Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Our first full day we began the morning with our daily devotion diving deep into the word that not only verifies the days tasks ahead but the purpose in our hearts to do the work. This awesome man of God, Alfredo, joined us with his 2 oxen and the cart to pull us around the church. The excitement and the entertainment of the animals kept us laughing but once we got to a farm that's when the real fun began. Little did any of us know this beautiful country farm constisted of lava rocks, cows, bulls, monkies, and cow poo. Lots and lots of cow poo but somehow none of us seemed to care due to the breath taking scenery. Our next big adventure for our group was White water Rafting. For me I have to say I was very scared. I can't swim that well and as we got there I was told we would be falling off of a class 5 (12 foot drop). I began to tremble but the 2 hours it took to get to that point begain to stretch my faith to the point by the time we got to the drop I was ready. I knew it was only the begining of what God was going to do with us.
God blessed us with bags full of shoes to pass out to the beautiful children in need but what we didn't know was it would change our lives forever. The Pastors in the comunity began to stretch my faith because they know all things with God are possible and no matter what rescources they don't posses, they know God will provide. For me that is huge knowing God will and can do amazing things in this country.
Church here was amazing! No matter the launguage barrier, we all praise The Lord the same way together as the manifest presence of The Lord was amoung us. My heart for this country and the beautiful people will always remain. Even as I type, my prayer is, Lord please let me return to Fortuna soon. -Kim
Monday, June 24, 2013
It's official, GTD will have it's own office here in Costa Rica! Today the students from The Seed church will be helping us to close two walls in on the church office to do this! We are so grateful to Buen Pastor Igelsia for giving us a space and to The Seed Church for helping us! It's going to be a huge blessing to the ministry and to future teams!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
First, we went to a local village called Pijije and gave out shoes, toys, and tooth care kits. The people were very thankful for what they were given, no matter how small it seemed to us. One girl named Sophie was ecstatic when Seth Holland gave her a little angel bear beanie baby, and immediately started to play with it. Another little boy went back into his house before we left to color in his new coloring book. We were invited into one family's house, which was pretty much a small, 4 room wooden structure with a tin roof. She was so proud of it, and I must say, she had some very pretty lace curtains on her windows. It amazed me that they were so happy and proud of what we probably wouldn't even call a home, and made me think about how thankful I am for my house, for my own bedroom, for everything I have. About the time we were heading home, a few kids kept coming up to us, asking if we could give their friends shoes. Eventually, we had to turn them away, much to our dismay because we knew they would have to go without something like shoes.
Despite such things as that, we have had a great time down in Fortuna. We went trekking through a local farm with a native named Alfredo, who is basically the Costa Rican equivalent to Chuck Norris. We hiked through cow poop, mud, and over rocks and hills to see howler monkeys and wade around in the river. Lydia Womble and I stayed up in the front with Alfredo, or at least we tried to until he disappeared over a hill close to the end. We have also gone white water rafting. I found it both fun and challenging. It was fun because I got to raft through a river with two of my really good friends, Caitlyn Foster and Aaron Estrada, and my dad, Bruce Fussell. I think it was challenging mainly because I was in the front with my dad, who is much bigger than me, and every time we had to 'get down', I had to try my best to squeeze into a compacted space with him. Fun, but not very comfortable.
Today, we had a carnival in a nearby village called San Bernardo, which was a very big success, if you ask me. I ran the bracelet-making station with Caitlyn, and participated in the two skits we did for the kids. It was really cool, and even though we couldn't always understand each other, everyone had a great time. This afternoon, we went door-to-door handing out flyers to the locals telling them about the movie night we'll be having. I was exposed to the graciousness, hospitality, and overall joy of the people in Costa Rica. One elderly couple had a pretty long conversation with us, asking about our team and other things. The lady gave me a kiss on the cheek when we were done :).
I've learned so much on this trip, everything from the language and culture, to the lessons learned through the devotionals and opportunities given to the team while we've been here. Costa Rica has been a great experience. I can't wait to see what else God has in store for us in the rest of our trip!
