CRS

November 28, 2009

We are in the process of planning the second children at risk school in Costa Rica which will start January 2010.  I am really excited to lead another school.  Since Leslie and I’s heart is to help children at risk, and we as two people can help only a limited amount of children, I get excited about running this school where we will train and equip people who will be rescuers of children and people who will speak out for those who are unable to speak out for themselves.  One of the toughest parts of working with children at risk is the sheer overwhelming numbers of them in horrible, desperate situations.  The more people we make aware and motivate to get out there and do something the more of these children we can reach.

God has given Leslie and I a heart for children.  We want to see them be able to live the lives that God intended for them – with a family, a place where they can feel safe and loved, where they can be free to be the children that they are.  The Bible is full of scriptures that talk about how much God cares for the orphan, widows and poor.  The two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.  James 1:27 says, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”  In this amazing scripture I think “the world corrupting” means you become so caught up in your own needs, so self focused, that you no longer see the lost, hurting, dying people all around you.  The fact is Cain was wrong – we are our brothers keeper.

The children at risk school embraces this fact.  People come to this school with their eyes wide open to the needs and they want to be better equipped to more effectively reach these hurting kids out there.  Our goal is to see that this happens.  We are bringing in speakers for the 12 week lecture phase speaking on a wide range of topics concerning at risk children to give these students a greater understanding and the confidence to know they can make a difference.

We also know that there is a spiritual realm and a battle surrounding these children and so we appreciate your prayers in this planning process so that this school will be successful.  Thanks and God bless,

-Scott


Compassion

November 26, 2009

Some students, staff and I at our Thanksgiving dinner

This is the final week of the Discipleship Training School that started in July.  It is hard to believe that the five month school (3 months lecture, 2 months outreach) is over.   It was just amazing to see students come in from different countries and backgrounds and watch God get a hold of their lives.  I mean lives literally transformed right before your eyes.

The outreach was here in Costa Rica.  The students were able to experience many things – evangelism, running church services, reaching out to at risk youth and children, working to help people by building a house, digging a ditch and other acts of service.  These guys really jumped in and applied the things they learned in lecture phase.  These guys get it.  They are not going to people who just love God with their words, but with actions.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  James 2: 14-17

It has been my honor and privilege to be a part of these students lives as the DTS leader and I look forward to hearing what they will do from here.

– Scott

Reaching out to children

Rossela loving some children on outreach

Worship at the inauguration of our new property

Celebrating and praying for our new property

(Photos by Annie Blakeslee and David Wright)


Love thy neighbor is not a piece of advice, but a command

November 14, 2009

Bono says it well.  This video is pretty awesome!

 

Lord I’ve said I want to serve You
I’ve been so eager to love
And how I’ve longed so much to find You, just to be where You are
But it seems I’ve forgot
Where You are and what You look like
I hear Your words speak to me as You remind me again
You’re among the poor
You’re close to the broken
The least of these, the lowest of the low
You’re among the weak
The hungry, the thirsty
As I do unto them, I’ve done unto You
We are Your people, we bear Your name
God we claim to seek Your ways
But have we neglected Your cries
Have we looked past Your face?

-Jeremy Riddle