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Farmer Jacob

So for the last 3 or 4 weeks, Jacob has been going out to the farm with Andre and Manuel.  He has been going with them to help them harvest whatever is ready to be harvested.  It has offered him the opportunity to spend time with the guys in their environment and they have not only become better friends, but Jacob says that they love to discuss spiritual matters while they work.  It has been a time that all 3 seem to really enjoy and look forward to each week.  Apparently, Andre and Manuel are the only people around that grow bokchoy.  They have a big market for it in San Jose with some oriental restaurants.  They gifted us some a couple of weeks ago and instructed me on how to prepare it.  And I absolutely love it!!  It is so yummy!!  Well, at some point Jacob told Andre how much I loved it, so he has made sure that he sends some with Jacob each time they see each other!!  I am not complaining!!  I absolutely love it!!  Another benefit is that Jacob comes home each time with a small portion of what they have reaped…. bokchoy, carrots, radishes, cilantro, etc….

Here is a photo of this week’s portion….

Jacob's portion

We have found that we have so much that some has started to go bad before we can use it.  So another ministry has developed.  We have started to look in the fridge each week to determine what we cannot eat or use and Jacob takes it with him as he goes and visits people.  They seem to really appreciate it.  We have found a way to not only clean out our fridge, but also to help those who have less.  Win – win situation 🙂  I would encourage you to consider how much food you throw away each week and even if it is a small amount, is there someone that you could give it too that could be blessed by your sharing?  You too could keep a clean, organized refrigerator and also be blessing another family with your extras before they go bad.

Not only are Andre and Manuel benefiting spiritually by Jacob coming with them each week to help harvest their vegetables, but it is an extra worker basically on their farm.  Jacob is making their job easier by assisting them in their harvest.  It reminds me of Matthew 9:37-38 “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the Harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.'”  We firmly believe that each Christian is called to spread the gospel where the Lord has placed them.  He is harvesting all over the world.  Are you one of His workers?  Are you helping in The Harvest?  Would you ask the Lord of the Harvest to send you to where He needs a worker or workers?  Just some questions to ponder.

 Lizzie helping wash the veg!

Lizzie helping cut the veg!

Some of the washed and ready to steam veg!

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Posted by on October 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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We’re Back!!

We arrived safely in Costa Rica!!  Everyone’s prayers have been wonderfully answered, in that our arrival and flight went super smoothly!!!  The guy at immigration did not even question whether or not I had a ticket out of the country!!!  Jacob and the kids were waiting on us right as we were coming out of the airport.  The security guy had to hold Sophia back from running to us inside the airport!!  It was such a sweet moment!!  One thing I have noticed is that it is going to be pretty difficult to eat as a diabetic.  I have now gone to the grocery store and hopefully will be able to make it work.  Any suggestions will be appreciated!!!  We have been up to the new house!!  It is going to be fabulous!!  It just needs a good cleaning!! 

Please pray for me as I transition back into this environment.  The flight was pretty rough on my legs with all of the sitting.  We went back to the house and I laid down and rested immediately!!  I am still pretty sore today in my legs, but I am getting ready to go back to the house, get something to eat, and lay down.  I am so excited to be back!!

Love you all!!  We will keep you posted with the latest!!!

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Birthright soup

On Monday while we were doing our Bible time with our schooling, we were learning about Jacob and Esau and we discussed how Esau sold his birth right to Jacob for a bowl of lentil soup.  Well, the kids were like, “Wow, that must have been good soup if he was willing to sell his birthright for it.”  What is it?  Well, I have made lentil soup in the past and they did not like it, but they wanted to try this soup which Lizzie named “birthright soup.”  So yesterday I went to the store to buy the simple ingredients to make them soup and they absolutely loved it!!  Lizzie even said today that she hopes I can make more birthright soup in the future because it really is great.  How funny, with a new name, they love it.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Where has the time gone?

Wow!  It is August 8, 2009!  We have been in Costa Rica for one year today!!   That is so hard to believe.  We have one more week of language school before we graduate and we are spending the weekend with Enon Baptist on Irazu!  It seems that we have a mountain of things to do, accomplish, wrap up, find, buy, organize……before we return to the States on August 25th to raise our support for our second year on the mission field!  We have had such an amazing year.

When we arrived, I could not speak a lick of Spanish.  Now, my teacher has tested me and I received an “Advanced Low” in my ability to speak/fluency.  And that was one level higher than I initially thought I would receive, but hoped I would receive.  Jacob and I both can carry on conversations, listen and understand sermons and fully function here with our Spanish.  It was a lot of hard work and it has paid off.  Even today, I was able to translate for Pastor Scott and his wife Robin while the father of the orphanage we were visiting was explaining in Spanish the origins of their ministry.  It was such a big moment for me!!

This past week, Lizzie turned 6!  Benjamin will turn 8 tomorrow, and Sophia will be 4 on the 22nd!  It seems like they have grown tremendously since we have been here and it is so much fun to hear them use their Spanish.  Although I must say, they do not like to use it with Jacob and I (English only with us), but they use it with other children that they know only speak Spanish!!  They played with the children at the orphanage today and had no problem communicating with them!!

We are certainly looking forward to our next steps on the mission field!  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek and follow God’s direction in our lives.  Our goal is solely to serve Him and bring Him all the praise, glory and honor.

