Hey everyone. Here’s a little bit about what we’ve been up to in Costa Rica
We’ve just wrapped up our third semester here in Costa Rica as our group of students left this past Monday. It’s always a little weird for us as each semester comes to an end. We spend time and energy pouring into a group of people, getting to know them like family and watching God do really great things in their lives, and then have to say goodbye without knowing if we’ll ever see them in person again. It’s a hard thing to get used to, but we’re so thankful for every individual that God has brought into our lives each semester.
Here are a few highlights from the past few months
In April we took the students on a Mission trip to Nicaragua where we were able to serve alongside Chris’s parents, Jaime & Monica, at Campo Gonia. Campo Gonia is a men’s discipleship ranch that they are directing in Nicaragua. The trip was a blessing in many ways for us; being able to visit with family and also serve alongside them and with the students was so sweet. This trip followed a weeklong class of Cross Cultural Missions. It was nice to balance the in-class study with the practical application of serving.
We were so happy to have Pastor Bryan and Lisa come down for the last 2 weeks of the semester. Pastor Bryan taught a block class on Christian Ministry. To have someone who has so many years of experience in ministry come and share was a great blessing for the students. We also were encouraged and refreshed to have them spend some personal time with us.
This month we also celebrated Jaime’s first birthday. We can’t believe how fast a year has gone by and how quickly he is growing into a little boy! We thank God for his life!
It is really exciting to see the Spanish Bible College students so passionate about studying. They get off at work around 6pm and come to the Romans class tired but ready to study. The same students we started with were faithful and completed the 15-week course this past Thursday. As their teacher, to see their diligence and desire to learn was exciting and encouraging to me. I can’t wait to start the next class; Systematic Theology.
During this break between semesters, we are looking forward to visiting both of our families, serving along side the church here and the groups coming to serve for the summer, and seeking God’s direction as we prepare for the following semester.
-Praise report: Thank you praying for David’s mom. Her surgery to remove the tumor was a success. We praise God for that and also for her quick recovery.