Monday, October 23, 2006

Monday, October 23, 2006

We completed the work phase of our mission trip today at the children's home. Dr. Rita examined the children and found them all to be in great shape. The family houses look great and are well maintained. And the children are doing super with their house parents.

While Dr. Rita was examining the children with Laura Shook's assistance, the rest of us was working on the fence around the perimeter of the property...and hanging out with the children.

We have had a great trip. God has supplied our needs abundantly...to the point of providing extra workers from the language school that Steve Edward is attending. Because of the extra man power we were able to accomplish much more than we anticipated!

We will leave San Jose Tuesday morning for our trip to Arenal. We are anticipating a leisurely travel day on Tuesday and a great day of relaxation on Wednesday at the Tabacon.

We will return to San Jose early on Thursday morning to catch a 1:00 PM flight. Please pray for travel mercies as we spend several hours on the bus traveling mountain roads. And for speedy departures from San Jose and a safe arrive to Houston. There is always potential to spend hours in lines in customs and immigration, etc.

Thank you, Champion Forest, for being a generous people. God has extended His Body through your influence in Costa Rica.

This will be our last post until after we return to Houston.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sunday, October 22, 2006

We completed the LaCarpio leg of our mission trip today. Today in LaCarpio the doctors saw many patients. We also feed 150 children a lunch of PB & J sandwiches, bananas and Tang. In the Bible clubs today, we taught the story of Jesus feeding the 5000.

It has been a great trip and we have dozens of photos to share. There are a few from today published below.

On Monday, we will travel to the children's home. Dr. Rita will have the opportunity to examine the new children. We will also be available to do some light construction. Several of our team have not had the opportunity to visit Coronado, so it should be a great day. And there are new children that none of us have met.

Please continue to pray for our safe travel and to stay healthy. Also, pray for the children you see in the pictures. I realize that you don't know their names, BUT God does. The future of these children is dependent on your prayers and support.

"He who refreshes others will be refreshed" (Proverbs 11: 25b)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dr. Rita Lakes

Another day another praise. Our team is one of gifted prayer warriors who look forward to God's wonderful provisions. 1Cor. 12:7: Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. A bevy of helpers from the community, language students, retirees, and my favorite Carlos, (age 12) all helped in our clinic. The disease de jour at La Carpia has been streptococcus in many forms. We have seen its manifestation as sore throats, impetigo, scarlitina and strep skin infections after chickenpox.

It is wonderful that God placed us there just in the midst of the public health crisis. In addition, we have treated wonderful pathology and met many patients who we have treated on and off for the past 4-5 years.

Dr. Mark Barhorst

Christian Sylvan is a desperate young man, living in La Carpio, with his wife and two children separated from him by divorce. Life has been hard for him. Severe depression and possibly schizophrenia make it difficult for him to function in what is already a tough place to make it in life. Demon drug use may have played a role in his mental illness too, but he's clean now. He lost his job and soon after his family a year ago, and that's when drugs got him, in a moment of despair, of weakness, he succumbed. Without a job he can't afford his psych meds, which has him severely depressed at this time.

Yesterday we prayed with Christian, told him what his name means(he had no idea), and got him several months of his meds to help him get on his feet.A Bible you all provided him has his name written on its inner cover now.

Please put him in your prayers too.

Thanks to you all, and to our savior Jesus Christ, for putting me here to reach out to the people of La Carpio.


Dr. Mark

Laura Shook

I am so glad to be back in Costa Rica, and especially in La Carpio! It is always exciting to see the same children return to the clinic that we have seen for several years, and to see how they have grown, and to see the new little brothers and sisters that have been added to their families! We've had two full days of seeing patients. One special thing that happened today is a set of new 4 month old twins who came to the clinic! They were beautiful babies, and it was such a special priveledge to be able to pray for them as they are starting out in life. Dr. Rita and I have a special assistant - Carlos - a great young 14 year old who we have fallen in love with! He has been so much fun and it is obvious that he is very intelligent and has so much potential! Please pray for Carlos that God would continue to teach him and grow him in the wisdom and knowledge of Him. Thank you for praying for us while we're here! We depend on your prayers! - Laura

Kristina Farmer

Last night I read this devotional that really hit home. The first is by Elizabeth Elliot and it talks about the loaves and the fishes. Jesus asked for ALL and then Mrs. Elliot quotes a woman she heard in chapel saying, "If my life is broken when given to Jesus, it is because pieces will feed a multitude, while a loaf will satisfy only a little lad." Wow! My saving grace has been Mark 10:13-16. Jesus asks the children to come and touches and blesses them. That has been me. The reason this has been so powerful is because my espanol is no bueno, but I can smile, touch and bless in the name of Jesus. Thank you to all who are praying.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006

We arrived in San Jose safely late last night after a 2 hour departure delay, but thankfully immigrations and customs went very smoothly.

We had a great day in LaCarpio today. We focused our time this morning getting everything unloaded and the clinic up and running. We saw 88 patients in the clinic...the most "exciting" was an injury for a machete fight.

In the afternoon, we hosted Bible clubs for the children (of all ages). During the Bible club the children hear the story of Noah and the ark.

Tomorrow we will continue the clincs and the Bible clubs. We will also feed the children lunch.

Please continue to pray that we will have favor in the community and God's blessing on our work. Also, pray for us all to stay healthy.

Hopefully, we will have more on the blog tomorrow night from our group.

Thanks for checking us out.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

And we're off...

It's time for our next trip to Costa Rica! We will be departing IAH on Thursday, October 29, 2006 at 5:55 PM and arriving in Costa Rica at 8:39 PM.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we will be conducting medical clinics in LaCarpio. In addition to the medical clinics, we will be feeding the children lunch, and doing Bible clubs during the afternoon.

On Monday, we will travel to orphanage for a visit.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be for traveling and sighseeing.

Please be in prayer for us and for the people in which we come in contact.

The team is made up of Dr. Mark Barhorst, Mark Craber, Marcus Carber, Stacy Craber, Martha Eusse, Kristina Farmer, Dr. Rita Lakes, Stephen Ramsey, Bonnie Ritchey, Laura Shook, Janie Wills, Nathan White, and Morris Horner.

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