Here are some pictures that I have been slack about posting.  They are random times and photos….

Some of the girls and I at the goodbye party for Dawn and Tully!

Some of the girls and I at the goodbye party for Dawn and Tully!

Benja and his buddy Gabe!

Benja and his buddy Gabe!

Jacob and his friend Anthony!

Jacob and his friend Anthony!

Kite flying in a local park!

Kite flying in a local park!

A rare treat of going to Burger King with the kids after kite flying!

A rare treat of going to Burger King with the kids after kite flying!

A beautiful sunset off our front porch!

A beautiful sunset off our front porch!

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Lemonade is sweet, but….

God’s love is sweeter.   That was the theme this week of a group of 3 – 5 year olds from Columbia, South Carolina.  What does that have to do with us in Costa Rica?  Well, a friend of mine from high school, Ashley Lindler, messaged me on facebook a couple of weeks ago to ask if I could share over Skype with her group of 3 – 5 year olds from Columbia First Baptist summer camp.  I, of course, was happy to do that.  With the time difference of 2 hours between here and South Carolina, I would be able to speak with them at 7:30 here and miss just a few minutes of my first class.  Easy peasy!  They were just adorable!  Well, earlier in the week I had seen on facebook where Ashley had posted pictures of her children holding a lemonade stand with a sign that said, “Lemonade is sweet, but God’s love is even sweeter!”  How cute is that?  When I mentioned to them over Skype that I saw the pictures they told me that they were doing it to raise money for us!!  I was so shocked!  I started crying!  I think it is so amazing that these little ones were working so hard for missions here in Costa Rica!  They ended up doing 3 lemonade stands and raised a total of $277.46!!  Can you believe that?  These were 3, 4 and 5 year olds and they are making a difference for Christ at such an early age.  Their efforts will benefit missions in Costa Rica and the children that we are serving here!  That is why I think it brought me to tears….these little ones already working for the furthering of God’s kingdom and look what they did!!  So amazing!  What amazing lessons these little ones are learning and teaching!  Such a fabulous way to be spending their summer vacations.  I love the idea of getting kids and families involved in missions.  This has truly blessed me and my family.  And I am thinking that they may even inspire some of the readers of this blog….what do you think?

Here are some pictures of these cuties!!  Thank you guys so much!

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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A typical Saturday for us in San Francisco de Dos Rios

Every Saturday Jacob gets up really early and goes to the feria.  You can see a previous blog on that, but it is basically a farmer’s market that comes to a local park every Saturday and Jacob goes to buy our produce for the week.  And the kids and I stay at the house and get to sleep in.  Jacob meets a couple of his guy friends who are also in charge of buying their family’s produce and they meet at a make-shift “Soda” – like a small restaurant.  They (Jacob and his buddies) have named it “The Greasy Spoon.”  They eat gallo pinto (again, see a previous blog if you aren’t sure what that is), eggs and coffee.  The lady who cooks the food calls Jacob “Senor Corlantro” because he always wants extra corlantro (cilantro in English) in his gallo pinto.  And they sit around and have a good old time.  He does this each Saturday.

Well, the kids and I get to sleep in while he does this.  However, sometimes, Lizzie and Sophia get up before me.  They usually play something quietly until I wake up.  Then once I get up it is cleaning time.  Each Saturday is my day to clean, clean and clean some more.  See the thing is, many families in language school have what is called an empleada who comes each week and helps with the cooking and cleaning.  Well, Jacob and I don’t have one.  With the pressures of school and studying, the only day I really have to get the house clean is Saturday.  And for those of you who knew me before Costa Rica, you know that I prayed and prayed about the Lord giving me a heart for cleaning my house, since it is SO culturally important here.  Well guess what.  I love waking up, getting my cup of coffee, that Jacob made before he left for the feria, and getting to work on the house.  And it stays clean for maybe an hour all together, but at least I worked on it and all the clothes get washed and put away and we start the weekend off with a clean house.

Here are a couple of pictures from today, Saturday, March 28, 2009.  One is of Sophia.  When I woke up, the game that she and Lizzie had been playing was “Decorate Sophia with markers and stickers!”  Another is a picture of the hot peppers that Jacob found this morning at the feria.  You know how we love hot sauce.  Jacob is the king of making wonderful hot sauce.  Another is a picture of one morning at the “Greasy Spoon.”  Unfortunately, it was not today.  They had about 6 men this morning.  But you can at least have a picture to go by.  Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Our 10th wedding anniversary!

Friday night, Jacob and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a bunch of friends.  A mission team was visiting the school and offered to keep the children of our school for 3 hours so the adults could have a night out.  It happened to fall on our 10th anniversary.  So we went to this restaurant with our friends.  It was quite an exciting night…Tully ended up needing to do the Heimlich on one of our friends who got chocked on a piece of meat.  Everything ended up fine and she is now okay, but it was scary there for a bit.  God is good.  Dawn (Tully’s wife) was going to sit next to Esther, but for some reason Tully ended up sitting next to her.  God provided, because he responded so quickly and literally saved her life.  We will try not to get chocked up everytime with remember our 10th anniversary! 😉

10th anniversary dinner

10th anniversary dinner

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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