Day Four – Costa Rica Journal – Making A Difference

hospital cr blanketsOn Friday morning, we headed off to the hospital, to pray for the sick. Our first stop was the Administration office, where we spent some time with the women in charge of Patient Administration. The hospital was in total disarray, due to a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on September 8, 2012. Ten stories of the hospital, in one area, were damaged, and they were still trying to pull themselves out of this tragedy and move forward, but as a result, patients were being treated in many outsourced areas and it was quite difficult for the staff during this time.

She shared her testimony of the day of the earthquake, while watching beams falling and believing that she would die in the chaos. Her testimony touched us all and we spent some time praying for her, asking God to give her strength for the task before her and blessed her with many fleece blankets that we had brought with us.

hospital cr 2We then moved to a men’s ward and we broke into groups, to pray for these men and share the love of Jesus with them. They were very receptive of our prayers and it was good to know that we were bringing a light of hope in their otherwise dark day. There were no private rooms, it was six to eight men in a room, with all sorts of ailments, but God knew what each needed and we moved from man to man, room to room, sharing His healing touch!

We then moved to the children’s ward for an opportunity to pray for the kids, to touch their little lives. There is something about a sick child that touches a mama’s heart and I have to say, this part of the mission is always the most challenging, but also the most rewarding. With great challenges come great opportunity, and we were about to have opportunity to bless parents and children alike.

One of the girls did face painting for some of the kids who were less serious, anything to take their minds off of their circumstances the kids who were less serious, anything to take their minds off of their circumstances. We had beanie babies for the kids, something that they could play with, love on, while they were sick; having a friend to love always makes things better!

hospital cr 4One little boy really touched my heart. He had gotten into some sort of poison and was in an induced coma while they were working to remove the poison from his system. What a special little angel. I am believing that God healed Josue that day, that His healing hand touched that little boy and made him well!

After the hospital, we headed back to the house for lunch. Again, our hearts were touched by what God has allowed us to see. We really don’t know the result of our prayers, but we believed that God heard our requests and physical bodies were healed, in the name of JESUS!

poor section 3After lunch, we headed out to another outreach, to a less fortunate section of town to bless the children in this community. We had lots of toys, candy and gifts and everyone was eager to once again, share God’s Extreme Love. It’s amazing, that when you are willing the opportunities arise. We had brought four suitcases full of gifts for the men, women and children of this community, everything donated with love. Being able to bless so many was a blessing in itself!

Everyone piled into the little church building and a good time was had by all! There must have been about 75 kids, all under the age of seven. This scripture surely did fit this event, The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) Unconditional love, pure and simple!

pool 1This little church was so hot inside that everyone was wringing wet by the time we left, so immediately upon return to the house, many team members jumped into the pool to cool off. It was so special the bond the team was forming, there is something extraordinary about sharing Extreme Love on another level, a connection that is unbreakable, and this team experienced that, so very special!

The Women’s Conference was Friday evening and everyone was excited to see yet what God had in store for us all. It seemed like the blessings just never stopped and they didn’t. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. God is so amazing … so very amazing!

pastor Martin and Pastora SoniaThe Conference was held at Lily of the Valley Church, in Miramar, Costa Rica with Pastor Martin and Pastora Sonia. Such a beautiful church, such a wonderful presence of the Spirit here. We could not have asked for a better place to minister His Word! As we entered the church, the music was in full swing and the seats were filled with hearts searching for a touch from The Lord! The air of anticipation of what was to come was strong, we could all feel the presence of The Lord in this place!

The theme song for the week was, Como Dijiste, and once we found out the meaning of the words, we realized that God truly was pouring out his spirit upon us! The chorus says, “So won’t you come, come like you promised. Pour out your spirit. Pour out your spirit.” A simple prayer, a mighty response! His Spirit was touching hearts all over the place that night. There was probably between 800 – 1000 women there that evening, and I was overwhelmed and humbled by the move of The Lord in all the hearts. Truly amazing – truly awesome! Such an amazing time in His presence!

So thankful for this Godly couple whose hearts are so pure and who allow the Spirit to move freely in their midst. I had been at this church on my visit to Costa Rica two years ago, but they were out of town that weekend, and I had not met them. I truly loved their hearts, their family, and their church. If I were to ever find myself residing in Costa Rica, this church would be my home!

conference 3The dancing at the church was breathtaking, and tonight we watched in awe as the women gave honor to Their King. I know this type of dance isn’t that common in the US, and for that I am sorry. It is so worshipful to watch, to be a part of. The faces of the dancers were that of pure love, just so very special!

women's conference CR - 3Gaby and I gave a message that night on how much Jesus loves us, that nothing can ever separate us from His great love. I shared my testimony, how I had spent 40 years of my life running from God, but he never gave up on me. And that the plans he had for me were for good and not for evil, to give me hope and a future. Without him, I felt pretty hopeless, I was an empty shell, but after I let Jesus into my life, everything changed; the bad was turned to His good! And that is the plan He has for you as well! He wants to turn your bad into HIS GOOD!

praying at conference 3The ministry after the message was such a sweet time, it was evident that the Spirit was touching hearts. There is nothing better than to see God working on hearts and having the opportunity to pray for healing and hope. All the girls were ministering in prayer and it was truly something special. There was fruit being produced from all the work that had gone into this night, and that had been my prayer for the past six months, for hearts to be touched by Him! Thank you Jesus!

joyce and gaby conference fridayWe were so thankful that the work that God began in us was used for His Glory!

women's conference - costa rica

Laundry Love – Servolution Project

On Saturday,  June 19, several members of The Tree of Life church blessed the customers of a local laudromat by paying for their laundry to be washed and dried.  Popping quarters into the machines was a simple way to share God’s love.  Yes!  $100 was donated to bless the community.  Thank you all who donated funds and or participated in this simple act of kindness.

Living Stone for May – Betty Clark

 

Betty Clark  –  May  2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

Betty Clark is a true Living Stone.  She loves Jesus and she loves people.  Betty is the original prayer warrior.  She spends hours in intercessory prayer for The Tree of Life, it’s    members, our country and those in authority.  Betty loves to pray!  She is also the wife of our elder, Terry, and helps with the offering, communion and greeting.  Betty Clark, you Rock!

 
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
   I Peter 2:4,5

Tree of Life Birthday Bash – August 8, 2010

On August 8th, The Tree of Life celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary.  A decade of sharing God’s love with the community!  It also happened to be Pastor Andrew’s birthday.  We enjoyed a great worship service, message and then birthday cake!  God has impacted so many lives in the past ten years, it will be so exciting to watch what He does the next ten!