Saturday, July 9, 2011

        We were invited to join the Costa Rican YWAM (Youth With A Mission) group from San Jose. There was a church group from Wisconsin coming for a week and they needed us to be interpreters, help in the kitchen and participate in face to face interaction with the people in the city of Jaco. Jaco is a town littered with prostitution, drugs, alcohol, and gangs  but in the middle are the most tender of God's creation- the children.  
            During this week we are entering Jaco as prayer warriors and love givers of Jesus as we put on and participate in children's church, vacation bible schools, construction projects, bible distribution and mentoring and loving upon the kids and teens.
            It was an honored to be asked. It was a great experience but stretch for us because there is so much to do in such a short amount of time. This team had several things they had brought with them and we got to just come along side them and assist in a VBS, talking to the people in the streets and inviting them to join in some group activities.  Everyone was blessed but God blessed us who were the givers so much more. It was an amazing experience. 
           The prayer cover going into and out reach like this is very important. Knowing we have that from our family and friends all over the world gives us the confidence and strength to continue on these adventures. Thank you to all our faithful prayer warriors!!
             We returned to our small town exhausted but so happy to have been asked to be part of this out reach. We offered to be on call anytime if they might need us again. Now, back home we continue to minister to the ones around us and teach English and lead worship at our church. We have been very busy with the everyday things that come our way. I love the saying that says, “Tell the good news about Jesus, and if necessary use words.” We live each day to its fullest and trust that the lives we are investing time into and encouraging are making a difference and giving hope to many.
 Micah 6:8 And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Cornelio and Cailene leading a youth group