Sunday, November 24, 2013

Confessions

Well, it has been a little while since I have taken some time to sit down and write. 

*sigh* 

Where to begin? Lately I have been feeling a little down, and then I will feel good. It goes up and down like a roller coaster.  It is not easy trying to respond to God's call on my life when it is completely opposite of what a typical young adult is doing these days. I definitely think I am doing what God wants me to for the time being. I'm just saying it isn't easy at all. 

Trust me, being a missionary is not a glamorous occupation. Spiritual warfare is increased because we are on the front lines of the battlefield accomplishing kingdom work and the devil despises that. I have been talking to many people, from all walks of life, about my adventure to Costa Rica! And I am so thankful for the amazing support I have received, financial and prayers. 

It is a humbling and slightly awkward thing to ask people for money to live on. But God is abundantly clear all throughout the bible that he will protect and care for his people. His arm is not too short to rescue me. When all I feel like is doing is complaining he is there I remind me that he holds my lot. 

However, I'm just beig honest when it can be discouraging. Reach out to your friends that are on the mission field in another country. Some people might be isolated. Tired, worn out, and hungry to be fed because they are being poured out into others lives. It is exhausting work in the fullest sense of the word. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. Regardless of what walk of life you are currently in, God has sent trials to strengthen you and make you into the man or woman he created you to be. Also, he put you through the ringer so that you will be able to encourage someone who is going through a similar situation. People that live in the United States need encouragement and perspective from those on the missionaries who are serving on the global mission field and vice versa. 

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1, 2)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Your love is relentless

I can't even begin to tell you how blessed 6:8 is to have the Celebration Medical team here! They are so awesome. The teams leaders are so proactive and helpful. The team is constantly an example of what unity looks like. All of them are of one mind and they work so well together. We have had an incredible turnout wherever we have held the clinics. The first day began with orientation, counting medicine, and coming to church. After church and a quick lunch we opened a clinc in the church for the church members. It was meant to be a low key event an it was, yet we still had a decent amount of people show up.

The next day we were in Verbena all day. It was insane but also really awsome! Once all the patient papers were totaled, I found out we saw 176 people!!! I'm telling you, these people are organized! They have everyone go to a triage station for vitals where they receive their paperwork. Whenever a provider is ready, the next patient is called for treatment. After diagnosis, the patient takes his/her paperwork/perscription to the pharmacy station.

On Tuesday we went to Tiribi. Tuesday was probably the most draining day. We easily saw over 250 people!!! It was much more organized with the flow of care for people but it was a crazy day nonetheless. Again, the unity in the team was mind-blowing. There was not one selfish person in the group. Everyone was helping each other, they'll probably never know how much of a blessing it was for me to see their Christlikeness lived out.

Today the group spilt into two smaller groups. One group went back to verbena to make house calls and check up on people who had been seen Monday. The group I was with went back to Tiribi but we went to Tiribi school. Today was strictly an educational day for the kids. The doctor and nurses couldn't prescribe any medication because they needed written permission from the parents, and the fact that we were able to go to the school was last minute anyway. It was a great day! We went from classroom to classroom talking about how to keep your mind, body, and heart heathy.




















Saturday, November 2, 2013

Kids club

Yesterday was my second day attending the kids club that is held at Igelsia CelebraciĆ³n. This facet of the ministry is run by my super cool, amazing, fun loving, and talented roommate, Alix. She is such a vital part to this ministry and I love watching her interact with these people who she loves dearly.

The typical routine usually follows this pattern: we set up tables and chairs in the church and put games, coloring books, and play dough on the tables. These items are out for kids to play with while we wait for everyone who is coming for the day to arrive. Once we know who will be participating in the club for the day we start off with prayer. All of the kids and volunteers hold hands and go around thanking God for something :) After prayer we sing some songs and then have a bible lesson. Next is English class which is facilitated by Chaz, one of out amazing staff members. Then kids take turns to read aloud for story time. Once that is finished they sit down back at the tables and eat a snack and then play some more while they wait for their parents to pick them up.


Later in the day some of my friends and I had hamburger and movie night. It was really fun! :)


I can't even begin to put into words how incredible it is to be back here. There are so many awesome staff members to be reunited with and many, many, many, amazing friend to see as well. I'm so blessed by these people and the local church here. It is awesome to be able to see how a lot of people younger than me and some my age are a shining light for Jesus in one of the darkest places in Costa Rica. They are an example for me and their encourage my faith.