Jaco Team

August 17, 2009

 

Surf Camp

Surf Camp

 Our team from the children at risk school has been living in Jaco for 7 weeks now.  They put on a surf camp during the school break, have been doing an after school club, and working with a tutoring program for children that live in an impoverished area by the river. They’ve been putting their hearts and souls into getting to know the children and youth of the town and sharing the love of Christ in many different ways.  Scott went down to visit this weekend.  He met some new amazing people working there and visited the church our team has been working with.  We are continuing to pray about moving there in the coming year.  Pray with us, because we still don’t have a clear answer.  There are also lots of exciting things happening here in San Jose, with the YWAM base getting a new property and moving hopefully by October!!! This is a huge answer to prayer as YWAM up this point has been renting two houses in the neighborhood and housing staff and students in cramped and crowded conditions.  It will be amazing to have an actual property to create a real university campus and it is the fulfillment of a promise and a vision.  Needless to say, we need clear direction as to what lies ahead for our family in the longterm.  For now, we’re super proud of this first children at risk school team and so thrilled to see and hear of the amazing work they are doing.


Birthday Madness

August 17, 2009

Among the staff on the YWAM base right now we have a total of 18 kids!  And 5 of them, including Jude and Ezra have birthdays right around the beginning of August.  If you think about having a group of 18 kids, that means for any birthday party or event – well, the guest list is set!  And before you even begin, you already have a LARGE party.  This year we collaborated as moms and came up with an “airplane” themed birthday party for four of the boys, we called it “Flight 2245,”  the numbers being the ages the boys are turning.  We had it at our house and opened it up to all staff and students.  With the creative genius of Sarah, the culinary talents of Sara, and the party house of the Freemans, it was a very special day for four very special boys, and they got to share it with their closest friends.  (and can I just say, it is waaay easier doing a birthday party with 3 moms working together!  It was a blessing for me especially because I’m just not having my normal energy level, but I still wanted to do something cool for the boys!)

Naomi helping Jude play bus, bus, airplane

Naomi helping Jude play "bus, bus, airplane"

Ezzy inspired to fly!

Ezzy inspired to "fly!"