Hi guys!! Well, we have been back in the States now for a week and it has been packed with activity!! 🙂 Thanks to your prayers, our flights were the smoothest yet. Zorro (our dog) did fantastic on the plane, I think most passengers were shocked when we were deplaning and they realized we had a dog, because he did not make a peep! And the customs officials were great! They thought he was the cutest and were so sweet to him!! We rented a car and drove from Orlando to Charleston and arrived around 3am! It was very easy and it was nice to wake up at mom and dad’s house!! We were able to spend a couple of days in Charleston. Mom and dad and I walked the Stono bridge a couple of times (3 miles) in preparation for the Cooper River Bridge Walk. And we were able to spend my birthday with my parents!! It was a great day! Then we headed to Easley and got settled in at the Boles wonderful house! We got to worship with our family at Mount Moriah Baptist and that is always a treasure and treat, something that we do not take for granted – being able to worship with other believers in English!! 🙂 This week will be a busy week! I am finishing creating our newest video. I will speak tonight with a women’s mission group and then we are speaking tomorrow night in Belton, then I speak at the IABC conference Saturday at 11:15am, and then we are speaking at a missions meeting at Mt. Airy Sunday night! Please be in prayer about all of these! Please pray that God would be glorified and others would draw closer to God through our sharing.
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If you would like to check out the photos we took during Mount Moriah Baptist’s trip to Costa Rica, check them out at this link…..
We were so blessed by this team coming to serve with us in Costa Rica. Not only did they share their testimonies of our Lord’s glorious work in their lives, conduct Bible studies, lead singing and play with the children, but most importantly, they shared God’s love with the Ticos and our family! What a joy and privilege to have them!
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.
We 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!!
What a wonderful time of year when we can gather together and express all of the reasons that we are thankful to our Lord for His provisions! He has not only provided for our physical needs and blessed us with wonderful families and friends, but He has supplied for all of our spiritual needs with the finished work of Christ on the cross to forgive our sins! The thing that we are most thankful for!!
Here in Costa Rica, they do not have the Thanksgiving holiday, but we are celebrating none the less. We are going to have a few tico friends over and I am going to attempt to cook an entire feast – including cooking turkey for the first time!! We not only want to share with them this United States tradition of a big day of food and perhaps play some football americano, but also share with them how God has blessed us and how we owe Him everything for all that He has given us.
God has truly blessed us with another year in Costa Rica of service for Him. At this point, Jacob leads 11 Bible studies each week!!! That is amazing and a huge answer to prayer! The kids enjoy going with him to some of these and they enjoy playing soccer each week with the kids in Cipreses!! The kids and I are enjoying homeschooling and I am thrilled with my health progress!! In the last couple of weeks, I have been able to chase the kids around like I used to and play ball with them! I am feeling better than I have in over a year!! God is so good!
We have been so blessed by great friends and family that love us from a distance and continue to pray and support us! Thank you so much!! God is using you mightily here in Costa Rica, even though you are in the US. We are praying for you as you pray for us!!
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Here are some recent photos…
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….
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.