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.

You can send us comments through the blog and we would love to hear from you.


Blogger Michael Takemura said...

Praying for each of you.

Michael & Jena Takemura

Forever Young
by Max Lucado

"Whoever tries to keep his life safe will lose it, and the man who is prepared to lose his life will preserve it." LUKE 17:33 (PHILLIPS)

“There are two ways to view life,” Jesus is saying, “those who protect it or those who pursue it. The wisest are not the ones with the most years in their lives, but the most life in their years.”

What Annie Dillard says about writing in The Writing Life is true about life: “One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, play it, lose it all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”

There is a rawness and a wonder to life. Pursue it. Hunt for it. Sell out to get it. Don’t listen to the whines of those who have settled for a second-rate life and want you to do the same so they won’t feel guilty. Your goal is not to live long; it’s to live.

Jesus says the options are clear. On one side there is the voice of safety. You can build a fire in the hearth, stay inside, and stay warm and dry and safe. You can’t get hurt if you never get out, right? You can’t be criticized for what you don’t try, right? You can’t fall if you don’t take a stand, right? You can’t lose your balance if you never climb, right? So, don’t try it. Take the safe route.

Or you can hear the voice of adventure—God’s adventure. Instead of building a fire in your hearth, build a fire in your heart. Follow God’s impulses. Adopt the child. Move overseas. Teach the class. Change careers. Run for office. Make a difference. Sure it isn’t safe, but what is?

You think staying inside out of the cold is safe? Jesus disagrees. “Whoever tries to keep his life safe will lose it.” I like the words of General Douglas MacArthur when he was seventy-eight: “Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.”

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