July 23, 2009
Children’s program at Salvation Army
Loving children in need
Picking up trash in local parks
Feeding the homeless
Being Christ’s hands and feet in San Jose.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
July 17, 2009
We just finished two weeks of school holidays. The boys and I spent sunshiney mornings at the park, mostly bug collecting and playing with neighborhood kids. The afternoons were rainy, and so we read stories, colored and inside games. The boys headed back to school Monday, a little reluctantly, but excited to see their friends. Tuesday morning I dropped the boys off only to be met by teachers with surgical masks on, alerting parents that all schools are closed for two more weeks – a precautionary measure decreed by the government of Costa Rica because of the swine flu. Wow! Two more weeks! Definitely means more work for me, but it’s also a fun time because all the kids are out of school – including the YWAM kids. I love the YWAM kids. They may look like gringos, but these kids are little ticos and they’re all bilingual, some even trilingual! I love having them over and watching the kids all play, switching back and forth between Spanish and English, the creativity, the silly games they come up with all together. They truly are like a little family. We went a little wild today, so I had to post some pictures!
Kai loves how this fabric flows behind him like a cape – he’s been wearing it for a few days now
Kai the superhero!
He can fly!
Quesitos picnic – the cape is now a picnic blanket
Moving inside and getting creative
busy working on projects
Meanwhile Jude started this game – he pulled all the cushions off the couches. Great idea, Jude, let’s go!
Me too! weeeee!
what could be more fun than a huge pile of couch cushions?
Phew! What a day – and we’ll do it all over again tomorrow.
July 16, 2009
I am teaching this week about the nature and character of God. What an amazing topic. Just looking at how huge God is and yet how intimate he wants to be with us. I’ve been doing lots of exercises so the students have to get in there and look in the Bible and figure out the answer for themselves, rather than me just telling them a bunch of stuff. So it’s really awesome to see them just diving in there and doing it. God has met me in the preparation and it’s been a really cool time of discovering new things about Him as I prepare. These first three days have been awesome and I’ve been loving it. The students are amazing. Two days to go…!
Digging into the Bible
July 16, 2009
I received a surprising call yesterday morning from my good friend and base leader, Mar. We’re both expecting, so it’s been fun to talk baby and share our struggles and go through some of the same things together. She’s having her third and her due date is the end of this month. So she calls and says, “guess where I am?” I’m so clueless and thinking, I don’t know, at the store? “I’m at the hospital.” “What???!!!” Her water broke in the middle of the night and she had been at the hospital since about 2 a.m. As soon as I found out they were starting a drip to induce labor, I called one of the dts staff, Anna, to come watch the boys so I could get to the hospital. Here in YWAM we don’t have our families around us so we become family to each other. I called a taxi and rushed down there as fast as I could. I arrived about 10 minutes after she had the baby! It was so fast. I walked into her hospital room and couldn’t hold back the tears. Mar looked absolutley amazing – and her baby girl, Tessa, is just perfect. I spent a special day at the hospital just holding the baby, chatting with Sarah and letting mom and dad get some rest. It was so peaceful and so special, a day I will cherish forever. Seeing a new life come into this world and holding a sweet little newborn – not even hours old – in your arms is one of those amazing experiences in life that you never forget. It will be my turn next… November 1st! I can’t wait!
Welcome to the world, Tessa! We're so glad you're here!
Mommy and baby
July 5, 2009
I wasn’t paying attention today and when I walked into my bedroom I found Ezzy and Jude had gotten into my nail polish, which I mistakenly left out. This is what I found:
The Mess - luckily these are cheap IKEA sheets and not Egyptian Cotton
Ezzy's pink toes - I started to get mad, but I really couldn't help but laugh at his little pink toes. Especially because I remember him watching me so intently as I painted mine this morning
How sweet, Ezzy even painted Jude's toes for him
They're so proud of their work - silly boys
July 4, 2009
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
The amazing staff team! Angel (El Salvador), Rosela (Costa Rica), Scott, Anna (U.S.A.), Chove (El Salvador), Daniel (Mexico)
Arrival day - getting to know the new students. They have no idea what they're getting into... 🙂
Ezzy and Jude dancing at the welcome dinner