Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On Sunday, after church, our friends, Trina and Ede who were visiting from the United States, and Maurice and Anna and their children from church and also Travis and his girls from the Finca  went to pray for a nearby family to the Finca.  The little girl in the picture with Ritch is  Crystal.  She is 6 years old and was injured at birth, so that she has to use a walker to get around.  She also does not speak very well, but her spirit is amazing.  We were able to get her up and take several steps without her walker!  Praise Jesus.  Her face lit up when she was able to do that.  We also prayed for the Grandma who has diabetes and is losing sight in one eye and finding it very difficult to walk.

Even though we did not see a 100% healing, it is not about the healing, it is about obeying God and praying.  When we are obedient, He will come through.  We will continue to visit this family and pray.  People need to see you care.  Just love the one in front of you.

Prayer is so powerful.  It should be our first weapon, but sadly, it is usually our last.  We try everything else, then we go to God in prayer.  We say, “Well now all I can do is pray”.  No, start by praying.  Ask God what He wants to do in this situation and then “Do it”.  Praise is also very important.  God inhabits our praise.  So, give thanks.  Fill your mouth with praise at all times, in all things.

This is Holy Week.  Spend time reflecting on all the good God has given you.  And remember the same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the grave dwells in you.

May you be blessed this week and fall deeper in love with God each day.IMG_20180325_162319613

March 15, 2018

Good Morning,

On Tuesday afternoon we had the privilege to bless a young mother and her daughter.  Carmen came over to our house and told us about this family.  She had never meant them either, but just heard their story from her cousin.  The little girl, about 8 years of age and had been attacked by a dog, and had bites on her face.  The mom had not been able to work while she cared for her child, so she was out of food.

We immediately went to the local grocery store and bought supplies to take to them.  We weren’t sure how we would be received, since we were not known to them and we knew they were not Christians.   However, we were received with open arms.  The little girl is doing well and her stitches are supposed to come out today.  I believe she will have minimal scarring, Praise Jesus!

I was able to pray for the mom and tell her how much Jesus loves her.  She told me I remind her of her mom.  I held her in my arms and just loved on her.  I know we were sent there for her.  She needs a new revelation of the Father’s love.  Her name is Annielee.  Please lift her up in your prayers and pray for more opportunities to release the love of God.

This is the mandate for each of us, to love the one in front of us.  We just happen to be in a foreign country, but God’s love works no matter where we are.  Today, be intentional about loving the one in front of you.  It may be your child, spouse, neighbor or a stranger.  A smile, a hug, a touch, a kind word, all represent love to someone in need.

Have a great day and be blessed.

March 7, 2018

We are now back down off the mountain and have internet again.  Hopefully, I will be able to post a little more regularly and get this website updated.

This Saturday, the 10th, we are delivering a new washing machine to Grace.  It is going to be a surprise for her.  It should also make her life a little easier.  She has been doing laundry on a washboard since her old machine broke.

For those who see our posts on Facebook, we have asked for prayer.  Your prayers have been felt and answered.  We have been under attack from the enemy, but our God is faithful and we are more than conquerors!  I know the battle is not over yet, but we are standing firm on the Word and taking territory back.  When the storm is raging, you know to stand back and get ready for the upgrade in the Kingdom!  We are believing for the salvation of the country of Costa Rica and for the evil to be eradicated!  The battle is His.

As for our container, no, it still has not arrived in Samara.  We are getting closer.  Pray it is released and we can get it this weekend or next.

We have friends from the States coming to do ministry with us in two weeks.  We are really looking forward to spending time with Trina and Edie and watching how God is going to move.  So if you feel you are a intercessor, please cover this time in prayer and prepare the hearts and minds to receive.  We will be fasting and praying.

We love each one of you and feel so blessed that you feel led to partner with us. We have been in contact with Penny Williams of Seeds of Hope here in Costa Rica.  We will be planning a trip soon to visit her and see how she has developed her program for at risk youth.

