Our Journey Home

Monday, August 5, 2013

San Jose mission trip, day 1 and day 2

We arrived in Costa Rica on Saturday, late in the afternoon. We had a small window of time to check into our hotel room before we headed to a local park. Although it was beginning to sprinkle outside, it was our hope to share the gospel, set up a bounce house for the children, and play a movie about Jesus for all the people of this particular neighborhood. We divided into teams of three- and every team had one translator- so we could go share the gospel and invite people to the event at the park. However, the rains grew heavier and heavier and we had to load up and leave after only one hour. We were much more successful on Sunday night, though! We traveled to another local neighborhood with park and we went door to door, inviting people to the movie and activities at the park. Twenty two people accepted Christ!
This week, we will be going into the local schools every morning to share the gospel. In the evenings, we will be going to local parks, just like Saturday and Sunday night- to share the gospel, provide family entertainment, and a movie. We are excited about God's plans for our time here, serving His people and sharing His good news! We are serving with teams from 2 other churches from the United States, one church is from Florida and the other is from California.
Thank you for praying!
ps- This is the song we sang during our worship time on Sunday morning. It was beautiful to hear  two different languages, singing this song of praise to our Heavenly Father.
This is a picture I took after we unloaded from the bus, on our first night in San Jose. This was Saturday night, the night we got rained out after about one hour.

I love this picture. If you look closely, you'll see the little children peeking at us from the window.
This is the view from our hotel room window. David and I are staying on the 8th floor.
The church, Iglesia Bautista, is currently meeting in a hotel every Sunday morning. It actually meets at the same hotel where we are staying! I took the picture above while the worship team was warming up for service.

Pastor Jerry (one of our team members from Faith) was invited to preach the message on Sunday morning.
 Above, you'll see that Jerry was accompanied by a translator.
 Jerry preached a message of God's grace and the hope we have in Christ alone.

 Below is a picture of David talking to his translator. David shared the gospel after the movie
presentation at the park on Sunday night.

  I was trying to take a picture of these boys playing their soccer game,
but one boy saw my camera
and shouted, "Camera! Camera!" and they all huddled
up for this photo! wink.
These precious children enjoyed the bounce house
and piƱata at the park on Sunday night!
"For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift- not from works, so that no one can boast."- Ephesians 2:8-9

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