Compassion DTS

January 27, 2008

We have just finished the second week of the DTS and it has been amazing! We have students from North, Central and South America as well as Europe. It is amazing to watch them get to know God in a deeper way. There is already so much to share, but I’ll just share one experience from our past week.

We took the DTS to one of the slums in San Jose – it is a very dangerous place run that is run by drug dealers. There is a Pastora working there who has built relationships with the people. They have come to understand that she is just there to help them and their kids so they protect her – she helps many of the families and children in the community. A polluted river flows past the building she runs her ministry from and during the rainy season it erroded the banks in front of her building. So we took our team there to help make repairs. We knew it would be hard and dirty work, but we were excited to do it. When we got there, though, we were not prepared for the work that was in store for us! We had to go down to the river and dig a ditch that would eventually be filled with cement to build a retaining wall from. No one complained as we dug in the river banks that smelled like a sewer with pipes sticking over our heads that would once in a while drain out, with bath water, dish water, toilet water, etc. It was pretty horrible, but everyone just kept digging, and working really hard. People were singing and laughing as they moved huge boulders and continued to dig through the polluted waters. I was so impressed with the team of students and staff and their hearts to serve.

Every week we will continue to have a time of local outreach where we will practically serve the communities surrouding us that are in need. As God comes and shows us His heart of love and compassion, we are motivated to go out and show that compassion to others through practical works of service and care.

scott in class scott in class

welcome dinner

Scott with the staff team – Isaac, Jessi, Gretyl, and Loly (missing in the picture is Ariana)

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Christmas….

January 27, 2008

We had such a fun and special time! I want to thank all our family (especially my momma!) who helped make it such a wonderful trip. I know it is hard to host a family of five that includes a two year old, newborn and four year old. Let’s just say we are like a tornado upon a small house! I think having kids helps you realize and appreciate how important family is. This trip meant so much to our boys, and the memories built really do last. We miss everyone already.

Grandma and Papa freeman
Grandma Arliss and Papa Floyd

Grandpa Gregg

Grandpa Gregg

Mema

Mema

 

Family
Uncle James, Aunty Bop, Uncle Zach and Mema

Coming back to Costa Rica… it felt like coming home! This was a blessing to us. We’re amazed at how quickly we’ve been able to adjust to a new country, culture and life here. God has sped up the process for us. Kai has had a little bit more trouble than the rest of us. He’s had a few sad moments of breaking down and crying. He’s very frustrated with the language barrier. We’ve been praying for him, talking with him and helping him to process all those feelings. It’s getting better day by day. He has especially enjoyed having summer preschool at our house. Also his best friend, Lukey, is such a treasure. Their friendship is precious – they are like Jonathan and David.

Kai and Lukey
Kai and Lukey
Best Buds!
preschool
Gabby teaching preschool at our house
preschool

The YWAM kids!