Just wanted to share a friend’s blog about his time spent here with us in Jaco!
The 6 month internship for Children at Risk school is officially completed! Here is the video that Isaac and Daniel shared at the Wednesday meeting at YWAM San Jose. It’s been an amazing 6 months!
One thing God challenged me with when we arrived in Costa Rica three years ago was to always extend hospitality. So it’s something I’ve always tried to be faithful to, no matter our budget, and no matter how short we are – to always offer, food, drink or whatever I have to any guests in my house at any time. Well, we have a pretty busy household that’s often full of people, and there have been evenings I’ve fed 9 – 10 people or more on the spur of the moment. Incredibly, those become the cherished moments in our lives.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
Things have been pretty tight financially lately. This month in particular I’ve just been noticing the Lord providing in the most unusual and surprising ways! It’s important to stop, reflect and share these small miracles of life. For instance, while cleaning out some books I found $20. That same week Scott found $20 in the pocket of some shorts. Our students, who are missionaries themselves, surprised us with an offering of $100. Then on Saturday a mysterious pizza was delivered at our doorstep for lunch! And now, I was just sitting here, browsing the empty fridge and thinking about buying groceries, when my neighbor pops in with a hot dish of lunch for the whole family. Isn’t that just incredible? I feel the Lord encouraging me to trust in Him, continue to be generous and put worry or fear aside.
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Luke 12:24
So some of you may have heard about the crazy we storm we had out here – with flooding and landslides all over Costa Rica. It’s been pretty crazy! A huge portion of the town was flooded. One of the communities we’ve been working with had to be evacuated from their homes and live in a shelter for four days. Lots of craziness. But sunny skies are back today and things are drying up. Keep praying for these families as they deal with the damage from the aftermath of this storm.
This month Leslie and I attended a marriage seminar at YWAM San Jose led by Jack Kody. Here’s some of the main things I learned.
So that’s just a little list of some of the things that we talked about. It was a really good time to let God do some work in our hearts and to take time out to really focus on these things. We can do ministry, but what will it profit us or anyone if our family falls apart in the process?
Sunglasses and hat – I cannot leave home without it!
As many of you know I had a growth in my right eye called a ptyrigium. It is caused by exposure to the sun, wind and basically being out in the elements. The one in my eye was beginning to grow onto the cornea, and if left unchecked these things will grow all the way over the pupil causing blindness in the affected eye. Thank you to Leslie, Nancy and everyone who forced me into the hospital to have the surgery to remove it.
On October 10th at eight am I had the very uncomfortable surgery. It took everything I had not to jump off that table and run away. I have never had contacts or anything so having someone poking around in my eye was almost too much for me. Thanks God that everything went well and they fixed it. The next week was really rough and the eye looked and felt pretty horrible and I had lots of doubts that it would ever recover but it has been almost a month and it looks better than it has in years. Thank you to Horizon Christian Fellowship and everyone who made this possible.