Monday, March 13, 2006

The posting from Monday will likely be the last until we return to Houston. We appreciate your prayers and thoughts. I will post more information and photos in the near future.

Blessings, Morris!

Work Day in Coronda--Children's Home (Monday--Part 2)

Monday's blog will most likely be our last entry until we return to Houston on Thursday. Thanks for reading and responding. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I will post more information and pictures when we return.

Blessings! Morris

LaCarpio:
I think of a carp, a fish which feeds upon the bottom, considered by most a trash fish, if caught it is thrown over the bank to rot. When I tried to find LaCarpio on the map before the trip I could not find it. It does not exist. I was told there could be 40,000 or more people there. They do not exist.

But they are there. I have seen them; they exist. Modern day lepers; gangsters, drug addicks, prostitutes, diease ridden, down trodden, dirty, the "po" (like Voddie Bachum says, "to poor to afford the "r", these people could not afford the "o" either and had to scrounge in the trash for the "po". But know thndey are people. "Healthy people don't need a doctor-sick people do." Lk 5:31-32

Yet there is a light. "I have come into the world as light." Jn 12:46

They are people; parents, children who smile and play. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them!" Mt 19:14

There are those who work each day here. "...I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from Satan to God." Acts 26:17-18

There are those who come to help; to heal, feed, quench thirst, to be a friend, to set free. "For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.I was naked, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me."Mt 25:35-36

"Let's get dirty, let's get used" - Audio Adrenaline

I am amazed at my own response. A feeling that I must rely on God... there is so much to do, so little time, so little ability to do all the things that need to be done. "Do you believe I am able to do this?" Mt 9:28

YES!

Noel thanked us for having patience with the people of LaCarpio. One of my prayers is to thank my Christos (and the people of LaCarpio) for having patience with me to respond. While I have a feeling of guilt, Christ gives me peace again. "...don't worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time." Mt 10:19-20

So many faces, voices, smiles, and names. All to be planted, watered, harvested, and sent to do the same. "One plants and another harvests..." Jn 4:37-38 "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men" Mt 4:19

Pray for the people of LaCarpio; "God blesses those who are poor and they realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs" Mt 5:3

Pray for the discipling of the boys, make them Jesus Freaks, that Steve is working with; that they will not fall prey to the gangs and drugs, that they become solid men, leaders who will change their, the, world.

Pray for God's Centurions leading from the front line, by example, Steve and Antonio. They are doing His Work. Pray Christs well refreshes them constantly, for wisdom and guidance, for safety, and to reap a bountiful harvest for the never ending Glory of God.

I am the way the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." Jn 4:16

What will I do in the future? Return, how could I not!

What will you do, where, when will is your LaCarpio to be?
*do something

Pablo Stirling


Just when I think I have been blessed more than I can imagine, God graciously shows himself again. I found myself in the midst of rolling hills covered with lush greenery. As we rounded each turn the view was greater than the previous. Then the greatest view of all came into sight, the orphanage. I long awaited this venture with God. I met six beautiful children. All full of grace, hope and childhood. All of which was once forgotten. We sanded and painted the new edition to the orphanage which will be a home for hopefully eight more children. The work was hard but I would not have missed it for the world. Later, as we were in the middle of working on the house and at peak exhaustion, God surrounded us with his presence and clouds floated across the area. It was cool, peaceful and stirring. When we least expect it, God speaks to us. We need only take the time to stop and listen. Today, I stopped, I listened and I will never forget his message. "You have done well my child and I am pleased" What a blessing to be still and know God.

Danielia Mickan

Work Day in Coronda--Children's Home (Monday)

The beautiful thing about Coronado besides the mountains, hanging clouds and lush scenery is the sweet hearts of the children in our home there. Presently, there are six children who have developed more wonderfully than we knew how to ask or think. They ha ve been loved back to health and the sparkle in their eyes is a clear look into their little hearts. Their progress is one that cannot be explained by psychotherapy or medicines but the agape love of the house parents and directors Roxanna and Noel. They have become attached and secure in their environment. This is evident by their wonderful behavior and progress in school and community. Their interaction and love of the dogs and pig is just great to witness. Emmanuel, our failure to thrive kiddo is thriving just great, thank you!!! This was so very rewarding to see. Thank you Champion Forest!!! and our fearless leader Morris.

Dr. Rita


have you ever seen impatiens growing wild up and down mountainsides? today's trip to the orphanage was simply beautiful, especially in contrast to where we've been in la carpio. there is so much potential to reach and disciple many children,one-by-one, through the orphanage, a plan/ministry that will really actually change lives and send these little ones back into their world with a heart for God. it is truly living out Jesus' scriptural precedent of caring for orphans. amazing!

i've been thinking about it, and i've narrowed it down to only about six kids that i think i need to bring home. is that o.k., duane? (see you thursday!)
becky

Sunday, March 12, 2006

March 12, 2006

Today was our last day in LaCarpio. On Monday, we will travel to Coronado to do some construction work on the next family house at the children's home. Since I've added a lot of pictures tonight.

