Our January 2013 Costa Rica outreach team has been sharing God’s love in amazing ways. Here are just a few tidbits written from different members of the team.
Ministry Work on Base
Here on base there is a lot of different work to do, we try to help out wherever we can. There are daily work duties which we can do for the base, like caring for the animals (horses, goats, dogs and chickens) cleaning the living areas, bathrooms, and the kitchen after meals. Then there are work projects like fixing the driveway with concrete, weeding their massive garden, making the soccer field larger by whacking away bushes with machetes, and building a new staircase. We have been helping out with whatever we can… even butchering chickens. Outreach is not all about big evangelistic things; it is also a lot about being faithful in the little things. God has called us to love him and love people and if that looks like pulling weeds out of a garden for hours well we will put a 110% into that!
Being Blessed to Bless Others
I have always had a hard time putting myself out there and stepping out of my comfort zone. Our Leaders gave us a challenge; we were to split up into four pairs and find someone to bless with 5000 colones or $10.00 American. My partner and I prayed about whom to give it to. At first, we did not get a clear answer, so we began to walk. We saw this woman sweeping and stopped to talk to her. Since my partner did not speak any Spanish, I ended up translating for him. We prayed for her and then continued walking. The next person we ran into was a woman named Lydia. She hung out and talked with us for an hour and a half. God then told both my partner and I to give her the $10.00 it was not much but we knew she could use it. She felt so blessed that she invited us to come back to visit her! We then prayed for her and hugged. After having lunch at the park, we had an extra sandwich left over and did not feel the need to eat it. My partner and I walked over to some men sitting on benches and made conversation with them until it began to rain and we sought refuge under the awning of a huge Catholic church along with five homeless men. They were drunk and cheerful and joked and hung out for a while. Then I remembered I had an extra sandwich so I gave it to four of the men. They joyfully split it with smiles on their face. I did not think that the day would just be an adventure with food. The cool thing about it was there was no agenda at all. God can use whatever you are willing to give. By giving to them, we were blessed.
Tearing Down Walls
While we have been in Costa Rica, we have been attending a small local church who have been very hospitable to us. In return, we have helped them with some work in the church. One thing we did was help them tear down a large cement wall inside their building. At DP we spent three months breaking down walls in our lives that were keeping us from intimacy with God, while on outreach we broke down literal walls and in turn it brought us closer to the people of the church. Since then, we have had them over to the place we have been staying for fellowship and a fire as well as playing soccer with them on Sundays. This week we were all invited to go over for dinner at a family’s house from the church. It may seem like you have big walls in your life, but we have learned nothing is too big for Jesus. He will equip you with the right tools and strength to push through.
Every Monday we have had the extreme privilege of being able to go to a drug rehab center and spend time with the residents. Getting to know these courageous men and hearing just a little bit about their stories has been such an awesome and humbling opportunity. Seeing how God is moving in their lives and working to replace their chains of addiction with freedom has touched us all and helped to strengthen our own faith. God is so good and it has been such an inspiration so far to have just a little part in these brave men’s lives. We all look forward to getting to know them further and seeing them all completely restored and made new through Christ.
-January 2013 Leadership DTS Costa Rica Outreach Team