Sunday, July 20, 2008

Happy Feet Ministry 2008

Bon día! Yesterday I returned from an amazing trip across Costa Rica. We met up with Aby Prado's missionary family to show compassion and love to several communities. We left behind symbols of this love through shoes, candy, toys, and clothes as well as smilies and silly magic shows to demonstrate how much God loves us.

In a single week, we traveled through all seven providences. The main emphasis on our trip was to humbly share the love of Jesus Christ through the Happy Feet Ministry. In doing so, we physically demonstrate what Jesus did for His disciples during their last meal together. (See John 13)

Our trip began with visiting the people of Guacimo, Limon. Among our many activities, we visited with a group of orphans and built relationships at a senior citizen home. Then we traveled to San Jose and visited the ministries of Ray and Kristi Rhoton. They recently adopted their daughter, Lily, from an a Kuna Yala indian village off the coast of Panama. (Amazing story!)

From San Jose, we traveled to the Guanacaste. This was a very special trip for me to revisit the children I met in 2005. Many had grown so much! We spent an entire day with the children and adults of San Lazaro. Before leaving, we played a fútbol (soccer) game with the village. And we won 8-4! (Thankfully some locals helped us out on our team. :)

This blog post doesn't even really begin to relate how amazing and life-changing this trip has been for me. I met many wonderful people and made a number of great new friends from Costa Rica and Georgia. Thank you all for praying for me and supporting me. I can assure you it made a difference!

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Costa Rica 2008! (July 12-19)

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

Hola! As some of you know, I traveled to Costa Rica in 2005 to participate in a humanitarian missions trip. We were able to reach the villages of San Lazaro and Guaytil with Christian love by giving new shoes to the children and cooking meals for each village. We also shared testimonies of how our lives changed forever by the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ.

This trip certainly made a lasting impression in my life and I often dream about returning. I've asked myself, how are the people of Costa Rica doing today? Did our first trip really leave a lasting impact with the children? What is God's plan for Costa Rica's future?

I may never fully know the answers to these questions, but my prayers have been answered... This year I've been given the unique opportunity to return!

Please remember me in your prayers. I'll post up the pictures when I get back!

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Thank you in advance for your love, prayers, and support!

Transformed In Christ,