What another fantastic week working for the Lord in Costa Rica!!! This week we were able to host our first team in our house!! The brave team to be the first was a wonderful team from Unity Baptist Church in Mississippi. They were such troopers! No complaining!! Even when two ladies did not understand for three days how to get the hot water to come out of the showers! They just patiently waited and finally asked, “Do any showers have hot water?” And Kelsey was able to show them! By the way, next week an electrician is coming to hopefully install “widow makers” in the back three bathrooms, so hot water in all five showers!! Yay! They also seemed very content with my cooking! I had purchased extra bread and peanut butter and jelly in case someone did not like or want what I had scheduled to eat. And you know what? No one used it!! The group was happy to pitch in and help out where ever/however we needed them to, in the kitchen or cleaning or whatever. They were awesome to have in our home.
They were also hard working in the towns of San Gerardo, Cot and Cipreses. They painted the inside of the library that Francisco has church in Cot. It looks wonderful with fresh new paint! They also went door to door spreading the gospel in San Gerardo and Cipreses. On Thursday they met a bunch of kids in San Gerardo and challenged them to a soccer match for Saturday. One great thing about planning it in advance was that we had time to recruit some ticos to be on our team 🙂 We had Monica, a young lady that is our new neighbor and her boyfriend Manrique, Suling, and Egidio on our team! Amazingly, we won! 6 to 3, I believe that Egidio scored 4 goals and Jacob scored 2. We also had an amazing goalie in Casey which the kids said was too big because he was so tall and blocked amazingly! It appears that everyone had a great time. The kids on the San Gerardo team kept saying, “Let’s just play for 5 more minutes!” They were not used to loosing and we were not used to winning, so we were happy to quit when time was up! Not to mention the elevation difference! They are probably a good 1000 feet higher than our house and our house is already at around 6000 ft above sea level!
Another neat thing that has happened between the last two teams is that as we go out, we have been taking along with us local teenagers to help us with translating and spreading the gospel. It was such a blessing to have Monica (our neighbor) join us. We have also had another young lady named Maria join us. She is a member of the church in Boqueron. To me, there is nothing sweeter than to see the young people being involved in the work of spreading the gospel. Last night at dinner Maria shared her testimony with a few of us and it too is so wonderful to see God working here. It is always wonderful to hear the testimony of how someone comes to trust Christ as their Savior. God is so good.
The Unity Baptist team flies out on Tuesday and a team from Glenwood Baptist in Easley, SC is arriving on Tuesday!!
Oh and for those of you keeping up with the jalapeno eating contest on chili night, Casey gave a valiant effort, but he was not able to beat Victor from Mt. Airy. We are not telling the amount of jalapeno slices that need to be eaten to beat Victor, but he has set the bar high! So we will see who challenges Victor’s record from the Glenwood team and keep you informed!!
We also just found a place in Cipreses to hold a church!! Praise the Lord! We hope to have our first service either this Sunday or the next!!! Our long term goal is to have a Tico take over this church so that it can be long lasting here in Cipreses, so also please pray that God would raise up just the right man for the task!
As far as my health goes, the team from Glenwood is bringing my medicine for the next 9 months! I will be starting Methotrexate (the new medication) on Wednesday. Please pray that my body will easily handle this new medication so that I can continue to work my way off of Prednisone. Thanks!! 🙂