Please keep praying. Thousands of seeds have been planted.

Morris

Theresa has a new friend. I'm sure her face is etched in Theresa's heart! Posted by Picasa

Becky in action. Posted by Picasa

Roxanna & Becky get ready to paint the little girl's fingernails at the carnival. Posted by Picasa

Paul may need to come home early? Any suggestions? Posted by Picasa

Emily and Tiffany Sedate preparing for the carnival. Posted by Picasa

Steve leads the children in a blessing before lunch. Steve Edwards is a member of CFBC. He is currently serving as a missionary in LaCarpio. Please pray for him as he faithfully serves God in Costa Rica. Posted by Picasa

Ronald and Haley get the Tang ready for lunch. Posted by Picasa

Jonathan, Haley, and Johnathan take a break from the Bible clubs for a quick photo. Posted by Picasa

Johnathan, Nelson, and Jonathan. Posted by Picasa

The whole group on our last day in LaCarpio. Posted by Picasa

Antonio, one of God's servants in Costa Rica. Please lift him up to the Father each day as he serves in LaCarpio each day. Posted by Picasa

Behind the scenes of the puppet show. Posted by Picasa

A teddy bear makes you feel better regradless of how sick you are! Posted by Picasa

Let's do Father Abraham one more time! Posted by Picasa

Dr Mark is looking pretty tired at this point! Posted by Picasa

Yummy! This is good stuff! Posted by Picasa

Kiddos lined up for the pb&j. Posted by Picasa

I think Paul has a new little buddy. Look out Cheri...I think he fits in Paul's carry on! Posted by Picasa

Wonder what Lorraine did that she ended up in jail? Posted by Picasa

The Sedates clean up after a hard day of Bible club. Posted by Picasa

Theresa and Becky planning for the next group of kids at the Bible club. Posted by Picasa

Johnathan and Jonathan gets the Tang ready. Posted by Picasa

How much peanut butter and jelly does it take to feed 150 kids? Ask Tricia! Posted by Picasa

How much peanut butter and jelly does it take to feed 150 kids? Ask Tricia. Posted by Picasa

Day 3 in LaCarpio (cont.)

hi everyone,
i was praying for you guys at home this morning early -- hope preschool sunday school at church went smooth. jonathan i. and i (that sounds funny) are trying to memorize a scripture every morning on the bus on the way to la carpio. this morning we worked on romans 5:11 - but also we joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we now receive the atonement. we concentrated on the joy part all through the day, believing the Word of God is trustworthy and powerful. the bible story today was Jesus and the children, my favorite, and we made these little stickers with scripture on them, to put on all the kids crafts everyday, so they would be taking the Word into their homes. Cindy, one of my little ten year old girls i have been working with, invited me into her home this afternoon to meet her mother. Steve Edwards went with me, and afterwards said it was really cool because no one has ever been invited into one of the homes before. i showed cindy a picture of her that i am keeping, and told her that i would be praying for her. we hugged and i told her i loved her. please pray with me for cindy and her future-- that in spite of the poverty and conditions she lives in that she would come to know Christ and be kept pure.
becky
ohyeah--the carnival was pretty crazy. i had the fingerpainting booth and have never painted so many seriously grimy little fingers in all my life!!!


Today was excellent! I was very sad to leave La Carpio. Little hands were grasping mine and kisses from every direction as we left. Very heart warming knowing that God had moved here. Today a small group ventured beyond our boundaries and found a new understanding of faith. We went on a prayer walk to bless the homes and people of La Carpio. I was a little scared as this was to be a little dangerous. I went boldly on a leap of faith and was greatly blessed for doing so! Little hands were sent by God to calm my every fear as children from La Carpio surrounded us at every turn. It was great for the children to be able to show us their homes. Amazing what hope comes from such devastation. Sweet little hands, beautiful little smiles....Thank you God.

Danielia Mickan

Day 3 in LaCarpio

Hola! Como Estas? That's about the extent of my spanish, but my gesturing has become much more fluent. Seriously though, this has been such an amazing trip. Being with this amazing group of people and seeing their different gifts being used for God is trully a special thing to witness. I just wish that everyone at home could be experiencing this special time with all of us. We covet all of your prayers for us...but more importanly, please be praying for these sweet children that we have been with the past three days. The joy on their faces when they see a simple smile or get a hug is almost too much to take in. Several have burned their smile in my heart. Pray that the touch that we've given will last and will remind them of the touch and love of Christ. We miss you all soooo much!! Gracias!

