Friday, June 29, 2012

Costa Rica - The Full Album of Pictures

As I write this I'm sitting in the airport in El Salvador waiting for my plane back to the U.S. This morning the team said our goodbyes and parted ways heading back to Virginia, North Carolina, and California. We had a wonderful experience, and I was blessed by how smooth the trip ran, especially since most of us did not meet one another until we arrived in Costa Rica. God is good and we were so blessed to be able to partner with God and His work in the world. Click here to see the full photo album.

Costa Rica - Thursday

Today we went to the Los Cuad Ros section of San Jose - one of the roughest areas of the city. There we met up with David and Maria who run Un Corazon Samaritano (The Samaritan's Heart) - a ministry to those in need. We helped them run their outreach to children. What a beautiful couple doing a great work! This evening we drove 2 hours to a small church and ministered. Our friends Walter and Yadira from Guatemala shared and it was a powerful service! Afterward we gave out toys to the children and toiletry kits to the adults.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Costa Rica - Wednesday

On Wednesday we drove back to San Jose from Puerto Viejo. During the morning the team went shopping, then in the evening we traveled an hour to Heredia where we ministered at a church. The church is in a tough area, but they are doing a great work! We got back to our lodging at 11pm and were up and at 'em again early this morning. It's our last day of ministry before returning to the United States.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Costa Rica Rain Forest Zip-Line Video

Costa Rica - Tuesday

Have to run as we're about to head back to San Jose, but wanted to give a quick update. Yesterday we spent the morning doing our fun activitiy: zip-lining in the rain forest. Totally sweet! We saw some toucans and a couple of sloths ... really neat! When we returned we saw several monkeys in the trees outside of our hotel. Also saw several iguanas. In the evening the team went to another church to minister and Abby, Walter, Yadira and I returned to the church we were at Monday night to minister in a special service. Wonderful day!


Sid the Sloth. One of 2 sloths we saw.

Howler monkey outside our hotel room.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Costa Rica - Monday

This morning we were up at 6am and packed up and on the road by 7:30am. We headed up north through the rain forest to Puerto Viejo where we're staying until Wednesday. This evening we drove an hour away from our hotel and ministered in a small church. Before the service we went door to door giving out flip flops and bags of toiletries and inviting people from the community to come to the church for the service. Many did and we had perhaps 40 people there plus our team. The children of the church had prepared a special in honor of our coming and sang "Open the Eyes of My Heart" for us in English. So precious! We then did dramas, singing, testimonies, and I preached. A few people responded to receive Christ and we also had a time of ministry to the people of the church. When we finished they served us some fruit. They're praying for a big revival in the area, and they asked me if I would return tomorrow night to preach again while the team goes to another church. People are inviting the unsaved of the community, so please pray for many to give their lives to Christ. Thank you!

If you can zoom in, you can actually see the smoke rising out of an active volcano at about 9 o'clock.
Dinner in the rainforest!

The bats hanging in the rafters outside our room. Well, we shouldn't have any problems with mosquitos! lol!
Little girl excitedly showing me the ground where a new church will soon stand.
The children sang "Open the Eyes of My Heart" in English as a special gift for us for coming.

With the pastors.