a day at the river

May 16, 2010

Yesterday I was at the River playing with some kids there. They kept jumping on my back and hanging on there. It is  pretty hot and tiring having kids jumping on you like that so I thought that I would try a new strategy to get them to stop.  Every time a kid  jumped on my back I would swing them around to the front and rock them like a baby and sing them lullabyes and say that they were my baby and it was time to sleep. It worked really well and the kids would be scrambling to get away.  They quickly moved on to doing other things but when they had all gone away one little boy came back and looked up at me and said ” su bebe” (your baby) so I picked him up and rocked him and sang lullabyes to him and the entire time he was so still and just looking up at me, man, I had to really fight back the tears to see this little guy who was so starving for affection, it was so unexpected, I was really caught off guard.


Prayer for Jaco

May 9, 2010

You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

You’re the Light in this darkness
You’re the Hope to the hopeless
You’re the Peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here

-Chris Tomlin

We’ve been singing this song in worship.  It’s a song that I was looking at and it really stood out as a prayer for Jaco.  I found out from one of my students that the guys who wrote this song wrote it in Pattaya, Thailand, which is a town known for prostitution, very similar to here.   So, it’s very relevant to what is going on here in Jaco.  Many people are even saying that Costa Rica is the new Thailand.   We’re singing this and declaring it here in Jaco.