Every week hundreds of kids come and go at La Finca, which serves as a place where God's presence flows freely...a place of refuge, peace, HOPE, acceptance, encouragement, recognition, love, comfort, and challenge. Without the HOPE of Jesus Christ, many kids like Karla have nothing.
Everyone from the New Life Church of Los Guido and Tejarcillos was invited to a program hosted by the visiting team. The program was held inside of the multiuse building and it was an evening full of music, laughter, and fellowship. It was an opportunity to engage in conversation, enjoy some worship, and eat some great food. It is the prayer of the ministry here in Los Guido that 500+ warm plates of food will pass over this counter each day.
Compass Church, the visiting team, planned two workdays during their time serving in Costa Rica. One day at La Finca, preparing the ground for what will soon be the entry way onto the property and one day in La Carpio, doing various painting projects with a local public kindergarten school. During the workday at La Finca, it was mine and Bethany's job to construct the rebar casing for the foundation of two brick walls that would line the driveway. It was a great opportunity to get our hands dirty, work as a body of Christ, and serve in such a tangible way. How awesome it is to think of the many people that will walk/drive across that concrete weekly...that they might come to know and glorify Christ.
During the week, we visited a family that is involved in a number of ways with the New Life Church of Los Guido to celebrate their son Randy and his second birthday. We celebrated his second birthday by enjoying some typical Costa Rican food and helping him put Mr. Potato Head together.
Tons of fun! Over the course of many weeks, the New Life Church of Los Guido offered to take the top three members, who invited the most people to church, both zip lining and white water rafting. Three youth from the leadership team (Maria Jose, Ingrid, and Maria) took advantage of this opportunity and did exactly that. The visiting team took these individuals as well as some of the leadership team on this trip. I too, had the opportunity to enjoy this experience of zip lining for for the first time. This day was a simple reward for their hard work and great example of Christ that they are daily.
Closing out the week was the Show de Jabon (Soap Show). This is a great time for the kids to see their friends throughout the week, interact with visiting teams, and most importantly learn about God through Scripture and Bible stories.
Between Monday, August 1st to Sunday, August 7th, my home church (Community Bible Church) is hosting a giveaway via my blog. A prize (“The Hole in Our Gospel” by World Vision CEO Richard Stearns and a bundle of worship CD’s) will be given to a winner randomly chosen from the comments below (Facebook comments will not count). The winner will be announced via CBC’s Facebook and this blog…so be sure to check back!
Participants can comment as often as they’d like, can be anywhere around the world, and are welcome to spread the word to their friends. Be sure to comment with your first AND last name so the prize makes it to the correct person. A winner will be announced on Sunday, August 7th at 7 P.M. PST.