Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Students express appreciation!

Samantha spent 3 months with us in Costa Rica. She was such a blessing to us and the school. She helped us with school administration and getting all our student information on the computer. She willingly helped with whatever project or outreach activity we had. In this picture she is showing some girls different ways to wrap scarfs around their neck for a new fashion. They loved learning new things from the “gringa”. It was a joy to have her volunteer her time, enthusiasm and love.

Daniela is one of our sponsored students who is excelling quickly. She wrote this letter in English.  "Hello, my name is Daniela Picado. I live with my mother and my brother. I walk 40 minutes to school everyday. My favorite foods are soup, pizza. I also practice scoccer every saturday. My hobbies are listen to music, read amazing books. Studying English is important to me becasue I want to be a turistic guide, English teacher or work in a call center. I am so grateful for the English Classes. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to study English. I'm very happy."

We try to listen to our students and ask questions that stimulate thinking and self-evaluation. Building self-worth and confidence is a very important part of what we do.

  Our neighbor Pablo came over to have Bonnie help review for his English test. He had dropped out of school and is working during the days to financially help his family. He now attends night school so he can receive his high school diploma. Bonnie has made several games to make learning English fun and create a safe learning environment. We encourage kids to stay in school and not drop out. Bonnie also gave Pablo an New testament Bible in Spanish and one in English so he could compare the words and increase his vocabulary. The word of God never returns void so this will open his heart as well as his mind. 

Cornelio and Cailene are so thankful to be be parents and to share God's love to the next generation! May each of us be faithful today in the role that God has given us.
Lets begin this summer with a fresh desire
 to serve HIM with our whole heart and use our time and talents to honor HIM..

Jesus ministered by approaching people with mercy and compassion. He did not judge he loved. It was that love that drew people and initiated a response. John 15:1

If you feel led to give financially, thank you! Please know that 100% of your donation will go to CGC Costa Rica. 


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!!

It is a great responsibility and blessing to be a mom! We have the privilege to  and raise our children in the ways of the Lord!

4 Ever

MAY beginnings start!

This is our neighbor Silvia and her baby Sofia who was born early weighing three pounds. After Sofia was in the hospital for 2 weeks, she was sent home now weighing four pounds. It was so nice that Silvia stopped by Bonnie's house to say hi and thank her for making Bread for her family when she and the baby were in the hospital and for the prayers. Silvia asked how old her baby needed to be before Bonnie would teach her to swim as Bonnie offered to give them a mother daughter water baby classes. Bonnie is sought out for teaching new and different things as well as caring about the details in others’ lives. 

One of Cornelio’s students came to class very sad and discouraged. His dad, in a fit of rage, had just let our students entire reptile collection go. Our student felt betrayed and deeply hurt as these were his pets and he spent a lot of time caring for them. Cornelio also having experienced fits of rage from  his father as a child could relate with his student They spent a lot of time together talking about how to honor parents but to not let their actions crush personal dreams and goals. God has created each of us for a purpose and we need to keep true to what God has called us to do using the interests, gifts and talents HE has given us.
Christian is one of our former students who graduated from our school. He was very shy and lacked confidence and focus when he came to us  When he completed our courses he was fluent in English and had goals and confidence. . His dad and he sold snow cones and mangoes to get  through the public school system. Uniforms are require for all.  This family is an example of the people we work with. They are humble and many are eager to learn new ways to  provide for their families through education. Christian is  a sophomore at the university studying business which he finds his English to be very helpful. We are involved in our students lives and we were at his high school graduation, The verse we gave him was: Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

     Cailene asked several girls to come to her house to teach them some crafts and so some baking. Few have ovens so they enjoy baking with her. Cailene’s house is a safe place to come with ideas and questions. These girls have a trust and respect for Cailene and many kids stop by just to talk. Now that Cailene is a mom and had her baby at the public hospital in San Jose, many pregnant girls have sought Cailene out for counsel as they are scared and need information and encouragement. There were 8 other to be mothers in the same labor room with Cailene so the giving birth in a big hospital is much different than in the states. God is using Cailene’s experiences to share the love of Jesus and teach of the hope and peace they can have through a personal relationship with Jesus.

      Love opens hearts. When people realize God is approachable, cares and is truly interested in all the details of ones life, then and only then can one boldly run to Him

God bless you for standing with us in prayer!!! 
 With grateful hearts we say "Thank You"
to those who prayerfully help and support us.
 Lives are being changed for eternity!
Blessings from Cornelio, Cailene and Bonnie!