- Eden (The Seed Church)
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The Seed Church had quite the introduction to their mission trip to Costa Rica yesterday. Intense heavy rains hit almost immediately when they arrived in the country. Streets were flooding as we drove from the airport to the church. What usually takes about 3 hours to drive turned into a 5 hour drive. Once we arrived to the church bunkhouses we were greeted by what can only be described as a "plague of flying ants" in 3 of the rooms. Hundreds of ants took refuge from the heavy rains inside the rooms. We were looking around for Moses, but he was no where to be found. Thankfully our translator Toly was there. Armed with a full can of Raid he took on the flying ants and cleared the rooms. Although this may sound like a rough start to the trip, that doesn't mean it's a bad start to the trip. Mission Trips are all about being stretched out of your comfort zone... about God forging new growth... about faith muscles being built up. None of this can happen without be stretched; muscles don't grow until they are first torn down in small bits. The stretching has begun! But so has the blessing! The group is already experiencing the warmth and love from the local body of believers.
Today we have a full day planned including mountain side devotions, a local tour to see how coffee beans are harvested and converted into a "cup of joe", and a trip to a poverty stricken area to delivery shoes & the love of Christ.
Stay tuned for more adventures from Costa Rica!!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
That's an amazing thing to wake up to everyday! That's why Christian NFL players say that winning the SuperBowl was incredible, but it doesn't compare to knowing Jesus! The word "loss" in this verse is actually the same word for dung & rubbish... everything seems like poop compared to knowing Jesus. That's why Christians are always posting verses and talking about God. We want everyone to know what is within a prayers reach away. We don't make any money or get any kickbacks from someone coming to know Jesus. Sure the Bible talks about an eternal reward for helping people come to faith in Jesus, but I don't know anyone who factors that in as a motive for sharing the Good News. We share these things not because we have to our because of a future reward... we share them because, quite frankly, we can't hold it in. Jesus has so radically & profoundly changed our lives we are compelled to share it. It would be like winning a new house. You couldn't hold that in. You couldn't keep from wanting to share the excitement. You just want to tell everyone because the joy just oozes out of you. So, like the Apostle Paul wrote in the verse above, I have to wholeheartedly agree... nothing compares to knowing Jesus. Christ is that good!!
Monday, June 17, 2013
GTD CR Cell Phone (uno): 8459-9113 (outside CR dial 011-506-8459-9113)
GTD CR Cell Phone (dos): 8459-9062 (outside CR dial 011-506-8459-9062)
GTD CR Cell Phone (tres): phone number to be added this week
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Our new Costa Rica Mission T-shirts just came in fresh off the printing press!! And we love them! Special thanks to Heather & Paul Williamson for introducing us to Chuck Stewart of AxCelMark Corporation who poured his heart into printing these comfy tri-blend shirts on short notice and with excellence. Huge props to Jason Lazzaro for the awesome graphic art design and Laurie Finger for spearheading the concept and the theme. We are the only Jesus some people will ever meet. Our lives should be the PROOF of real & personal God.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
So blessed to have my mom volunteering in the office this week!! With many years of receptionist experience she earned the nickname "Bird Dog"... so I had to give her a promotion to "Senior Bird Dog" =)
5 days left before I (Doug) leave for Costa Rica!! Mega amounts of office work to get done for all the other events we have going on this summer... Ministry isn't spelled "Men"istry or "Man"istry because it's not fueled by "man-power"; it's fueled by the Holy Spirit... Thanks for your prayer support people =)
"To this end I labor, struggling with all of HIS energy that so powerfully works within me." - Col 1:29
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
With zero sleep after pulling an all-nighter of packing we made it to the Orlando Airport safely. Laurie is checking her luggage (including an 81 lbs MONSTER) and preparing to head down to Costa Rica for 10 weeks of missionary work. I'm so proud of her! She was so overwhelmed yesterday with an endless list of to-do's and she overcame it all. Thank You Jesus =). I go down in 2 weeks with the first team.