Imagine this...you're a Costa Rican sitting in your humble home with your family in a small town. Next thing you know, a group of Gringos are knocking at your door along with two translators, a local pastor that you recognize, and a few people from the local church. Why are they here? What are they doing?
After a couple of introductions you realize that these people haven't come to tell you how to live your life or demand that you attend their church. Instead, they came with a large bag of groceries and toiletry items: rice, beans, oil, flour, sugar, bananas, salsa, dish cloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc..
You had a need for these things so you are very thankful and polite. Actually, you didn't have many of these items because keeping a seasonal job is virtually impossible. Thinking of the smiling faces of the kids playing outside that you are responsible to feed begins to overwhelm your emotions.
You hold it together until someone from the team asks, "Is there anything going on in your life that we can pray with you about?" This question unleashes the floodgates of your eyes. You don't know what to ask for, so you ask for a general prayer. The team begins to lift their voices passionately to God and you feel something. Something you haven't felt before, but you do not know what to do about it.
The team ends their prayer and say "adios." They leave happily and start off to their next scheduled home. You're left stunned. Something happened in your heart. You want what they have. So you do the only thing you know to do, you run after them and beg them to come back so that you too can begin having a relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ.
This is exactly what happened a month ago as I led a missions team from my parent's church!
Two young women came after us to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior after receiving a simple bag of groceries! Reaching out to the lost can be so easy! To see more of what happened that week you can view their
trip journal here
The following two weeks we had two more teams come and serve in Costa Rica. Each week brings new stories of God's grace and amazing testimonies of God intervening to show love to those who are in need. Anna led two of these life changing trips, check out their Trip Journals here: Filadelfia and San Fernando.
Starting THIS SATURDAY, you can follow another trip that I'll be leading in Liberia, Costa Rica! I appreciate your prayers as we seek to share the Gospel with the help of two families that are coming to serve here in Costa Rica.