Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends and Family,

             Merry Christmas from sunny and hot Costa Rica!  Even though we are far away, our hearts are with you at this time of year.  It’s a time when we are especially full of gratefulness as we reflect on the year that is rapidly coming to a close.

            We started the year out leading our second Children at Risk School, training more skilled workers and advocates for children that are in desperate situations all around the world.  An integral part of the training program is the six month internship.  This year instead of sending teams out, we went with them!  We moved our whole family and a team of five young people to Jaco, Costa Rica.

            Jaco is a town renowned for prostitution, drugs and partying.  The impoverished children and youth are on a fast track straight into this lifestyle.  We are excited to be here; to live and work with the children and their families, sharing the love of Jesus and offering hope for another way.  We hope to stay here for many years to come, investing into this community and bringing lasting change.  We have lots of plans for the coming year and we would love to talk with you about it more.

            This year Kai turned 7, Jude 3, Ezzy 5 and Koa 1.   Our lives are so full.  These boys bring so much joy, energy and life into our home.   We are finishing our first year of homeschool and the benefits have been rich.  It’s been difficult at times for us, figuring out how to make it work, but it has been worth it.  Our kids are thriving, growing, learning and healthy.   We couldn’t be more thankful.

            It is always amazing to look back on the year and see the way God has provided for our every need.  We do not receive a salary for the work we do and rely on the support of family and friends.  Thank you for partnering with us and being such a vital part of our ministry, we couldn’t do this work without you and we’re so grateful for you.

            May your holiday season be filled with cherished moments, family, friends, food and memories to hold on to the whole year through.  And don’t forget to keep in touch!

With Love,

Scott, Leslie, Kai, Ezra, Jude and Koa

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