The Lord has shown us the house that we are going to start renting to begin our ministry! Two weeks ago, my tica friend Yoko handed me a paper out of the blue with a name and number on it. She said that she had a long time family friend that has a house in the “campo” of Cartago and this was his name and number and we should call him. Later that week, I reminded Jacob to call Yoko’s friend, his name is Jorge. So Jacob called him two Friday nights ago. Jorge was excited to hear from us and offered to take us the next morning. So on Saturday the kids went to stay with some friends while Jacob, Kelsey and I loaded up in Jorge’s truck and headed to the house!
We were in the car for quite some time and were wondering the whole time if the house was going to be as nice as we were told it was. He said it was a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house. With a big kitchen, dining room and an outside kitchen. And best of all, he kept using the word farm. He said that it had turkeys and geese and lots of fruit trees and coffee plants. We were so excited needless to say! When we passed the statue of Jesus up on Irazu we began to time the trip. After about 40 mintues and an unbelievably beautiful trip through what becomes the cloud forest, we arrived at the quinta (or small farm)! It was like a dream! It was completely beautiful! Everything and more than we ever dreamed we would want. To this point, we had not asked the price and were beginning to think, “Oh no, we have come all this way and there is no way we can afford this!” But we continued to look around and ask questions. His previous explanation did not even compare to the beauty of the land! It is like a paradise where someone can think by themselves and be with the Lord all at the same time. If teams were in, there is enough space to be with the group or off by yourself, checking out the fruit trees or just listening to nature and God. A place where people can come and minister to the people of Costa Rica and be ministered to by the beauty of the land. A place of contemplation and praise.
Last wendnesday we borrowed some friends’ car and picked up Francisco to take him to the house. As most of you know, we have desired for Francisco to be part of our family. He is such a wonderful minister to the people of Cot and we have all along hoped that we would be able to find a house big enough for him to be able to stay with us. So his opinion of the place was important to us. When we arrived, he absolutely loved the place too! He was so excited with us about all of the possibilities for the property! So today we have finally worked out an agreement for rental with Jorge and we have the house!!!
He is going to allow us to transform one area in the back (that he had originally built for a jakuzzi) in to a bunk room and the garage into another bunk room, even though we are just renting. This is such a blessing and we feel this is where the Lord wants us to move to. Here are some pictures!