September 27, 2010

Our neighbor right across the street is the assistant Pastor of Calvary Chapel here in Jaco, he also does the music every Sunday.   He and his family had planned a trip to go back to the States to visit family for a little over two weeks.  He asked me if I could do the music for the two Sunday’s he would miss.  I said yeah sure, I’ll do it, thinking I would get one or two of the guys from up in ywam San Jose who are really good to help me and it would be no big deal.  Well I went up there and none of them could do it, YIKES!!!   I couldn’t even remember the last time that I led worship by myself, I always do it with someone who is really good and that really helps me relax, kind of lean on them, well not this time!!

So I started preparing for the first Sunday. The service is bilingual so I needed songs in English and Spanish and I had to make sure that I did songs that everyone knew or at least had heard before.  I watched tons of youtube video’s of Spanish worship songs to make sure my pronunciation was good when I sang. Well the day before another neighbor who just so happens to Pastor another church here in Jaco asked me if I could lead the worship time for his English service the next day. His service is at 8 am and Calvary Chapel is at 10 am so I said yes. 

 So I basically just took the songs that I was doing in English at Calvary and did them at the English service then borrowed the Pastors car and went to the other service. Everything went really good. The amazing thing was that I had been fighting off a cold and my voice was really bad the night before and the morning of and it did not affect anything.  It was a real encouragment to me to have many of the Latino’s tell me after that they really enjoyed the worship and one lady said that my pronunciation was amazing!!!  So thank you Jesus.  The truth is the only reason I learned how to play the guitar was so I could worship God on my own not needing a CD or worship service you know. So what an  honor to be able to lead these people in worshipping our God.

The next Sunday, yesterday, went really well too thanks God!!! It is really cool how when we step out of our comfort zone God can step in and make us shine. He really is our strength when we are weak.



September 27, 2010

I had the opportunity to teach in the Biblical Core Course up in San Jose. I taught the book of Kings which I had taught a couple of times before.  The difference in teaching in this school is that it is an inductive bible study course, so when you are teaching  you don’t just teach what’s in the book, you give background, explain different things ex. What is the role of a prophet.  but the goal is for the students to discover the main points of the book on their own, and I have to discover creative way for them to do that.  I taught for three days and had a great time.  The students were all amazing and you could really see their desire to gain a greater understanding of God’s word.

I spent a lot of time studying and researching for this teaching so that it would be really good for the students and it was amazing how God brought fresh revelation to me of  His goodness and his faithfulness to His stubborn people.  So thanks to YWAM San Jose for this opportunity.   When I teach I always wonder how it was, and I was wondering this time as well.   At the end of my teaching Melinda, who brought the school here to Costa Rica,  told Douglas,  who will be leading the school next year,  make sure to book Scott for next year, and not just for three days for a whole week,  and later she asked me,  would you be interested in teaching in Australia if we fly you out?  She said she would talk to the discipleship training school about splitting the cost so that would mean teaching one week in the BCC and one week in the DTS.  So basically all of this told me that my teaching went pretty well,   thank you JESUS!!!!

Scott Teaching

September 24, 2010

We spent the week in San Jose while Scott taught on 1 and 2 Kings in the Biblical Core Course at YWAM San Jose. 




photos by Jaymie Hayward

August News

September 2, 2010

Read about our August, just click the picture.

Our Healer

September 1, 2010

  YWAM is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year.   We spent a few days in San Jose to take part in the celebration for Central America.  Loren and Darlene Cunningham, our founders came.  We were really excited about being a part of this time.  I(Leslie) was set to help out with the kids program. 

During the two hour drive from Jaco into the city Ezra began complaining about his stomach hurting.  As the day wore on, he was complaining more frequently.  By the evening it was clear he was not well.  He spent a fitful night and in the morning I took him to the doctor.   The doctor examined him and suspected apendicitis.  I have had my apendix out, so I know what that looks like.  As she was doing the exam, I got tears in my eyes watching the pain he was in.  I was pretty convinced that it was apendicitis and feeling so sad for my boy.  The doctor immediately sent us to a specialist.  We did blood tests, a sonogram and all signs were pointing towards a diagnosis of apendicitis and surgery.  After many hours at the hospital the doctor said she would release us to spend the night at home and have us return in the morning for one final exam and then the surgery.  Ezra was not allowed to eat anything in preparation for surgery.   What a shock this was.  I felt so bad for my boy and truly didn’t want him to have to go through this.  It was even harder because we were staying with friends and not in our own home.

Well, that night our friend Vanessa came into the bedroom and began to pray for Ezra.  She was praying such a prayer of faith and asking for Ezra to be healed.  I sat with her with my hands on Ezra praying in agreement with her.  As we prayed I watched Ezra’s body begin to relax.  He drifted off into a peaceful sleep.  He slept the entire night without waking up.  I even had to wake him in the morning to go to the doctor.  He woke up in the car and I looked at him and asked, “How’s your tummy?” 

He looked at me and replied with a question mark in his face, as if wondering why I was asking that.   “Jesus healed me,” he said.  “Last night when Vanessa prayed, Jesus healed me.” 

The doctor examined him again, but there were no longer any symptoms.  With puzzlement, the doctor released us.  Ezzy was healed!  So, in the end, we did miss most of the conference, but we’re overwhelmingly thankful that we were able to see the healing hand of our God and that we didn’t have to see our son go through surgery and spend several days in the hospital.

“O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.”  Psalm 30:2

  Praise the LORD, O my soul;
       all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

  Praise the LORD, O my soul,
       and forget not all his benefits-

  who forgives all your sins
       and heals all your diseases,

 who redeems your life from the pit
       and crowns you with love and compassion,

 who satisfies your desires with good things
       so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

  The LORD works righteousness
       and justice for all the oppressed.

  He made known his ways to Moses,
       his deeds to the people of Israel:

 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
       slow to anger, abounding in love.

 He will not always accuse,
       nor will he harbor his anger forever;

  he does not treat us as our sins deserve
       or repay us according to our iniquities.

 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
       so great is his love for those who fear him;

  as far as the east is from the west,
       so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

  As a father has compassion on his children,
       so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

  for he knows how we are formed,
       he remembers that we are dust.

 As for man, his days are like grass,
       he flourishes like a flower of the field;

  the wind blows over it and it is gone,
       and its place remembers it no more.

 But from everlasting to everlasting
       the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
       and his righteousness with their children’s children-

 with those who keep his covenant
       and remember to obey his precepts.

 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
       and his kingdom rules over all.

 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
       you mighty ones who do his bidding,
       who obey his word.

 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
       you his servants who do his will.

  Praise the LORD, all his works
       everywhere in his dominion.
       Praise the LORD, O my soul.

Psalm 103