Jonathan Inabnit


"Para tras, por favor" (Please Back up) may be the phrase I have used the most today. There has definitly been a language barrier between us and the children, but love is a truly an international language. We may not understnad all of the words but when you see how the children react to our touch and attention, you realize that all our differences don't matter. There are so many faces I will remember forever. Nelson, the best helper you could ask for, and Alan the sweetest and most joyful little boy I have ever meet. These two and many other have touched my life so hat I will ever be the same. There are so many things in their lives that could cause them to loose hope, and rightfully so, but i am amazed at how much hope these children still have. Please continue to pray for the people of La Carpio! Pray for protection, hope that can only be Found in Christ, and for health. I pray that the time we spent with these people will not be remembered as work of people but the work of Jesus Christ. Hasta Luego! Miss all of you.

Johnathan Siefert

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which we have been called...Col.4:3. This prayer is being answered by many of the saints who are intercessing for us right now. Before the trip, the Holy Spirit directed the purchase of a nebulizer for our trip. As a gadget person, I felt that this was extremely indicated. With two liters of nebulizing medicine given by a local pharmacist and numerous treatments later, it was obvious why we needed it. The Lord provides even when we do not know why. I saw two patients with respiratory distress and many with their lungs filled with wheezes. After seeing myriads of patients with a number of interesting illnesses and conditions, God's greatest blessing was when a patient came from the carnival with a picture of himself that he had received as a special gift. He brought it to me so that I would not forget him. What a moment of blessing. God always surpasses our giving.

Dr. Rita

today was such a BLESSED day----GOD is sooooooo good----we saw a woman that was barely breathing because of a reaction she had to a medication she took and because of GOD'S
direction to bring a nebulizer we were able to act quickly and give her a treatment to open up her airway-----there were so many BLESSINGS that occured today i can't begin to tell them all
but after seeing 300 people here over a three day period i know GOD is REAL and ALIVE-----thank you JESUS for sending me here

lorraine

Saturday, March 11, 2006

2nd Day in LaCarpio (continued)

Words are not enough to describe the condition that the people of LaCarpio live in. My heart is specially touched my the elderly. Please keep this special group in your prayers. Their bodies ache from so many years of living a hard life. They however tend to their grand children, as their own. Pray that God becomes real to them, through hope and love. Many appreciated the bibles, however few can read them.

Irma Alvarez


wow--today was long--long---but worth every minute----we saw double the number of people
and my heart was touched by the babies (10 and 12 year olds) bringing in babies ( 2-6 year olds) for treatment----i pray that GOD give us the grace to see even more people tomorrow---please pray for the children

lorraine


We're at the end of our second day - and we're tired, grimy, and very happy (kinda like middle school camp). Every child is a unique treasure from the LORD - no less here than in Houston. The kids here are sweet (mostly), well behaved (sometimes), friendly (always), and quiet (ok - almost never...they are kids after all). I have difficulty in communicating because I never learned any Spanish (I took Latin in high school because the teacher was nicer). Tomorrow we will be saying "adios" to La Carpio. It will be difficult to leave these sweet children. Someone told me that "Ad" means "to, toward, or near" (from the Latin) - and "Dios" means "God". If you will please pray for the children of La Carpio as we bid them adios tomorrow. That they would be nearer God than before. We are grateful for this opportunity and those that have planted seeds before us. Thanks and God bless you. Adios.

Sonny

2nd Day in LaCarpio (continued)

Words are not enough to describe the condition that the people of LaCarpio live in. My heart is specially touched my the elderly. Please keep this special group in your prayers. Their bodies ache from so many years of living a hard life. They however tend to their grand children, as their own. Pray that God becomes real to them, through hope and love. Many appreciated the bibles, however few can read them.

Irma Alvarez


wow--today was long--long---but worth every minute----we saw double the number of people
and my heart was touched by the babies (10 and 12 year olds) bringing in babies ( 2-6 year olds) for treatment----i pray that GOD give us the grace to see even more people tomorrow---please pray for the children

lorraine


We're at the end of our second day - and we're tired, grimy, and very happy (kinda like middle school camp). Every child is a unique treasure from the LORD - no less here than in Houston. The kids here are sweet (mostly), well behaved (sometimes), friendly (always), and quiet (ok - almost never...they are kids after all). I have difficulty in communicating because I never learned any Spanish (I took Latin in high school because the teacher was nicer). Tomorrow we will be saying "adios" to La Carpio. It will be difficult to leave these sweet children. Someone told me that "Ad" means "to, toward, or near" (from the Latin) - and "Dios" means "God". If you will please pray for the children of La Carpio as we bid them adios tomorrow. That they would be nearer God than before. We are grateful for this opportunity and those that have planted seeds before us. Thanks and God bless you. Adios.