February 27, 2018

We had to take a trip to the capital, San Jose last week to take care of some legal business.  We took some good friends along as we wanted to celebrate her birthday.  As we started our trip we asked the Lord to lead us to people to bless and pray for.  Well, the Lord came through as always.  We got stopped for a few minutes for road construction and there was a man asking for money for his son’s cancer treatments.  We gave him some money, but more importantly we prayed for healing for his son and blessings over him and his family.  We may never know how effective our prayers were this side of eternity, but we were faithful to the one God put in front of us.  But, just like God, He wasn’t done with us yet.

At the hotel the next morning, we met a woman from West Virginia. We spoke for awhile and found out she is a widow, she lost her home in the floods of West Virginia a few years back and she was in a bad car accident.  But through all her adversity she has maintained a beautiful attitude and really loves the Lord.  We prayed for her and she wanted the address to our website to share with her church back home.  God is so faithful and loving.  It is such an honor and privilege to get up each morning and serve Him in any way He leads.

On a personal note, we are still awaiting our container to be moved from Customs in San Jose over to Samara.  The process is longer than I ever anticipated, but I know God’s timing is perfect.

We are slowly making connections here.  I had a conversation with a friend of mine here from Costa Rica (a Tica).  We spoke at length about the cultural differences between our two countries and the perceived differences, whether real or not.  She was cautioning me to make sure I go slowly and communicate to the locals as openly as possible.  Their perception of Americans is that we look down upon them and consider ourselves superior.  We think of them as poor and helpless, which is a major affront to them.  Of course, we don’t feel that way, but we have to earn their trust slowly.  Very good advice that I am trying very hard to implement in my every day dealings.



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We have been very busy, but unfortunately have not had access to the internet.  One of the many challenges to living in another country.  On Saturday, the 10th, we went to see our friends, Grace and Anna that we minister to every month.  We took our usual bags of rice and beans, as they are very poor.  While we were back in the United States for a couple of weeks, Grace’s grandson and his girlfriend have moved into the house too.  Both of them are battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol.  The grandson, Juancarlo, asked for prayer for his addiction.  His girlfriend is too afraid.  They were sober for 2 weeks and her depression was just too much to handle.  All in God’s timing.  She is very curious about the things of God and asks alot of questions.  Ritch and I are still learning Spanish (which seems like a never ending battle) so we take our very good friend, Carmen as out interpreter.  She is a Christian also who loves to pray for others.  We make a very good team.

Sunday we went to church and heard an excellent sermon from our pastors wife’s father visiting from Tennessee.  His sermon was about the importance of studying God’s word.  After church, we invited our new friends, Maurice and Anna and their three children up for lunch.  We swam in the pool and hung out talking about the things of God.  My favorite way to spend the day!

Yesterday, we drove with our lawyer to Liberia, a 2 hour drive each way, to the immigration office.  We are proud to say we are on our way to becoming legal residents of Costa Rica.  It is a long process, but well worth it.  As in all of Costa Rica, it is hurry up and wait.  We arrived at the office and the line was out the door.  Costa Ricans are the most patient people I have ever met.  No one complained.  We just all got in the line and waited for our turn.  It probably only took about another 2 hours, but now that process is over.  The next step is to get in line at the office of CAJA, which is equivalent to our Social Security.  They will determine how much we have to pay into the system each month for healthcare, etc.

So today, I am in Samara and sitting in the shade with internet.  I am also doing my laundry as I wait.  The laundry facilities are also outside under a covered patio.  It really is quite pleasant.  The temperature is in the high 80’s right now and will be in the 90’s later.  This is the dry season of Costa Rica.  There are two seasons, dry and rainy.  We will not see rain until the rainy season starts in May.  Then it will rain every day for about an hour until October.  October is the wettest month here.  By December, we are back in the dry months.  Come April we will see the highest temperatures of the year.  So, if you do not like the heat, avoid Costa Rica in April, at least on the Pacific Ocean side.  Costa Rica actually has a climate for just about everyone depending on where you want to live.

This morning, the howler monkeys came to eat out of the mango tree right beside our patio.  I love to watch them climb and swing through the trees.  Ritch and I even enjoy the sound the males make as they stake claim to their territory!