Just a little testimony…

November 29, 2008

Getting down to the end of the month here and this is the closest we’ve come financially to not being able to pay our bills.  Adding to this dilemma was a little car incident Scott had a few weeks past.  It was pouring rain and Scott drove to pick the boys up from in school in our van.  As he was leaving visibility was really bad on the very narrow road and he scraped a teacher’s car.  We had just received the bill and it was going to cost $100.   Yesterday Scott took the last of our cash out of the ATM and went to try to make it stretch to pay bills and pay off this $100.  He went by the school in the morning and the teacher whose car it was approached him.  She said she had been praying the night before and God told her not to take any money from Scott.  !!!!  Amazing.   God is so good.  And this is coming from a Costa Rican woman who is living on a preschool teacher’s salary, and so we know it was a stretch of faith for her to say that.  We can just see God at work taking care of us and encouraging us.


DTS comes to a close

November 26, 2008
The DTS and staff at the closing ceremony

The DTS and staff at the closing ceremony

The DTS group that started in July has officially come to a close, ending with a “love feast” or special dinner and closing ceremony on Saturday.  With the base being so crowded, we had many of the students staying at our home over the weekend, sleeping on floors and couches.  It was a fun and sad weekend, saying goodbye, but looking ahead at where they are all going and what they will be doing.  Many will be back in January to take other schools or staff positions, some are heading to University in the States, others are off to different countries and new missions.  Over all, the DTS was a huge success and looking back at the testimonies of lives changed, hearts healed, and wonderful friendships made – it’s been a priviledge to be a part of it all. 

Scott and his staff team

Scott and his staff team

Leslie with the girls she had one-on-ones with

Leslie with the girls she had "one-on-ones" with

Scott handing out certificates

Scott handing out certificates

The closing ceremony

The closing ceremony

Praying for each other and saying goodbye

Praying for each other and saying goodbye

What a special group of young people.  We’ll always keep them in our hearts and prayers.


DNA Conference

November 26, 2008

 This past week YWAM San Jose hosted an international conference for Central and South America. 260 missionaries gathered from over 30 nations for five days of teaching, worship, praying together and receiving new vision and clarity.

 Praying for the nations

Praying for the nations

Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM

Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM

It was amazing to have the founder of our mission, Loren Cunningham, with us at the conference to encourage this region, align our vision and encourage our unity as a mission. It was truly an incredible time.

worship times

wrapped up in flags

Strategizing

fun with flags after the parade of nations

We all worked together to help make this conference successful. Scott helped with transportation, driving people and things to and from the airport to the conference center and back again.

Leslie having fun with the kids

I, (Leslie)helped with kids program. It was such a fun time to be with children from all over the region, we even had a few girls from indigenous tribes in Panama. We held a “mini” DNA conference for the children where we taught them the same principles being taught in the adult sessions. They had so much fun dancing, singing and learning some of YWAM’s foundational values, like hearing God’s voice and how we started as a mission. My favorite time was being able to pray over each child and helping the children pray for each other to hear God’s voice and dream His dreams. Kai, Ezzy and Jude had such a fun week with all the kids, they didn’t want to leave at the end of it.
Kai enjoying his mini DNA conference

Kai enjoying his "mini" DNA conference


Our children at risk training program… starting in January.

November 26, 2008

DTS Outreach in Panama

November 1, 2008

The DTS that Scott led just got back from one month in Panama.  They had an amazing month living with an indigenous tribe.  They did a lot of hands on work helping the tribe with water purification and construction.  They also had lots of children’s ministry and time to build relationships and share their faith.   It was a stretching, growing and challenging time, and they all came back with stories of God’s faithfulness.  We’ve had two days with them to pray and encourage them and send them off to Talamanca, a remote jungle region of Costa Region where they will be serving the struggling local churches.  Keep them in your prayers!