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Quick MMBC Update! :)

We have had a great week so far with the group from Mount Moriah Baptist Church!  They have been sharing their testimonies and leading Bible studies!

We had a great Sunday! We had over some of the people attending Jacob’s Bible studies. We had a big chili lunch! Everyone gathered around our big picnic table and ate together like a family! We all chatted together and it was really neat to see everyone interacting! The kids then played and ran around the yard and all the adults sat around and talked and shared and got to know eachother better! Really a time of growing as a family! 

Saturday we had the women’s tea! It went really well. I translated, which went better than I expected and everyone seemed to have a great time! Lizzie and Sophia had made a cake and brownies which the ladies seemed to really enjoy! None of them had ever had brownies before and they ate them all, which made Lizzie and Sophia really happy with their accomplishments!! I have been taking them around with me to buy groceries and showing them how to pick out the good veg and fruit and teaching them to bake and cook, so they really enjoyed others eating their food! Lynn and Shelia had baked with them the night before the cake and the brownies, so it was fun all around. The team seems to be having a great time and are really encouraging us!! We have really been blessed by them!

Oh, and we played with the kids in lower Cipreses Saturday morning. Everyone had a great time, however, Greg seems to have pulled his hamstring and is hurting pretty bad. I am sure that he would love your prayers for less pain and healing. Tomorrow Gus, Shelia, Greg and Lynn are going to Orosi and the rest of us are keeping on keeping on. 

Such an exciting week behind us and ahead of us! I tried out my lesson on them for the conference. They seemed to think it went well. But I am continuing to work on it! OK, that was alot!!

Please keep us all in your prayers!  Please also keep Jacob’s sister Lynn as she was hospitalized last week and the doctors are still trying to figure out what all is going on.  She is back home now.

As far as our financial situation, we will not know anything until we get our financial reports from Global Outreach at the beginning of March.  Thank you for all of your prayers and encoragement!  We love you all!

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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He is faithful

This is a blog that we were hoping not to write.  But in the end, we want to show how God can work and, we fully believe, will work all of this out for His glory.  So I will tell you all about yesterday.  God’s timing is perfect.  His ways are perfect.  And all He does is good and for His glory…..

Yesterday, Jacob went to do the Bible study up in Santa Rosa.  It is a Bible study that he has had up there for the past 6 months or so.  While he was gone, I received an email that we had been waiting on because it was either going to be really amazing or show us that the Lord was going to have to do something really amazing in the near future.  I opened it, and my stomach dropped.  It was not as we had hoped and it was going to take God to move in the situation in an amazing way and I started waiting on Jacob to arrive so that I could deliver the news.  He is usually gone to this study for 2 hours….the time ticked by…..it was now around 3 hours when he finally came through the door……

He was beaming.  He was beside himself, so excited.  He said he had great news!  He said that a young man named Nelson had prayed to receive Christ and to quote Nelson, “Hoy es el dia de salvacion!”  Today is the day of salvation!  We were praising the Lord and still are for this latest new brother in Christ!  Thank you Lord, salvation is from you and your free gift!  🙂

Now it was my turn to share my news….. For the first time since 2008, we are without funds and actually have a negative balance with Global Outreach.  We have been running $1000 short a month, however, each time we have gotten low, the Lord has sent thousands of dollars to replenish our funds without us saying a word or asking for it.  We had been praying that this would be the case again.  In God’s providence this has not happened.  Not only were we $1000 short as usual, but we were short around $2000 in January, which completely depleted our funds.   

We sat the kids down.  Talked to them about the situation.  Then all 5 of us prayed together.  (So sweet to hear the kids pray – even more in that they prayed first for my health and second for God’s provision and guidance in this situation)  We were overwhelmed by God’s peace. 

It was like He was telling us, “Just wait and watch.  You are in my hands, so are your finances and I love the Ticos and I love you so don’t take up this burden.  Leave it with me.  You keep doing the work and I’ll keep providing.”

We have decided to share about our finances with you all because we want you all to be able to rejoice with us when we are able to return to Costa Rica after our time in the States.  We want you all to see God’s hand at work.  

What do we need?  One thing….we need you all to pray.  Please join us in praying over this and we will keep you posted.  🙂

Another prayer request is that we are hosting our second team next week!  We are so excited about that!  A group is coming from our home church Mount Moriah Baptist and it includes Jacob’s parents (the kids are counting down the days)!  Please pray for this team’s work here.  They will be here from the 15th – 25th!   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9h8SEDqJXM

Thank you in advance for your prayers.  Let’s rest in the Lord and watch His faithful hand work.  We love you all.  His Joy is our strength.  Our main message to the Ticos is salvation by grace and faith alone.  And we will remain here working with them by God’s grace.  To Him be the glory and honor.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Some Photos from this past week!

I was able to find some photos from this past week on fb and copied them on here to share with you guys. 
The ticos of Costa Rica are so precious to us!
We hope you enjoy these!
This is just a glimpse!
God is AWESOME!! 
 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

A night we will treasure and our week with Glenwood!