Sonny

Day 2 in LaCarpio

it's been another long, but productive day. emily and Trey are doing great here and are helping out a lot. Emily has been helping with the singing and puppet shows...Trey has been helping stuff goody bags for the carnival and tried his hand at puppet shows as well. Sonny and I have been busy organizing kids into groups for Bible lessons, crafts, and games. it's really hard to only let in about 40 kids at a time to do a session...especially when there are 30 more waiting outside to get in. we got to feed about 150 kids lunch today...peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bananas, and Tang to drink. Trey's favorite thing is to play catch with kids over the fence, Emily's favorite thing is to sing for the kids, Sonny's favorite thing is playing with the kids, and I love sitting with the kids during craft time and trying to talk to them...with Spanish and English all mixed together. keep praying for us!!!
Tiffany Sedate and family


the most excrutiationg thing for this preschool minister is being in a room full of kids and not being able to talk to them! why didn't i take spanish in high school??? or college, for that matter. someone hold me accountable here, i've GOT to learn how to communicate with these beautiful little ones.
for His children,
becky marshall


tommorrow (Sunday), is the carnival for all of the LaCarpio kids. I think I've made a friend,but I can't understand a WORD they're saying, so....So far, this whole trip has been a blast! I still can't believe I'm in Costa Rica. The people in LaCarpio are so poor, it makes me think how we should be thankful for everthing we have. They have open suage, rusty iron houses, and barely (so far that I know) have any clothes. Our pool in our hotel is...woah, brrr! It also is very shiny...@_@ This trip(so far) has been my favorite ever!
emily ^_^

My little friend's name is Miguel...I wish I could talk to him..I became his friend by tossing (tirar[Spanish for a tossing]) a balloon back and forth to him now I throw a hackysack to him and some of his buddies across a fence....he doesn't talk very much but I guess that's because he finally figured out that I can't speak Spanish....It's fun to be a "gatekeeper" and keep the kids there occupied and keep them from coming inside when there should be no mas ( no more) kids inside. This is a really fun trip so far and I have no doubt that it will be throughout the rest of the trip....Adios!
-Trey Sedate

What an experience! It is hard to describe the feeling of being with all the smiling faces and the hope that these children have in the midst of their poverty. They are ministering to us. Rita and I have been seeing the children in the clinic here and they are precious! Their parents are doing such a wonderful job in such difficult circumstances. Please pray for these faces that you see here. The Holy Spirit is at work here.
Lisa Rand

Urgent Prayer Request: Clemente visited our clinic today. He is an addict and his desire is to come out of the direction. Please pray that God will direct him to the perfect place for the help he needs.

Friday, March 10, 2006

First Day in LaCarpio

Halo from San Jose,

We arrived safely in San Jose very late last night. After a brief nights sleep, we hit the road early for our first day on the field. For those of us who had been before, it was so exciting to get on the bus knowing we would renew friendships with everyone.

It has been an incredible day. But, I'm going to let others tell you about it.

P.S. We had God's favor as we passed through customs...although we had some close calls and did lots of praying as we walked through. It's amazing what a stuffed animal can do!

Morris

Thanks for all your prayers while we had our first day here at LaCarpia. We had a wonderful day with the medical clinic going on upstairs and bible school going on downstairs. We had two sessions of bible study, did a puppet show, did craft projects, played games and had an incredible time of worship. It was good for me to see some of the kids I had seen when I was here two years ago. They have grown up a little but they are still as beautiful as they were before.

Tricia Burns

Today we have a very productive day at the Carpio, the two doctors and help saw about 60 people with all kind of problems. Also today was the first time people asked for Bibles, we gave away perhaps 30 of them.I feel the AllMighty is helping our efforts and ministry.

Cesar

today was our first day in the clinic and we saw alot of moms and babies--there's always several babies that just grab my heart and today it was the baby we saw with spinabifida----he was gorgeous and had a beautiful smile--even though he had a cast on his leg to straighten his club foot and a shunt in his brain to keep fluid from building up----something as simple as pre-natal vitamins could have prevented this awful disease----i pray that the moms we are seeing now and providing the vitamins they need will be blessed with healthy babies----i love being here and i wish i could bring these precious babies home with me

lorraine

La Carpio was the most heart touching place I have ever been in! There were so many beautiful faces of children. They were so loving. We treated many of them in clinic today. One little girl in particular captured my heart! I took her picture and showed it to her in return. She smiled and gave me a kiss. For the rest of the day she continued arriving by my side to give me a hug and a smile. No language barrier there...God is truly at work here. Thank you for your prayers.

Danielia Mickan

Emily leads us in worship as we sing "Here I Am to Worship." Posted by Picasa