We had a wonderful week sharing in Kershaw and in Charleston with family and friends. On Wednesday night we went to Charlesboro Baptist church. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and encouragement. My dad’s dental assistant Darlene set this up with her church. Please pray for Darlene’s mom, by the way. Darlene was not able to attend on Wednesday night because earlier on Wednesday she had to take her mother to the hospital. She has congestive heart failure. Please pray for her health and her family as they serve her during this. We were sad that Darlene could not be there. However, we were met with love and warmth from the congregation there. Jacob and I seem to change our presentation every time that we do it, but it went well. We made new friends and partners in the Lord’s work in Costa Rica.
We left Kershaw on Thursday afternoon and headed to John’s Island, SC to stay with my cousin Kim and her husband Gary while we waited to speak at their church on Saturday. We arrived in good time to arroz con pollo or rice and chicken. A wonderful typical Costa Rican meal. The kids were shy upon first arriving, but soon they opened up. They got their own room to sleep in and amazingly after story time they went right to sleep. Kim had hooked us up with preparations for the beach. Benjamin and Lizzie Grace had only been to the beach one time before this and Sophia had never been. So we set off early on Friday to Kiawah beach for the morning. The kids were so cute. They thought that it looked like a big sand box. They went in the ocean, and there was a small stream of water where the water was running back to the ocean from high tide that made a perfect “kiddy ocean!” We built a sand castle, even though we did not have any buckets or shovels. Then we had a picnic with the preparations that Kim provided at the beach. At Kim’s house we had no cell phone signal and no internet, so it was nice to relax and play with the kids with no interruptions.
On Saturday we met with friends and family at Kim’s church where we shared our calling with them. It went well. It was sad though because we will probably not be back in the Charleston area before we leave for Costa Rica. We were greatly encouraged though by the love and support that was shared while we were there. Thank you to those of you who came and for those of you who prayed for us as we travel. Thank you most of all to our Lord and Savior for loving us so that we can love others.