Not sure if I can adequately put into words the experiences of this past week!  But I will try.  🙂

A team of 14 arrived from Glenwood Baptist in Easley, SC this past Tuesday.  They immediately set to work with a visit to Victor and Melba’s (the orphanage we work with) and we all met up to firm up plans for the week.  Through out their week, they did prayer walking in different villages, led Bible studies with families we currently already have studies with, visited with new families, played with the children near the Bible studies, worked in our house with different projects and worked on our car.  We also planned a time for all of the people that Jacob does Bible studies with each week to get together for the first time to meet eachother and worship together for the first time.  We have had this on our hearts for some time, but for one reason or another, have not been able to do it.  I wrote up invitations and as Jacob and the team went out, they passed out the invitations to those he has been working with…… Dale McCoig (pastor of Glenwood Baptist and this team’s leader) wrote about the days events.  I am going to paste it here….

God’s work IN us today has been – according to everyone on the team – INDESCRIBABLE!!!
 
So because of that here are just a few details from our day.
 
Today we sought to be a blessing to the Guzman children by providing Happy Meals and a fun time at “the ranch.” But, since there were twenty-six very precious children and Mrs. Melba, we were outnumbered and were the ones who were truly blessed!:)!
 
This evening we had an amazing worship experience! Jacob and Courtenay were not the only ones shedding tears of joy and praise as more than fifty Tico’s from different home Bible study groups worshipped together for the very first time. Included in the experience were Marco, who became a disciple of Christ on Tuesday, and Luis, who became a disciple of Christ yesterday! It is impossible for most of us to do. But just try to imagine becoming a new follower of Jesus – leaving behind your sin, your family’s beliefs, and a lifetime of tradition – and having no church family to love you, encourage you and help you grow in your faith. This is the reality of the new believers who come to Christ here on Irazu. This desperate reality is what caused Jacob and Courtenay to be given the vision by our Lord of tonight’s worship celebration. We are praying that the connections made tonight will be used by God to birth a church for His newly adopted children in this area.  
PLEASE PRAY…because “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”!
 

This night was the culmination of many people’s work and years of it.  It has been on the hearts of many that a church will one day be created here on Irazu.  There are so many people that I wish could have shared this night with us.  But I know that you were with us in spirit and prayer.  I hope I never forget this night.  Thank you to all of you that support us prayerfully and financially so that these people can continue to grow in the Lord and one day develop a church.  Our prayer is that this is just the beginning. 

Psalm 67

 1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face shine on us
2 so that your ways may be known on earth,
   your salvation among all nations.

 3 May the peoples praise you, God;
   may all the peoples praise you.
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you rule the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations of the earth.
5 May the peoples praise you, God;
   may all the peoples praise you.

 6 The land yields its harvest;
   God, our God, blesses us.
7 May God bless us still,
   so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

  Glenwood Team Jan 2011

 

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Costa Rica Christmas 2010

Please watch our newest video!

Many of you know that we work with very special orphanage in Costa
Rica run by Victor and Melba Guzman.  Well, this past September Scot
Farris and I discussed how we could bless the orphanage for Christmas!
And boy did many of you guys answer our call for them!!  I have made
a video of our Christmas at the orphanage!!  We were able to not only
buy each child their very own toy, but also purchase them new blankets
and pillows and treat them to KFC (a big treat because there are 38
people in the family, not to mention the volunteers!), and we got them
a new set of bunks for one of the boys room!!  It was one of the
funnest things we have been a part of and you guys made it possible!!
Thank you to all of you that participated and for all of you that
support us so that we can be there and help facilitate ministries and
blessings like this!!  God is so good!!

Here is a link to watch this video!!  This is my first attempt at
putting videos on YouTube!!

Isaiah 9:6 (New International Version, ©2010)

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 41 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 119 posts. There were 55 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 105mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 29th with 506 views. The most popular post that day was My lovely right leg!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, globaloutreach.org, and android-vs-ipad.co.cc.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for folk family missions, gallo pinto history, history of gallo pinto, folk family, and kids beach.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

The history of Gallo Pinto September 2008
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2

Videos September 2010
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3

Adventures in Panama Part 2 November 2008
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4

Photos from Before and After the Costa Rican Earthquake January 2009
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Our week with the World Racers!!

The World Race TeamWe had the privilege of working along side a team from the World Race this past week!  These young people spend 11 months in 11 different countries serving the Lord!!  It is a fantastic organization and this group represented their organization fabulously!!  We have experienced unusual cold temperatures in Costa Rica this week, however, we were still able to get a lot accomplished!!  The team shared their testimonies in the Bible studies in Cipreses and Santa Rosa!  They also did some planting with Jorge and also help dig out new irrigation for the new plants.  They also got to go the Victor and Melba’s house and visit and love on the children there!!  They also made us the welcome sign that you see in this picture!  This group just brought us so much joy and they expressed God’s love to everyone they came across with their joy!!  When I think of them, I just think of the joy of the Lord shining!!  🙂

You guys know how I love to cook and so I also cooked them a Christmas feast since they did not know for sure how they would be spending Christmas!!  I look forward to keeping up with these guys and seeing how the Lord uses their journey over the next 9 months!!

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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