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Debriefing is a time to look back on the summer and see what God has done in and through our team. We want this to be more than a great summer of travel and serving Jesus. We want this to lead to a lifetime of ministry for them back home with their peers. When we asked some of our students to share a story about God showing this summer here are a few of their responses:

“I was in a group with about 2-3 other people, and we were talking with about 8 young kids ages 2-10. We shared with them who we are, why we’re here and who Jesus is. We told them that Jesus died for their sins so they could have eternal life, that he had a plan for their lives and that He wanted to have a personal relationship with them. We asked them if they had a personal relationship with God, and many said yes. But one boy who was about 5 years old shook his head no. We asked if he wanted to invite Jesus into his life and he said yes! We helped him pray to receive Jesus into his heart. It was awesome to be a part of that experience and help lead someone to Christ.”
-Mercy Baird

“So, one cool moment for me on this trip was when we went to the school in Orosi. First, we spent a lot of time building connections with the students by playing games and them giving us a tour of the school. Then we were able to share with them the difference between a person who gives their life to Jesus vs. a person living their life for themselves. They were all super engaged, especially the teacher who asked each of us, “Why do you follow God the way you do? What motivates you to do this?” Then we each got to share our stories and why we were here. This led to us sharing the gospel and how to have a personal relationship with God. The Holy Spirit was totally present and gave us words to say and helping our translator with words he didn’t know he knew.”
-Izzy Hendricks

“In Cartago, we performed and after the drama and dances we all spread out to share. We were sharing with another person when an older lady came up to us asking if she could talk to us next. We finished speaking with the first person and went to share with this lady. We asked what she thought the drama was about. She knew exactly what it was about so I was kind of confused as to why she wanted to talk to us so badly. She started getting really emotional and she said she was a Christian but she had fallen away from it. We asked why and she explained how she had done really bad things such as drugs and alcohol. SHe said that she wanted to get back on track with God but she didn’t know how. We led her in a prayer to receive Christ and encouraged her that God had forgiven her and that she needed to forgive herself too. I think it was the most touching thing I have seen: someone wanting to change.”
-Arianna Hagerty

“One day while we were ministering Jeff (local Tico), Halsey (Nathan Halseth), Belsley (Nathan Belsley) and I were walking around after the performance looking for someone to talk to. As we were walking, I saw two police officers standing by their motor bikes. I felt like I should go talk to them but I was a little bit nervous at first. But I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to do it, so I got the other guys to walk over with me. I started talking with them, using Jeff to translate, and asked them if they had watched the drama. They said they had watched a little bit of it so I started to unpack it and explain it to them. Then I asked them if they had a relationship with Jesus and they both said they were Catholic. I asked if there was anything we could pray for with them. One of them said we could pray for her daughter but that we couldn’t pray with them right then because they were on duty. So I handed each of them a ‘Connecting with God’ booklet and thanked them for talking to us and we walked away. When we were back on the bus I remembered what she had asked us to pray for. So, I prayed for her daughter and for God to work in their lives and that they could find a church and a good community to be in. That experience helped me to be more confident about going and talking to people I don’t know and I’m very grateful to God for giving me the courage to do it.”
-Nate Morrison


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From our time at the Orosi school


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We all have our strengths. For some it is a winning personality, or physical ability, conversation skills, or a sense of direction. We all have things we naturally depend on. During these trips sometimes those are stripped away.

Our team is constantly praying that we grow in thinking and acting like Jesus. When God does that in our team, it can be hard. Growth in one area also means change. Change is hard but necessary.

This past week during our ministry outreach to high schools, we had a small injury to a team member, that lead to our main translator leaving four of our students alone in a classroom full of Spanish speaking high schoolers. There was fear and despair at first, but what came after was a dependence on something outside of the students’ strength. The Holy Spirit stepped in. He spoke through our team, using God’s Word that has been filling up our team daily. Hearts were stirred on a normal Tuesday morning.

One student said, “I felt God’s presence as we answered questions about, “Why would we even want to come to a small mountain village?” The locals see our USA culture through the lens of Hollywood. They asked our team, “You have everything, why come be with us?” Our team shared their motivation; our love of God, and that they could experience that love also.

Just picture this for a moment, local high school kids talking with other high school kids about growing in Christ. Praise God!

The team is choosing to depend on the Holy Spirit to help them in life/ministry, not their own strength!

We are heading to dinner shortly and will dive into God’s Word later tonight.

Talk to you later

-Rainer


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Our Costa Rica team moved dinner outside on a beautiful night! We enjoyed rice and garbanzo bean and chicken stew, tea and coffee. It was a wonderful evening after a good long day of ministry in a local high school.


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