in Los Guido at La Finca, it was an answered prayer to reunite with some of the kids whom I have seen grow up in the church and had the opportunity to be pen pals with since my first trip to Costa Rica.
Today is the second of three VBS events in Los Guido. Excited and pumped to be with the kids, get dirty, and have some fun.
Make sure to continue checking out the blog for upcoming VBS events, weekly outreach and fellowship events, and weekly work projects.
Slideshow and blog of VBS's in Tejarcillos, Los Guido, and La Carpio