Friday, January 13, 2017

US BOUND!

Ciao for now Costa Rica! Pura vida!!

HASTA LA VISTA BABIE!

Saying goodbye to some of the kindest people in the world is never easy. The sorrow is tempered by the gladness we have from knowing that we plan to be back in a few months. Glory to God for our Costa Rican family =)

TICOS CONTINUE THE PROGRESS ON CHANGO'S NEW HOME!

The Costa Rican men (also known as Ticos) are continuing the construction of Chango's new home that Trinity Christian College began last week. Despite major damage caused by high winds 5 days ago the new home is taking shape and nearly complete (glory to God!). We will keep you updated on the progress =)

HUG FEST & CLOSING CEREMONY!

The local church held a closing ceremony for our team full of testimonies, praise & worship, and even beautiful hand-crafted awards for the leadership team. It was an incredibly special night full of love and closeness as we stood together as one big joyful family. The hugs and tearful embraces say it all =)

LAURIE EXTENDS CHRISTMAS FOR 3 FAMILIES IN VERY POOR COMMUNITY =)

Yesterday Laurie, Lila, Jose, and I visited a very poor community in Pijije, Costa Rica to spend time with 3 families that Laurie has been loving on for 4 years. It may have been January 12th, but it felt more like December 25th because Laurie brought the families Christmas gifts all wrapped up. Each family was thrilled and deeply touched by Laurie's love and thoughtfulness. It was a wonderful time =)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SALVATIONS, REDEDICATIONS, & IMPACT TESTIMONIALS!!

Wow, what an amazing night it was 3 nights ago as we all shared about the impact God made in each of our lives throughout our week in Costa Rica. In fact, a few students prayed to receive Christ or recommit their lives to the Lord as God used Pastor Dave Ungar to preach a powerful sermon. We also shard highlights of the week and impact testimonials in the presence of Pastor Danilo, his wife May Ling, and their 2 children. We closed off with some great praise & worship led by Sury and a time of prayer for the local pastor, his family, and the local church ( Iglesia Buen Pastor Campamento Ibbp). It was a powerful and amazing night!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mission Trips ain't all unicorns and rainbows... well...

Mission Trips ain't all unicorns and rainbows... well... maybe today it is all rainbows!

It's only fitting that such an incredible group of college students & their leaders be wrapped up in a majestic rainbow and the reminder of God's promises =)

Pure Vida from Costa Rica!!

WE CAN REBUILD IT - BETTER & STRONGER!

Despite a major setback, yesterday the team rolled up their sleeves and went right back to work again and rebuilt the one room house that was literally blown down the day before! I'm happy to say that it was rebuilt better and stronger to withstand high gusts of winds. It's not completely finished, but the Trinity Christian College crew is leaving the Costa Rican work crew in a great position to finish strong! Praise God!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!

100 kph winds blow down the one room home we've been building for a man who lost everything from Hurricane Otto =(

Yesterday, during our day off, high gusts of winds came through like the big bad wolf and huffed and puffed and blew our house project down.

Keep our Costa Rican friend in your prayers as our team spends their last full day here trying to salvage the newest set back to this wonderful man's recovery.

Stay tuned for updates as we press on towards the goal.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES, THE BEACH, COMMUNITY SPORTS NIGHT, AND BACK TO WORK

The last 2 days have been full of great stuff! On Friday Alfredo led the group on an interactive tour of local petroglyphs which became a perfect spot for our morning devotionals. The crew also had a delicious interactive coffee tour and learned how coffee is made from start to finish. Then it was on to Coco Beach at the Pacific Ocean for a half day of fun in the sun. Friday night culminated with a community wide sports night on the soccer field in the middle of the town which was a huge success!! Saturday was back to work as the Trinity Christian College crew continued to crush all their hurricane relief construction projects and community outreaches. They were rewarded with a phenomenal night of fun, rest, and relaxation at the local hot springs and restaurant. It was a well earned and well deserved reward! The entire trip has been terrific or as we like to now say, TROLL-RIFIC! (The Trinity Trolls) =)