Again, I apologize for not keeping y’all updated consistently! But heres a big update on life. As I continue this journey, the Holy Spirit keeps reminding me of Moses in Exodus:
The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
…offering everything I have, and watching God use it. Overwhelmed and under qualified is exactly where he wants me.
So here are a few epic things that have happened this past month!
1. MEGA TURNO! Mega Turno was a Vida Joven club for the entire country of Costa Rica! It was so awesome. Vida Joven, Vidas Jovenes, Capernaum, and International Young Life clubs were all in attendance. There were carnival games, an inflatable rock wall, and a lot of food. After enjoying the carnival, we had club. Grace and I had the honors of participating in the up front game and making fools of ourselves. It was such a blast to see all the different ministries come together and party. Like I keep saying, God is doing big things in this country.
2. Alajuela Club. Instituto de Alajuela is where our GenCo YLX team spent a week in June making their club room a welcoming place where all kids feel welcome and the gospel is proclaimed. It was soooo cool to see our hard work be put to use. About 100 kids continued to roll into club all night. A lot of them weren’t even interested in playing the games. They sat on the side and hung out with their friends. But they stayed throughout the night and heard the good news of Jesus Christ at the end of the night. Seriously, I am soooo honored to play the smallest part in what happens in the gymnasium every Thursday night.
4. I learned how to make patacones! I got to hang out with my favorite people in Alajuela; Dani, Carolina, Maria, and Meli <3. We made delicious patacones and talked in Spanglish all day. I love these people.
5. Costa Rica was blessed with the presence of some Young Life history makers this month. Marty Caldwell, the senior vice president of international Young Life, and his wife Susan came to town and joined our Misionero meeting. They were genuinely interested in what each of us is doing in Costa Rica, and left us with some encouraging wisdom: “Jesus leads fearful people to take courageous action.”
We also got to meet Marvin and Wilma. Marvin is the man who brought Young Life to Costa Rica. Together, him and Wilma started Vida Joven Costa Rica. They shared with us the entire story of how Jesus worked through them to share the gospel with the teenagers of Costa Rica. It was beautiful to see them reminisce through the failed attempts, the answer to prayers, and the crazy things that happen when you simply obey what Jesus has called you to do.
6. The beach! So the first week I was here, we went to the beach. And I hated it so much. It was way too hot. The water is so salty and it burns your eyes. The sun burns my skin. It was miserable. I never wanted to go to the beach again. But, they talked me into it. Saturday we took 6 Young Life girls with us, spent the day hanging out at the beach and learning how to surf. It was so much fun! All of the girls not only attempted to surf, but ALL of them succeeded! Even one girl who told us the night before that she doesn’t know how to swim! They’re a fearless bunch. We had so much fun. The girls went home that night, but us leaders stayed at the beach for the weekend. Monday, I woke up with Kelly and Becca to see the sunrise on the beach. There was a slight overcast, but theres no such thing as a bad sunrise. It was beautiful and worth it. The beach totally redeemed itself this weekend. I love surfing. I love the beach.
7. Hey, I broke my pinky. Monday morning we went to the beach for the morning. But it was cut short because somehow my finger got pinched by the leash of my board and almost ripped off. It’s all good though. Kaylee and Bradyn went to the closest store and bought some gauze, duct tape, and ice cream. They took one for the team, and ate ice cream so I could use the popsicle sticks as a splint. Jason taped up my finger and we were off to the clinic in Jaco. While Kaylee waited with me in the clinic, everyone enjoyed some Taco Bar and got me a Cas smoothie. The doctor said that the nail needed to be removed and I’d need to go to the hospital for surgery. So he cleaned up my bloody mess and sent us to the hospital in Escazu. With a full car and a dog, we headed out on our 1.5 hour road trip to the hospital. The surgeon met us there. He numbed me up, stitched my pinky back together, and stuck a pin in my bone to hold it together. They pumped me with antibiotics and morphine, then sent me home with more antibiotics and pain meds. All is well now! My people down here are taking great care of me. I am so grateful for their love! This sounds crazy, but it was such a good day! I was surrounded by a fun crew. And thanks to my body going into shock, I barely felt any pain 🙂
So theres a quick update.
Heres some prayer requests:
I am so grateful for my donors. Each month we get a check to pay for rent and other living expenses. When I cash my check, I pray over the money I received and for each of my donors who are so willing to join me and support me in this journey. I love you all so so much. I am still about $2,000 short of being fully funded. Please continue praying with me in this!
Tomorrow I am headed to Wyld Life camp at La Cumbre with 60 of my closest friends! Please pray for safe travels there and back, for our speaker Mike Bredeweg (who came all the way from Michigan to share with us!), for the health and safety of everyone, for program, and simply that the gospel is proclaimed clearly through the silly games, skits, and through Mike.
Pray for my host family!
Pray for my pinky. Specifically for infection to stay away, and that I get this pin out before I come home December 9 for Christmas!
I love you all. I have so much more I want to share with you. But I’m learning the hard way that my pain medicine and coffee is not the best combination while trying to communicate clearly. Sorry if theres a ridiculous amount of typos. Or if things don’t make sense.
I will do my best to keep you all informed more often through this blog!
Love you. Muchas gracias.